You Are My Joy

“You are my joy,

You are my joy,

You are my joy.

You are my…JOY!

And I’m laughing so hard,

I’m laughing so hard,

I’m laughing so hard…”

From “You Are My Joy” by David Crowder* Band.

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So I write a lot about the little small group of people who inhabit our home weekly and who do life together.  We’re pretty good at talking, questioning, pondering and going off on tangents of discussion, but, how good are we at actually making a difference to the world around us?  As a wider congregation we have decided to cancel small groups for a fortnight in March in order to encourage us all to actually get involved in something that the church does in the community or to dream something new up.

Because our little small group all work in different fields and live in different parts of Edinburgh, we have always found it difficult to identify a particular area where we could collectively direct our efforts.  As you can see from the photo above, two weeks ago we spread some wallpaper out and scribbled ideas all over it.  It was exciting to see how big we could dream.  Now it seems a bit more distilled.

So what have we decided to do?

With the world so full of bad news, we just want to bring some good news.  Actually, we want to bring on the joy.  So, we’ve decided to facilitate an art exhibition.  We’re going to invite artists to display work that will evoke a sense of joy.  We’ll invite people who wouldn’t classify themselves as artists to have a go at producing something of postcard size that we could display for sale – maybe this will unlock a new means of self expression for some?  We’re going to commandeer some space in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and display the work and hope that people will interact with it.  The works will be for sale and, instead of charging the artists a commission, we’ll gather the equivalent and give it away to local causes who really bring joy and hope and make a difference in this city.  We’ll create a blog to track the project.  Maybe we’ll photograph it, make some postcards and post them to folks chosen at random from the phone book and bringing them some messages of joy, hope and good news – guerrilla evangelism if you like…

There’s a lot to organise, but, hopefully through it we will: engage artists in the joy of creating; connect with people who can find pleasure in the work and; raise some funds to help encourage, support and affirm worthwhile organisations who offer a life line.  Hopefully that just brings a little joy to the world…

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6 Responses to “You Are My Joy”


  1. 1 sarahbereza February 18, 2009 at 1:22 am

    what a wonderful idea! I hope the project goes well!

  2. 2 thestatethatiamin February 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Sarah – I’m sure there’ll be more about it on this blog as we try to track it and see how it goes and what stories of joy occur.

  3. 3 theWeir February 19, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    brilliant, I love the sound of this – can’t wait to see what you guys unearth.

  4. 4 Fin February 22, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Love this idea – guerrilla marketing gone Christian. Apostle Paul would be proud…!

  5. 5 thestatethatiamin February 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks Fin – hope all is good with you.

    Once we get things a little less fluid, there would always be the opportunity to exhibit if you felt it was viable. I appreciate it’s a lot less professional than where you typically place your work…just a thought. I’ve also approached Mike Samson whom you may know.

    More will be revealed on my blog and on the project’s dedicated blog site theartofjoy.wordpress.com as it becomes clearer. Some of the group are off to view the space tonight.

    B.


  1. 1 Bringing on the joy « Learning from Sophie Trackback on February 24, 2009 at 12:17 am

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