From Carla Swank Fox, Editor:
If I had to be summed up in a lyric, this one from the chorus of The Highwomen's "Crowded Table" might just be it: "I want a house with a crowded table, and a place by the fire for everyone."
I have deep, rich memories of sitting around fires. Crisp, late summer nights, staying up way too late, sharing stories and laughs and songs and deep conversations with friends.
So, what does a campfire have to do with making space, the theme of this issue? Well, just about everything.
This issue opens with the poem "Fire," by Judy Brown. It was shared with me last summer by a very close friend, and it resonated with me very deeply on many levels. It stuck with me so much that I carried it with me to our now-infamous WorshipArts editorial retreat last August.
As we were discerning our direction as a committee, because of this poem, the idea of making space was at the forefront of our conversations. As we first learn to see, even though the horizon is hazy and unclear ... then begin discerning ... how do we make space for the "new thing" God is showing us?
Hoo boy. There's a lot to unpack in that one question. The space-making we're talking about in this issue is unpacking – dare I say unlearning – and opening ourselves to something completely new.
This issue is intended to be read slowly, carefully ... and in sequence. Carve out some space and time to work your way through it. How is space being created in each instance? How are we being challenged to make space in our lives?
So, pull up a chair and settle in for a while. There's a place by the fire for everyone. We just have to be willing to make the space.
WorshipArts is a professional journal (published in both print and digital formats) by The Fellowship for its members. It is received by approximately 1,400 members, including United Methodist clergy and laity involved in worship planning and leadership. It is a valuable resource filled with practical articles, philosophical debate and theological insight. Interested advertisers should contact our advertising coordinator, Rick Wiltse, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WorshipArts Editorial Committee primarily consists of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds in worship planning, liturgy, and communications. The team is led by our editor, Carla Swank Fox.
Do you love to write? Have an idea for an article that would interest readers of WorshipArts? The WorshipArts Editorial Committee actively seeks a variety of articles and reviews in music areas (choral for all ages, piano/organ, instrumental, handbells), arts areas (dance, drama, visuals), and worship areas (preaching, contemporary worship, spiritual formation, worship planning, liturgy). WorshipArts publishes four to six times each year and deadlines are the 1st of the month, two months prior to publication date.