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Three seminars in Genesis exploring our God-given creativity
At St Martin’s we recently completed a series on the early chapters in Genesis. Three follow-up sessions are planned on themes which are less familiar but show us important aspects of human life, particularly the Image of God in ourselves.
Creative Words: Thinking about language - Feb. 21, 7:45 for 8:00 p.m, Henk Alting
• Genesis and the Ancient Near East – Creation and the importance of the ‘name’
• God’s creative speaking – “and God said … and God called …and it was so”
• Adam names the animals! – But what’s he doing? The Creative power of language
• Language, understanding and rule over the Earth as God’s representatives - examples
• Creation is ordered and structured, yet producing endless variety which we understand by our own creative speaking and mirror in our creative activity – the Image of God
Creative Sounds: thinking about music – Feb. 28, 7:45 for 8:00 p.m. Henk Alting
• Genesis and the development of human culture – Cain builds a city
• The good, the bad and the ugly – polygamy, violence, but also metalwork and music
• Music – structure and order with endless variety
• Instruments and human skill, manufacture for a purpose and named
• Examples of order and variety – listen and enjoy!
• An objection – confined to our emotions and senses, or reaching beyond this world?
Creative Hands: thinking about the Arts - Mar. 7, 7:30 for 8:00 p.m. Bethan Wilson
• Participation in the arts should not be confined to Church/faith issues. All of human life and God’s creation are suitable subjects, which includes not just the good and uplifting but also the tragic and sad aspects of human life.
• There will be a small exhibition of local Christian artists’ work. Please note the earlier opening time to give you an opportunity to view the exhibition.
For more information, please contact Henk Alting, email: