Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Centrality of What??

The Covenant Midwinter Conference leadership ask Martha and Jeanne to help design the "platform" for the meetings. As you might know, Jeanne and Martha design the altar-pieces at Montecito Covenant Church almost every week based on the text being preached. It's been a great process of give-and-take with these two creative women. They ask me for the text, theme and ideas, then they go brainstorm. Hours or days later they come back to me with ideas bout textures, colors, images and objects. We have interesting go-arounds about what works and what doesn't. But I am always moved by what results, pushing me to preach the word with greater clarity and precision.
This week I overheard their conversations about planning the design for the Midwinter event where the theme is the Centrality of the Word. With many sessions and a number of speakers, they kept asking and wondering about unifying themes and directions. It was great fun for me to listen to their creative process with someone else.
What I have been pondering since this conversation is the issue of centrality. What is "central" for a church? How does architecture reinforce or undercut what is central? What role does the visual play in determining what is central? What gets the most light is central because our eyes are drawn to the brightest objects. What is higher is more central to what is lower. What is in front is more central to that which is behind.
So, as you go into your church this week, what is most central? Cross, altar, pulpit, Bible, band, screen, organ, ????


At 4:25 PM , Blogger Rick said...

At CTK, Cross and Communion are center. Very Lutheran.

I cannot consider the Q however without remembering the architecture and art of Forest Park. The rock outside, the rock inside, and the baptismal font. Powerful.

At 6:30 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

I would love to do a Covenant photo tour with that centrality question in mind. It would be a good DMin project for someone.

At 2:37 PM , Anonymous katie said...

Don. Tell Martha and Jeanne I'm working on the haze machine, extra screens and bigger speakers. :)


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