In this episode we go deep into a wide-ranging dialogue with Caleb Maskell, founder of the Society of Vineyard Scholars and all around nice fella. This conversation dances between reflections on the life of mind, spiritual formation, leading well, creating flourishing environments, cultivating a prophetic and theological imagination, and a whole lot more. This one is worth your time, folks.
Imaginator hosts Matte Downey and Kris MacQueen join Vineyard Pastor and Visual Artist Rik Berry for an engaging, thoughtful and delightfully odd conversation about the Wild Goose (Holy Spirit). Come Holy Spirit... We're game for the chase.
There is beauty in this world that's so stunning there is pain in the beholding of it. Beauty that makes my eyes leak and my knees quiver. More often than not this beauty is clutched and shaped in the fire of suffering.
A few kilometres south of where we live is a region of rolling hills and (mostly) sleepy rivers, marshes and lakes. It's hard to imagine that... more
We're getting pretty excited about gathering together in Montreal this July for Portage, our national gathering. Here's a snapshot of some of the things we're thinking about:
A somewhat unsanitized discussion about Advent, Christmas, and Jesus coming to us as a screaming, poopy child. What does it mean to celebrate the coming of Christ without the soft-focus that the season sometimes forces on us?
Special thanks to Malcolm Guite for his generous permission to use his poem, "O Rex Gentium" from his "Sounding of The Seasons" collection of sonnets, and to Scott Buckley for... more
Advent is the beginning of the Christian Calendar and introduces us to the Season of Light. We can easily forget that Jesus came to a disenfranchised people, a politically powerless people who had known little but exile and occupation for generations.
Far from being a season of glitz and warm fuzzies, advent reminds us that Christ came into darkness and brought light with him. He came into a... more
Oh man, was this ever a lively conversation (seasoned with a touch of salt) with storyteller extraordinaire, Tom Vogel.
Tom has been enrapturing listeners for most of his life and brings his considerable wit and wisdom into the room as we look at storytelling as human vocation, ponder the distinctions between being historians and storytellers, and more. You won't believe Tom's shocking communion revelation!
We had a blast.
Whatʼs at stake in your art? How important is your imagination? Whatʼs on the line when you put paint to canvas or put pen to paper? When you pick up an instrument or project images on a screen or engage in whatever other creative discipline you use to bring your imagination to life, whatʼs at stake?
How important is the work of imagination, really? What are the consequences of quitting? If you lay... more
Mark your calendars. November 2-4, 2017 Vineyard Creative is hosting its first Imaginarium gathering in Cambridge Ontario. What in the world is an imaginarium you ask?
Here's how Wikipedia defines it:
"An imaginarium refers to a place devoted to the imagination. There are various types of imaginaria, centers largely devoted to stimulating and cultivating the imagination, towards scientific... more
This conversation with professional Montreal dancer Janelle Hacault was so much fun, challenging, and very moving (literally) for hosts Matte and Kris. Conclusion: the body matters. Our body is where joy is expressed and pain is worked through. There's a reason why Jesus has one and a reason why Scripture is so purposeful in applying the body metaphor to the Church.
Sometimes art literally saves lives. Sheri McConnell from Kelowna joins Kris MacQueen and Matte Downey for a conversation about what it means to affect change through creative work.
A conversation that touches some holy moments. Hosts Matte Downey and Kris MacQueen join Vineyard Canada National Director (and life-long imaginator/creative) David Ruis in exploring a conversation about "creational" creativity. What does the Church do with creativity that doesn't fit the mould we're used to? Does there need to be an explicit purpose in our creativity that validates it or is it enough to do work that we can look at and say "It's good"?