Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Stuart Maninsin kiwi connexion for Trinity-at-Waiake

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Here's the script for today's video:
Sometimes the creative impulse in Christian ministry takes an unexpected turn.

We have seen how tacit knowledge is a powerful ally for  the artist.

Philosopher and scientist Michael Polanyi said that all thought is an incarnation.

But another insight – this time from Carl Gustav Jung – sheds even more light on the creative process.

Jung said that the process is an inner drive which  quote seizes a human being unquote

and hence the artist becomes the instrument of the art.

When an age or era moves into discord – just as we are living through now -

then the artists to meet the spiritual needs of society will indeed emerge.

I saw some parallels in what Jung sees and some of our participants in kiwi connexion.

In particular I wanted to consider the work of Stuart Manins.

Stuart's life work was in early childhood music education 

and his So-me Music Stories for Juniors had international success.

We've now made them an integral part of the kiwi connexion portfolio.

I asked Stuart to state, if possible, his artistic intent.

He said,  quote, I don’t really know why I do many things, 

other than I just want to do them for their own sake. Unquote. 

There's Jung's insight in play.

As you can see each section in Gospel has not only a retelling of the beatitudes but also a new hymn.

Stuart notes that quote

The reduction of this material into rhyming poetry, 

using folk tune as well as known hymns, 

appeals to me because I’m a music educationist who loves singing. 


The artists, movie-makers, poets, singers, song writers, and wordsmiths 

who work together in kiwi connexion have often experienced the pain of rejection.

The Christ within who compels them to create doesn't guarantee recognition or success.

Sometimes the images which emerge contain truths that disturb the familiar patterns of church life.

The culturally conditioned thought police are soon on the job

determining which images, which concepts, which new powerful insights shall be obliterated

so as not undo our complacency.

But the creative impulse isn't limited by that.

We employ as best we can new technologies 

to put our art and craft before congregations or audiences that no longer gather in the old way.

What I see is that there are many talented laity now doing this,

artists whose art of telling the gospel is the instrument of the gospel.

It plays them and no matter how small or large their contributions

the music they make is, as Beethoven experienced:

the dance of God within.

Spirituality from our disturbed time, in our disturbed time and for our disturbed time.