Can ‘created’ communities thrive?

by Chris Lorensson on 28 April 2011 with comments

One of the questions I’m asking in this series is can ‘created’ communities thrive? This question is a little grandiose, but hear me out.

In my experience of roughly 10-15 very different  and wide-ranging experiences of Christian community, only one of them which was intentionally-created and also flourished and ‘worked’ was the Schloss Mittersill Community. Read the rest of this entry »

On Creating Community

by Chris Lorensson on 22 April 2011 with comments

Ruth and I have been chatting a lot lately about community, and more specifically, can/should communities be created? I have had an experience which has lead me to believe we’ve got it all wrong, and I’m inclined nowadays toward organic community. That is to say, communities maybe shouldn’t be organised. Perhaps even can’t (successfully) be organised, unless the community was first grown organically. I’m going to ask a lot of hard questions in this series. Read the rest of this entry »

Defending Christian Art

by Chris Lorensson on 17 April 2011 with comments

There is a good conversation brewing at about defending Christian art in church and Christian communities. If you don’t already know, is the discussion website for readers of the series of books by Geoff Hall entitled Spiritual Direction in a Postmodern Landscape, and some of the ideas here on Upptäcka Network are similar in content. So if you like what you’re reading here, visit the forum on and get involved. Read the rest of this entry »

The Elusive Mystery

by Chris Lorensson on 9 April 2011 with comments

This post is a follow-up to The Dance of Mystery.

The Mystery is not something that can be created. It is something that already exists, yet can be nurtured. Indeed it must be nurtured in creating good art. Mystery is the secret ingredient to good art, but it cannot be sprinkled on from a jar like so much fairy dust.

The Framework

The framework is not superfluous, it is crucial. But even more crucial is its fidelity. How strong, how supportive, how prescriptive are the questions. These questions can only be addressed in the moment of creativity, there is no guide to follow, only intuition. One could say the possession of this intuition is something that separates good art from bad art, talented artists from the rest. Read the rest of this entry »