Traveling frequently to Baltimore, I worked with four congregations to create Quiet Service, a video study exploring the states of being that worship ignites. I was drawn to the spiritual space that people get into through religious rituals, the experience of being in and out, both here and elsewhere, at the same time. There are aspects of worship that involve the barest of detail--a connection, a sense, or an understanding of what it is to be human. Quiet Service (a term I borrowed from Susan Romantic of St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church) tries to capture some of those moments. Working with the congregations, I learned that worship isn’t simply seeing it as another person sees it and trying to be one with them; it’s more about empathy, or a dynamic process of getting closer, but also never forgetting where you’ve come from, and how the process of coming and going alters both where you came from and where you have arrived.
The music I have included in Quiet Service was written and performed by Sarah Cole.