For almost forty years All Saints has worked to recover and renew ways of teaching and practicing singing and dance to draw people into deeper participation and relationship with one another.
Looking at architectural patterns of early Christian churches and other sacred spaces to create twenty-first century spaces, we look to the implicit messages in the space and to ways that a space invites spontaneity, freedom, awe, courage, and joy.
For us, risking creative participation in singing, movement, speaking, the making of art, or sustained commitment to a common vision demands that we trust imagination, desire, and the community’s forgiving readiness to receive what we offer.
How we speak, how we attend to a speaker (someone reading, preaching or presiding), how as leaders, we offer our most generous presence to the community, attending to these basics, recovering the sacramental power of speech and communication, these questions and this attention can transform the most commonplace part of liturgy and ritual into something holy and intentionally sacramental.
Applying contemporary leadership theory and ancient sources and traditions to church life, we encourage congregations to grow into an experience of leadership patterned on the images of Jesus the teacher.