Its Friday, it’s five questions from the wonderful Sally. OK – lets go!
(Sally says) I
have spent the week at Summer School studying the Gospel and Western
culture, we have looked at art, literature, music, film and popular
culture in their myriad expressions. With that in mind I bring you the
cultural Friday 5.
A book that has helped, the good ol’ Book of Common Prayer. Lame answer I know, but I really do use it more than Sundays. A book that has challenged me, other than the Good one, would be Turning Points,: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity
by Mark A. Noll. How did it challenge me? I am still trying to read it while staying awake. Any suggestions or people who can heartily commend this one (besides my former pastor who tells me its a must read)?
2. Piece of music
Anything that comes from the Taizé community.
3. Work of art
My dads stuff. I find his work to be so much a part of my inner world, my spiritual landscape, and sometime I will grab a bunch of pictures and post them.
In America, The Shawshank Redemption, Frida, and I could go on. But I won’t. I’ll stop.
5. Unusual engagement with popular culture
My annual visits to the Minnesota State Fair, which started yesterday. It’s unusual and amazingly spiritual to me.
That have helped/ challenged you on your spiritual journey.
Bonus: Is engagement essential to your Christian faith, how and why?
Yes – I am 5 senses kinda of gal who needs to feel hear see smell touch my way through and into the mystery and holy. I pray with all kinds of art and gadgets to help. I need people, others, to see Jesus alive in the world. Those people are not normally Christian by the way.