HOLY CITY: ‘Earthy Bodies’

Third instalment of Holy City’s 2013 programme, ‘BODY… flesh and bones and earthy faith’

Tonight - ‘Earthy Bodies’ - reflects on the vulnerability and fragility of life, both old and arriving, embodied and expectant, trusting and hoping in a new start… and a recovered Nativity.

Start Date:
Sunday 1st December 2013
Start Time:
Renfield St Stephen's Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow


‘Animated bodies’

a workshop with GRAHAM MAULE on making inanimate objects and matter morph and move and mutate (and any other verb that starts with ‘m’). Maximum 12 folk.

‘A present contemplation’

This time and space will allow an opportunity to reflect on both World Aids Day (and HIV/Aids in general) and also, on the terrible post-typhoon situation in the Philippines. We will listen to music, look at some images and mostly be quiet and reflect on these two heart-wrenching contexts of suffering, but also celebrate the human resilience, courage, hope and resurrection active in these contexts.

‘Smells, sweat and touch in the Gospels’

Many of our Christmas hymns speak more about the nature of Jesus than the flesh of Jesus, and much language about Jesus’ body surrounds itself with careful disclaimers - perhaps even his defecation was divine. This workshop, through stories, gospel readings and poetry, will discuss the body of Christ, and our own bodies, in all earthy goodness. PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA is a poet, theologian and conflict mediator living in Belfast. He likes a good curry and, for an Irishman, displays a spectacular lack of patriotism in his preference for Islay whiskies. Information, links and god-botherings available on www.intheshelter.com

‘Why are British children so unhappy?’

Pressurised and commercially vulnerable, our children are the most miserable in the world. Why is this? FIONA EVANS and CAROL McARTHUR will lead a discussion about childhood past and present with an experiential element.

Liturgy ‘Cloth for the cradle’

A participative liturgy to prepare for the arrival of a baby, the new, soon to be welcomed and harried in equal measure by those less young and those older. In sound, silence, song and symbolic action.

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