Saturday, February 6, 2010

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF THIS SITE AGAIN?

The designer of this cope describes its inspiration as follows:

The Bishop's cope is made up of two panels which tell the story of his spiritual journey, from his beginnings as a teenager when he discovered God - you can see him as a youngster carrying a cross. Then I've reflected him living and working in London in some quite deprived areas, where he discovered lots of different nationalities and cultures. He moved on to Bath and Wells Diocese, which I think he perceived as very "rural England", but he's since discovered a range of cultures and faiths there as well. So there's a Muslim woman in a Niqab and a Sikh man in a turban.

12 comments:

Roger said...

It used to be that vestments were embroidered with pictures (ikons) of saints, but now they are just another venue for manifesting one's own self. They no longer show the glory of God, but are just another medium for clerics to talk more about themselves. How awful! No wonder so many young people are pressing the ejection button...

AncientBriton said...

"So there's a Muslim woman in a Niqab and a Sikh man in a turban."

I suppose we should feel grateful that he didn't encounter the Naga Bama on his spiritual journey.

Petros

Al said...

Roger is right. The real purpose of vestments was to downplay the individual & remind us that he wasn't the focus Christ was.

Janjan said...

What, no druid? no witch? What about the indigenous religions of Britain? I'm going to complain to somebody about this?

Janjan said...

She says:

"If someone came and suggested they just wanted an altar cloth with a picture of a cross on the front, it would feel a bit boring. My gift is to add some spiritual depth to a vestment or a cloth, and perhaps to tell a story of a church or a person and give people a focus to help them worship God."

So a cross isn't focus enough, I suppose.....

Rev. Allen Bergstrazer said...

^ Apparently the cross does not have enough 'spiritual depth' either, whatever that means.

Key word: "feel."

The Lakeland Two said...

Agree that the vestment is to draw us closer to Christ, not the wearer.

In its favor, there are several crosses in it...more than what's been going around.

As art, good representation of vision. As vestment, too much.

oslik said...

No Red star? Hammer and Sickle? Swastika? He's probably met those people too.

The Bovina Bloviator said...

I hope that isn't the Taj Mahal to the right of where the bishop's butt would be; that might be offensive to Muslims.

Wilfried said...

Has anyone told the Muslims or the Sikhs? I'm sure they're pleased as punch to have been discovered.

MamaMaria said...

It would play well on Market and
Castro streets.

Chris said...

Go easy on this bishop; after all, it was he who discovered God. I know that because I can see him carrying a cross.