At our Seeds Gathering @ The Den this week Christop Booth used images and sounds of Mazen Kerbaj’s blog as the Prayer of Confession. Framing it as an opportunity to consider the impact of violence in our world and in our own lives he introduced us to the musician and artist who lives in Beirut.
His cartoon drawings portrayed the practicalities of life and the emotional chaos of being bombarded. His eerie musical recordings literally had the sounds of bombs falling in the backgroud. It was surreal and haunting and was very powerful to use in a Christian worship service.
It reminded me somewhat of the time U2 crossed to the beseiged Sarajevo in the middle of their concert. The potential for bringing personal blogs from contested spaces in our world into the heart of our liturgy (in terms of really hearing the voices of the marginalised, the “other” or our enemy) is very interesting to me.