For almost fifteen years, Convergence has been exploring the intersection of art, faith and the human experience. Now, with we are creating ways to share what we've learned and experienced with others and finding new ways to connect with artists around faith and cultural engagement through soul|makers. https://youtu.be/oaPjZb-Sbow soul|makers Forming Emerging Leaders in the Arts … Continue reading soul|makers
It's easy to mistakenly think that My Life is over here (on the left side of the page) - made up of all those little dots - and God is somewhere "out there." When I do that, my center is constantly shifting as the little dots vie for attention and urgency. In that state of … Continue reading Yeah…But How?
Convergence is the culmination of 14 years of stories. The stories of people coming together to grow spiritually and creatively. The stories of people sharing an expanded vision of the world; supporting each other in their quest to become who they were created to be. Convergence is 14 years of stories about finding faith, hope … Continue reading Meet Convergence
Have you ever considered the possibility that your creative work in the world is ministry when it comes from a place rooted in Christ?
In Acts 17: 24-25 Paul talks to a group of educated, deeply religious Athenians and challenges their understanding of who and what "God" is. "The God who made the world and everything in it is the LORD of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served … Continue reading God does not live in temples built by human hands.
"Let purpose be your bouncer. Let it decide what goes into your gathering and what stays out."Priya Parker, The Art of Gathering As I'm reading through The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker with an eye to developing corporate worship I'm finding all sorts of great ideas and tips on ways to elevate the experience … Continue reading Let Purpose Be Your Bouncer
https://player.vimeo.com/video/259100287 Millennials are flocking to a host of new organizations that deepen community in ways that are powerful, surprising and even religious.The How We Gather Report Convergence began about 12 years ago. So, that is right in the middle of what was commonly referred to as the "Emergent Church Movement" (Click here for a great … Continue reading Millennials Are Changing The Way We Gather
By Lisa Smith. I’ve been reading different takes on “dealing with” creative people. It makes me laugh to see the advice people give. Usually it boils down to the equivalent of how to keep your pets entertained. “Dangle something shiny or give them treats hidden inside a toy so they don’t get bored.” Or how … Continue reading 10 Ways To “Deal” With Creatives In Your Congregation
By Lisa Smith. It is time to bring the power of the arts to the heart of the church. The arts are one of the most powerful means by which we explore the human experience. Through the arts we mine the deep existential questions of what it means to be human. We ask, “Who am … Continue reading Art, Existential Questions, And the Heart of the Church
By Lisa Smith. There is graffiti painted on the side of an underpass near my neighborhood. In large black and red colors it reads, “Art is Order.” Despite the irony of the tagger’s lack of respect for the order of law, I see it as a signpost declaring something true; on some level art is … Continue reading Art Is Order