July 13, 2008 (2)
I was privileged to have dinner at the
Another part of our conversation was about ‘cleanliness’ which on reflection was less about the absence of dirt than it was the absence of clutter. Notre Dame and Westminster Abbey with the darkness inside the buildings, the thousands of tourists, the tombs and art, the bits and pieces, the equipment that goes with constant restoration and so on, make them a bit busy. I was disappointed to se that the church in which I worshipped in Cambridge at the end of the 70s is no longer led and cared for by a community of Anglican Franciscans and now has been ‘junked up’ to some extent with a n area set aside for chair storage, children’s toys and other bits and pieces that have a regular place. This is all separated by a plastic partition rather than something thought through and suggesting that someone cares about how the place looks.
The contrast came with St. Severin, the
I realize that this awareness of clutter has been moving in my spirit in a number of ways. I seem to be going through one of those periods in which I do not find allot of physical movement in worship (bowing, making the sign of the cross and so on) terribly helpful. I have been thinking about how to keep the altar from being too ‘busy’ for example. These are not earth shaking changes in me but seem to be about returning to what is essential for me and for us and our strategic planning group goes about its work.