OK, so I helped to organise it, but I think it still counts.
During some recent training days with my lovely UCCF colleagues, my friend Chris and I organised a “culture evening.” We work with some very talented people, so the whole thing came together brillitantly.
The first half of the evening involved sampling some excellent food and drink, while having a chance to view some art work that people had brought along. And we followed that up with a chilled-out selection of music, poetry and a bit of story telling.
It’s tempting to see an evening like this as a bit of down-time from the important Bible teaching and training during the day. But I think it was more significant than that. It gave us an opportunity to get to know each other better – to share our passions and our insights, and to talk and explore together. And it gave us a chance to get to know God better, as we explored more of what it means to be made in the image of a creative, relational, self-giving God. And I was delighted by how everyone got involved. Some of us love this kind of thing, while it pushes others out of their comfort zone. But everyone engaged with what was offered seriously and generously, and with respect for what people had brought whether they ‘got’ it or not. I count it a real privilege to work with brothers and sisters who want to get to know God better, in all the different aspects of what that means. And I love that we can help each other to do that.
As part of the exhibition I showed my piece “Human, all too Human.” The setting was perfect, and it meant I got to display it exactly as I’d wanted to when I made it. It was the first time I’d properly shown it to anyone, and the first time I’d ever done anything even vaguely like an exhibition. So I was really touched by the encouraging comments some of my colleagues made as they interacted with it.
If you’re interested, here’s a photo…