Knife Angel

Written at the foot of this today, the knife angel is currently being displayed next to MIMA in Middlesbrough. Knife angel. Hands pained, Open. Eyes vacant, Tearful. Shoulder broad, Holding. Wings rusted, Shielding. Heart hidden, Hurting. Head bowed, Grieving. Fingers encouraging, Hoping. Wrists poised, Arrested. Knife angel, Standing. Knife angel, Hoping. Knife angel, Lifing. Knife angel, Feeling. Knife angel, Redeeming. Continue reading Knife Angel

Young people, Youth organisations and galleries: Working as allies for change. Guest Post by Mark Miller, Tate Modern

Young people, Youth organisations and galleries: Working as allies for change. By Mark Miller, Circuit Programme Lead, and Convenor: Young People’s Programmes Tate Britain and Tate Modern https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-miller-4a439831/ In this Guest Post, Mark Miller describes and outline The Circuit Programme, and asks critical questions of how young people engaged with Art within it over a four year period, and calls for youth organisations to develop … Continue reading Young people, Youth organisations and galleries: Working as allies for change. Guest Post by Mark Miller, Tate Modern

Why ‘what works’ shouldn’t be our motivation for mission with young people

“We need to do (insert ministry here) because that works with young people” or the more precious statement: “Show me where this works” The search for the silver bullet to solve the problem that young people cause adult society continues. Disruptive young people ‘are given interventions’ , young people who dont attend church are ‘engaged with’ . But more specifically, schemes, initiatives, projects and services are realised. … Continue reading Why ‘what works’ shouldn’t be our motivation for mission with young people

Where do we find you?

I sometimes struggled with the moments of church services that are spoken of that ‘God is in this place’, or ‘welcoming God here’ – and then a song is sung, or someone speaks. Dont get me wrong undoubtedly God is in those spaces, but often i struggle with finding God in these spaces, God almost feels to manufactured in the space, or predicted, or ‘scientific’ … Continue reading Where do we find you?

Lumiere Durham

The following piece of Art really caught my attention at Lumiere Durham on Sunday night; To me it caused me to reflect on identity, change, masks and the complexity of Humanity. After a week of learning and dialogue in one profession (youth work) across faiths, denominations, beliefs and positions within specific faiths contrasted with this weekends events in Paris and other cities, have caused me … Continue reading Lumiere Durham

Theatrical Conversations on the streets

“Each conversation is like a small piece of theatre, and within it we acquire a role” (Wardhaugh 1985) “Theatre happens when someone offers something- word or deed-to another” (Vanhoozer, 2010:43) I have a small confession to make; over the last 3-4 years i have developed a routine when I train detached youthworkers, volunteers or students even, when it comes to thinking about detached youthwork, especially … Continue reading Theatrical Conversations on the streets

The Theological Art of Youthwork

“Art gives us a taste of creation and restoration, of the beauty that was God’s original intent for the world. Art that points back to creation and forward to redemption is thus truer that merely imitates our fallen present. The values embodied by art are inescapably religious; art makes theological statements”  (Vanhoozer 1993 (on Calvin), in Vanhoozer 2002) “Youthworkers do not merely deliver youth work, they … Continue reading The Theological Art of Youthwork

Youthwork in the here and now – Theatrical Youthwork

Ive got to admit that in that moment when youthworkers get together and discuss about how films have shaped their youthwork, ive struggled. Probably because until recently i havent engaged critically with film as part of my life, or even that much with young people. Yes ive watched films ( and recently found ‘Jimmys Hall’ & ‘Selma’ very provoking and powerful in regard to working … Continue reading Youthwork in the here and now – Theatrical Youthwork