CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY is a "thin place". Time and space matter less than the solidarity of God with us ,and between those who share God's calling. A unique collaboration of composer Pat Livingstone and film maker David J.M. Coleman, both members of the Iona Community, in the 75th anniversary year of the Community, which is also 1450 years since St Columba arrived on Iona. George & Colum had much in common: both 42, both damaged by warfare, and seeking a more positive vision, by the grace of God. Columba arrives, and his visions take shape; George arrives as war again dominates the world, and his visions lead to the rebuilding of the Abbey, a sign for a world with new challenges which are only to be faced with the support of the Communion of Saints... The sound texture is richly layered, and includes 'Courage Brother' by George's grandfather, as well as sounds recorded on Iona. The visuals employ many different techniques including conventional stop-motion animation, 3d computer modelling, digital rostrum work, live-action and stills. Also includes some elements which were part of the projection art of the 75th Anniversary service in Govan Old church.+ More details
Chevron is the name given to the formation taken by 'Wild geese in flight', which is the title of the music. A collaboration between composer Pat Livingstone and digital artist David J.M. Coleman of the Iona Community, an ecumenical religious order, seeking new ways to live Christianity with integrity, justice and compassion. For some years the Wild Goose has been for us a symbol of the Holy Spirit, so this clip touches on many of our concerns: for creativity, for the environment, for peace, for justice. We also tend sometimes to see ourselves and our working relationships with each other as like geese in a chevron. We are not spared the difficulties of discord under pressure, but by the grace of God, we survive, and leadership is both shared and successive. With gratitude to Justin at 'Geese at your feet' for the gun shots. CHEVRON Sea-born rising high departing breasting mountain, steel and high-streets nudging, changing, hardly noticed leading, guiding; also fragile; torn apart by mindless ambush bicker, squabble; we’re not spared our sanctuaries topple, safety scattering yet we hold the chevron, brave the fire And turn and turn still unexpected never back but ever forwards finding purpose new in protest energy from spirit blowing gathering up the stone inheritance reached for, yearned for still elusive still be with us friend unseen.+ More details
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