QUOTING FAMOUS OPINIONS
“. . . Churches divide people, with all respect, and people make their choices, but theater, which includes, doesn’t. It brings people together to listen, and there’s not many chances in this world to listen and consider and take things in slowly.” (To see this click on the above link and scroll down about a full frame beneath the video. Watch the video to see the full interview.)
The point made here is quite valid. Churches do have denominations that respect personal opinions regarding the full spectrum of their teachings regarding every aspect of possible human opinions regarding scripture. But might we filter this by considering her point of view as an expert actress on her theater experience? Her point of view is formed by all the times acting parts and viewing her audiences. Are they really viewed as inclusive–where churches are exclusive? Good point, and I think worthy of consideration here.
Look at this opinion of Brian Magorrian.
“The basic premise of this work (creating a sense of community while entertaining) is that if we discuss the problems, features, opportunities and possible futures for the theatre, much of what we say can also be applied to church and worship also. A simple exercise will illustrate this assertion: reread the above paragraph substituting “worship” for “theatre”: it still makes perfect sense. Why is this? What can the church learn from the theatre? What dramatic techniques can be brought into the worship and outreach of the church? This theological reflection seeks to address these questions.”
Another article by Dawn Wilson, Church-based theater ‘sows seeds’ in the community, makes and even better point.
“My passion for church drama ministry is to redeem the arts from what the secular culture has done with it,” Wood said. “I believe strongly that the church must reclaim the arts. Drama is a powerful communication tool – we communicate now more visually than verbally, so what better way to present the gospel than by using the communication tools of our culture, to present the gospel in new and exciting ways that are transformational.”
Wilson quotes Wood as saying, “The church theater is set apart from secular groups by the plays they produce, whether from the Bible or great works of literature.”
But this last example is the clincher: (taken from Amish Acers website, The Round Barn Theatre)
“In celebration of the 27th season of Plain and Fancy, The Round Barn Theatre surrounds it with one of the most varied seasons it has produced over the last quarter of a century. The main stage comes alive with Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping, Plain and Fancy, Nunsense A-men, 9 to 5 the musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Arsenic and Old Lace, plus, for the holidays, The Wizard of Oz.”
If you liked reading this, there is a conclusion found here — in this, that not so much of the differences, but more of the commonalities; as most social events — if we find them to be entertaining, and memorable, as well as inspiring, then their experience successfully unites our hearts. A formula of this might be, desire, fellowship, faith, joy, revelation, and love. (1 John 1:5-7 AMP) Now that’s true unity.
My thanks to the works of those linked to this. I had fun doing this. God has blessed us. Let me know what you think . . .
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