Creating Faithful Spaces
~ Worship gatherings for all ages, ecumenical settings
~ Retreats on spiritual disciplines, worship design or
seasons of the church year
~Emerging Church Conversations
~ Imago Divina: Artful, Faithful and Legal Worship Projection
~ Liturgical Dance
~Keeping Sabbath and Taking Sabbatical
"Creative worship design is not about making worship entertaining. It is about making worship a deeper, richer, more immediate and authentic experience. Susan has a subtle and grounded way of designing worship that is moving—that is to say, it moves us from where we were into new depth of relationship to God, by moving beyond rituals that can sometimes become dry and brittle from repetition, by incorporating more than the senses of sight and hearing into our worship, moving our bodies as well. She also has a gift for inclusion, for seeing, drawing out and nourishing others' gifts and building community. She and her work are a delight and an inspiration, and I have treasured the opportunity to work with her. I eagerly look forward to the next time I have that chance."
~ David LaMotte, musician, writer, peace activist and speaker
Worship Projection & Imago Divina
How to do it artfully, faithfully and legally
I love worship when all elements work together to lift the gospel message and point us on toward God. As a pastor, I want the visual arts we incorporate in worship to be wonderful teaching tools, effective meditations on Scripture and lift up the Word for the gathered community. What skills will allow us time and space to design and create visuals that become liturgically meaningful aspects of worship? What makes visuals liturgically meaningful anyway?
Why use projection?
Most of the rest of us understand that church folks are profoundly visual and that younger generations experience significant parts of their lives online. Young people say being read to is the most boring part of worship. I consider the screen to be the equivalent of 21st century stained glass windows. And like stained glass, projection can be beautiful, powerful expressions of our deeply held convictions. Like some stained glass, our projection can also be confusing, cluttered or pretty to the point of obfuscating the significance of the biblical story and the world reality of life lived faithfully.
To the extent that projection, like music, liturgy, sacraments and preaching, can point the gathered community toward the movement of the Spirit in the world, then we should use any means at our disposal to communicate more effectively. That said, a congregation with a clearly expressed preference for traditional worship should be respected. Projection can be utilized across a broad range of worship styles – just like other worship elements.