Mission or artistic suicide? / Sendung oder künstlerischer Suizid?

«St. François d’Assise» Theater Basel October, 2020 ENGLISH Messiaen – deconstructed Mixed feelings after an evening at the theatre – who isn’t familiar with this? Last week it was the same again. After attending Olivier Messiaen’s opera «St. François d’Assise», we left the theatre uplifted by the wonderful music and the profound texts, but irritated

Do churches send artists into the world? / Senden Kirchen Künstler in die Welt?

Per Olov Enqvist (1934-2020) ENGLISH Thesis 9 on «Art and Church»:  The church understands itself to be a sending church, and therefore it also sends artists into the world. The Congo and the art world as mission fields «In order to become a missionary or a poet, one must receive a call and then be

Artist, create yourself! / Künstler, entwirf dich selbst!

Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908) ENGLISH Thesis 8 on «Church and Art» Churches (and Christian artists’ fellowships) provide a space in which artists can be freed from competitive pressure and the stress of originality. Last week, a composition student said this to me: «We are repeatedly told that we have to create our own identity». Create your own identity, be

The church needs renewers – and artists! / Die Kirche braucht Erneuerer – und Künstler!

ENGLISH Thesis 7 on «Art and Church»:  «Churches (and Christian organisations) are open for artists who bring with them independent, original and creative ideas. At the same time, artists should not celebrate their originality, and churches should not celebrate any kind of uniform culture.» In the blog by the woman pastor Ulrike Bittner I read

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / al-Koni

Die Kindheit ist die Oase, die wir verloren haben. Die Kindheit ist die Oase, die wir su­­chen. In einem Auge, das keine Kindheit zeigt, ist nichts Gutes. Vertraue nie einem Geschöpf, in dessen Auge du nicht eine Kindheit findest! Ibrahim al-Koni, Die verheissene Stadt, arabisch 1997. Wenn er von Oasen schreibt, weiss er, was er

Are Artists priests? Is Art a Charisma? / Sind Künstler Priester? Ist Kunst ein Charisma?

ENGLISH The 6th thesis in our series on «art and church»: «Churches which nurture the various gifts of the believers should also create room for art.» Where are the gifts in the church? In the New Testament we read a great deal about the various gifts and offices of the first Christians (e.g. in Rom.

Social distancing in 14th-century Florence / Soziale Distanzierung im Florenz des 14. Jahrhundert

In 1348, the Black Death raged throughout Italy. Probably half the population of Florence died, and in the years 1347-1351 the disease claimed one third of the population of Europe, radically changing society. “Social distancing” was practised by those who could afford it, that is , by leaving the towns to stay in country houses.

online TUNE INs

We invite to visit the online TUNE INs put together for the summer break by our team. They are addressed not only to participants in the “Crescendo Summer Institute”, who had to stay at home this year and could not experience the daily TUNE IN sessions live.

Conspire to inspire / Inspiration braucht Konspiration

Let us look at the fifth thesis in our series on “Art and Church”: In the churches, it can be seen how “beautiful” Christian fellowship is. It is not easy, but important, that artists, too, should be part of the “Body of Christ” and should be set on fire with the longing for Christian fellowship.

«Looking at people’s jaws» / «Dem Volk auf’s Maul schauen»

When working on his Bible translation, Martin Luther looked at “the people’s jaws”. He noted the language of the people around him in order to make the message understandable. Today, too, the churches should constantly strive to make themselves understood. This inevitably leads to the question of defining “aesthetics and art”. Modern churches for the

How beautiful are our churches? / Wie schön sind unsere Kirchen?

ENGLISH A year ago, the Swiss branch of ARTS+ invited artists and theologians to a symposium. One of the topics was the relationship linking art, artists and church. They also discussed 20 theses on the subject of “art, artists and church”. For this and the next editions of our TUNE INs we have reformulated these theses and

«I feel like a blank piece of music paper» / «Ich fühle mich wie ein leeres Notenblatt»

ENGLISH A musician was describing his feelings: «At this time, when I cannot perform in public, I feel like a blank piece of music paper.» A colleague responded at once: she has similar feelings, she said, yet it is also good to get rid of ballast. Now, concerts are not necessarily ballast. And cancelling concerts,

Wochentext von Matthias Krieg / Ekinci

Ilyas zieht den Handkarren weiter. Mirza und Azad stützen den Fernseher rechts und links. Sie kommen in die Nähe der Höhle, die auf dem Weg runter zum Bach liegt. Die Kinder tragen den ins Bettlaken eingeschlagenen Fernseher zur Höhle am Bach. Sie sprechen nicht. Sie verständigen sich mit Handbewegungen. Vier Kinder, in sich versunken, die

«The whole world is running after him» / «Alle Welt läuft ihm nach»

  ENGLISH In the church of St. Paul in Basel, where (in normal times) CREATIVE CHURCH takes place on a monthly base, there is a wall mosaic with two biblical scenes, created by Heinrich Altherr (1874-1951). When the church was built in 1901, Altherr was still a young artist, yet his work is astonishingly mature.

Easter in Zell / Die Zeller Ostern

ENGLISH In the church year, the time between Easter and Ascension Day is known as «the time of Easter joy». We are therefore bringing you a short Easter song for children. It comes from Switzerland and was written in 1972. The composerPaul Burkhard (1911-1977) was conductor of the Swiss Radio Orchestra and for a long time

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