Beyond launched last night with our first event - Seeing is Believing. 55 or so people attended from a wide variety of backgrounds to look at images of God in nature, in ourselves and through Jesus. The highlight of the evening was artist in residence 'My Dog Sighs' who painted 12 individual canvasses during the hour to create a total art piece called 'Am I Your God'. At the end of the evening people were invited to take the painting that they felt they identified with most. He's put some photos and comment up about this at MyDogSighs
Here's one of the paintings - we'll be posting more pictures from the event here over the next few days and hopefully will be able to assemble the complete set of 12 in some way.
What seemed to have struck most people was how many different ways there are to look at God and how rich an experience it can be to expose yourself to that variety.
Some comments from the event:
"My understanding of how God resonates in the world was affirmed."
"Good to have time to explore ideas/feelings with others in a safe environment."
"Reminded me of how amazing God is!"
"It inspired me to be more creative."
"Helped me clarify my thoughts on Jesus - what type of human he was."
Here's a flavour of the event..