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“Why it’s hard to be an artist in church–and what artists and churches can do about it” – An evening with Andy Crouch

Event Details

Event Date: June 4th, 2014
Venue: Bottega
Event Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $10

“Why it’s hard to be an artist in church–and what artists and churches can do about it” – An evening with Andy Crouch with music by Andrew Judah

“Has the church lost its influence in culture concerning the arts?” 

“How can we nurture the arts and artists?”

Writer, Edtitor, Musician and Public Speaker Andy Crouch is returning to Bottega for a special evening of conversation centred around his latest book Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. During the evening he will also pose the question, “Why do many artists find it so hard to stay connected to local churches?”  He will talk about the ways that churches can sometimes misunderstand and misuse artists’ gifts, and the ways that artists’ particular gifts also make them allergic to certain common features of church life. He will argue the case that the church is still worth believing in.  His talk will be followed by a Q and A time for response and interaction. The last time Andy was with us many commented afterward that it took weeks to digest the rich fare of creative ideas he presented. He is a very thought out communicator with a vast amount of experience.

We have invited Andy to speak on this topic because in our area many artistically minded people of faith see no point in attending church, and those who do are often leery of strong leadership, sometimes seen as unsupportive.  It seems to leave in its wake a church environment often bereft of power and influence and also one that can become creatively sterile.  There seems to be a prevalent belief that the church is being redefined, and yet so many of us are clueless as to what it would look like and are weary from years of faithfully attempting to figure it out. People are craving meaningful community and yet find the established church a barrier to that.  Our hope is to allow open conversation around this topic.

From Andy’s bio:

Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000.

Performing on the evening will be Andrew Judah.

Andrew Judah is a Songwriter/Composer from Kelowna, BC.  His music is an orchestrated mix of baroque pop, 60s folk and cinematic rock. In late 2011 Andrew released ‘Albino Black Bear’. In 2012 he formed a live band, growing the songs beyond their initial conception. In 2013 his music was used in over 15 major television ad campaigns, including a Super-Bowl commercial. He has been featured and interviewed on CBC Radio and Global TV. He is currently working on a follow up album, to be released in 2014.

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Andy Crouch Website

Andrew Judah Website


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