Monday, 10 April 2017
The first Holy Week Hut of 2017 launched today.
Every evening this week we will be at Beach Hut 11 from 6.30pm-7.30pm as we mark Holy Week together. Each night a different artist will create an installation themed around an aspect of the Easter story.
Tonight we began with the Last Supper.
Here is that part of the narrative from the gospel of Matthew.
After sunset, Jesus and the Twelve were sitting around the table. During the meal, he said, “I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators.”
The installation had wine spilt in a shape that pre-figured the end of the story.
At the mid-point of the hour we broke bread and shared wine together as Jesus had asked us to during that first communion meal.
It became more poignant as we drew towards sunset and the time when Jesus and his disciples would have been eating together.
Revd. Sally Hitchiner is chaplain at Brunel University and the founder of Diverse church which supports LGBT+ Christians all over the UK. She is also a frequent media commentator and often appears on national TV reviewing the papers or being interviewed about church news.
She talked about the many issues which the church faces currently which can be seen as creating a crisis for the institution. It is helpful to view this in terms of liminal space and therefore becomes an opportunity rather than a threat. Liminal comes from the latin for threshold and can be seen as a creative opportunity to step out, rather than a defensive retreat. Living in a liminal space can be uncomfortable but is often a place where God can work.
You can listen to her talk HERE and you can download a pdf of her slides HERE.