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/ 8 August 2017

Spiritually healthy creativity

Spiritually healthy creativity

On Saturday 21 October 2017, the Diocese of London are hosting their first day event for creatives, in partnership with The Haven + London.

Spiritually Healthy Creativity is a day event aimed at creatives all over London, with a hope to open up conversation around the mental, spiritual and creative flourishing of the artist. The day will feature keynote presentations from Murray Watts and Karen Covell, plus a range of workshops and a chance to network with other Christian creatives from the capital.

Murray Watts, playwright, screenwriter and Founder and Director of The Wayfarer Trust, will be speaking on flourishing as a creative artist. The Wayfarer Trust is ‘a Christian charity which seeks to encourage people from all walks of life to value the arts and to actively support all those striving for excellence and spiritual inspiration in the world of arts and media.’ Watts himself was a co-founder of Riding Lights Theatre Company, and with his company, Wayfarer Productions, he recently launched three new theatre productions which appeared to wide acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Karen Covell, producer and Founding Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network, will be sharing on how we can can support the creative mind as a church. Karen is an independent producer of films and television specials for JC Productions, and also speaks and teaches around the US and internationally on how people of faith can pray for the people in the entertainment industry. The Hollywood Prayer Network is ‘a nonprofit organisation led by entertainment industry Christians, seeking to impact our culture for Christ through prayer.’

As part of the day we will also see workshops hosted by Peterson Feital, Missioner to the Creative Industries in London and Founder of The Haven + London; Alastair Gordon, London-based artist & lecturer and co-founder of the Morphē Arts Trust; and Sara Schumacher, Tutor and Lecturer in Theology & the Arts at St Mellitus College.

The day will close in a simple communion service, drawing on a jazz aesthetic with the help of the Kairos Ensemble, Jez Carr (Curate at All Souls St Margaret’s) and Miriam Jones. Jazz offers us a unique perspective on the body of Christ, broken yet united: Born in the slavery of the Deep South, Jazz lifts our despair at this broken world into the gospel’s hope of freedom. Shaped in the cultural melting pots of the world, it brings us together amidst our differences.

This exciting event is the first of its kind hosted by the Diocese of London, and is an excellent opportunity to engage with the needs of those seeking to flourish both creatively and spiritually as artists in London.

Tickets and more information are available from www.thehavenlondon.com/shc-event. Book your place before 15 September and receive the Early Bird discount! The ticket price includes lunch and refreshments for the day.

About Gemma Scharnowski

Gemma is the Capital Vision 2020 Assistant at the Diocese of London; she is also a musical and visual artist and is part of the Creatives Network.

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