Open letter to the congregations of Blackwood and Belair Uniting Churches from Sarah Agnew:
With joy I anticipate another trip home this coming month, and the time I will spend with you again.
With gratitude, I think of you, knowing myself held in your prayers through this season of living in Edinburgh.
With hope, I pray that you are well, in good health as communities of faith, and as individual members among them.
As I prepare to tell stories in Adelaide, I have you most keenly in mind. Especially for the presentation of Paul’s letter to the Romans. An audience comprised of communities of faith with whom I have travelled, by whom I am held as a member, will provide an important point of difference to the general audience in the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh earlier in March. The role of the audience is a key element of my analysis of the process of internalising a biblical composition for performance – you are therefore very important for my PhD studies, again, and always, in this as in so many ways.
I hope I will welcome many of you into the space at Blackwood Uniting Church, the space of meeting in the proclamation of our inherited sacred text, on Sunday 17 April from 5-6pm. We are fully human only together, and in this task I know this so very keenly: I cannot do this PhD without you.
Perhaps I will also see you at the workshop earlier in the afternoon on the 17th from 3-4:30pm or for the (in)humanity stories at Pilgrim Church on Wednesday 27th at 7pm when we will also celebrate the release of my second poetry collection, The Only Constants.
And I look forward to joining with both congregations during April for gathered worship.
With much love, as always, in the Spirit of Holiness
Please contact Jacqui in the Blackwood Uniting Church office to book for the workshop or Romans performance.
Encourage One Another in Story: workshop in telling our stories. 3:00 pm Sunday 17 April, Blackwood Uniting Church
Welcome One Another in Love: performance of the letter to the Romans in a new interpretation for today. 5:00 pm Sunday 17 April, Blackwood Uniting Church
(in)humanity: stories of human fear and love. with Glenyce Durdin on piano, and launch of The Only Constants. Pilgrim Uniting Church, 7:00 pm Wednesday 27 April. (more info: email@example.com)