TransFORM - a missional community formation network

Visual Artists, Musicians, Creative Writers, etc.


Visual Artists, Musicians, Creative Writers, etc.

One of my operating assumptions about missional communities is that they allow space for creative types to breathe... or to allow the Spirit's breathing through them. This group is for all self-identified artists to connect, & maybe collaborate.

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Planning for worship for TransFORM conference

Started by Amy Moffitt. Last reply by Ben Buss Feb 27, 2010. 7 Replies

Howdy all! First off, my apologies to those of you whom I contacted ages ago about being involved in the creative worship bits at TransFORM conference (I'm thinking particularly of Callid and…Continue

Tags: gettin', word, down, for, Jesus

Artistically, what are the challenges of bringing together the creative and the communal?

Started by nic paton. Last reply by Jay Smith Nov 10, 2009. 11 Replies

One of the dichotomies experienced especially in church life, is that of the demands of the community (to agree, cohere, empathise) and the artist (to challenge and create). It might be expressed as…Continue

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Comment by Amy Moffitt on November 5, 2009 at 8:05am
@ Callid definitely down with having spoken word, as well as whatever guitar skills you can bring. I'm very much the beginner on guitar myself, so maybe you'll inspire me to bring out my guitar, too! :^)

@ Nic I just realized that your name is familiar because I've quoted you on my FB page. :^)

@ Tripp Cool! Thankfully April is still quite far away so there's some time to sort it out...
Comment by Tripp Hudgins on November 5, 2009 at 10:43am
Nic, I picked up a charango a little while ago. It's great fun. I'm still fumbling with it. There is a saz in my future...I hope. Ha!
Comment by Gene Anderson on November 6, 2009 at 2:00am
I'm a percussionist (djembe, conga, you name it...). Creative and communal? It's the key to percussion, you lead w/ rhythm, yet you must follow the flow of all around you, be it other musicians, those listening, your own heartbeat, even the heartbeat of the world. I find that drumming in sets when i'm home at the beach in Florida is helpful in this area.
Comment by Gene Anderson on November 6, 2009 at 2:01am
"sets" being the series of waves as they roll in from the open ocean...
Comment by nic paton on November 6, 2009 at 3:13am
Gene: Maybe you have never been afflicted by the anti-rhythm virus, in which case wonderful!, but in my formative years in church culture, rhythm was frowed upon and even demonised. I intuit that the future of worship will engage the rhythmic elements and by implication the earth and the body, as foremost in our new expressions.

Roll on, oh great Sets of God, roll on...
Comment by nic paton on November 6, 2009 at 3:14am
Tripp - so how many chords have you wangled from the Charango at this stage? Is your an armadillo shell or wood body?
Comment by nic paton on November 6, 2009 at 3:15am
Amy - I saw that! Did I say that? Frightening!
Comment by Amy Moffitt on November 6, 2009 at 8:30am
@ Gene FANTASTIC. The major hook that got me in deep with my community, Common Table, was the fact that we did some fully improved services featuring a variety of percussion instruments including the djembe. Rhythm is as close as our heartbeat and breath, and forms the foundation of all of our worship: dance, prayers, speech, song.
Any chance we can lure you up to DC in April to show off your skeels?
Comment by shawn on November 6, 2009 at 9:00am
Shawn Miller from Cleveland, OH checking in. I am employed by a large, mainstream Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) which I also happened to grow up in. Besides singing in the choir I do most of the technical work including audio and video editing, contemporary worship presentational design and graphic design (with some copywriting as needed when deadlines aren't met).
Comment by Amy Moffitt on November 6, 2009 at 10:14am
Welcome, Shawn! Do you have any examples of your stuff on the web?


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