Art & Soul, 2017

l,” taking inspiration from both local art exhibitions, performances, and the Bible. Sunday, June 25th will focus on racism, Jesus’s exorcism of a demon-possessed man, and artist Nick Cave’s MASS MoCA exhibition Until, specifically Cave’s provocative re-appropriation of blackface lawn jockeys as a part of his work. Each subsequent week will hold up biblical themes alongside a cultural event or art exhibition. Our worship service begins at 10 am on Sunday morning. We look forward to welcoming you then!
Here’s the schedule for “Art & Soul” Summer 2017:

June 18th: MassMoca, Nick Cave Until, here’s a blog post on this sermon which you may find interesting.

June 25th: MassMoca, Nick Cave Until

July 2nd: Guest Preacher – Rick Chrisman

July 9th: Rev. Mark reports back from UCC General Synod

July 16th: Williams College Museum of Art, Meleko Mokgosi, Lex and Love

July 23rd: Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Clean House

July 30th: Hancock Saker Village Barn Concert, Anna and Elizabeth

August 6th: The Clark Art Institute, Picasso, Encounters

August 27th: The Clark Art Institute, Picasso, Encounters

Art & Soul Continues, July 10th


Much of our summer sermon series, celebrating summer arts in the Berkshires, focuses on theatre and visual arts. But July 10th will take us into the realm of music, as Rick Spalding preaches a sermon inspired/provoked by Carl Orff’s epic piece for chorus and orchestra, Carmina Burana – which will be performed at Tanglewood by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus on Saturday evening, July 9 at 8 pm. Anyone who’d like to join an impromptu potluck church picnic on the Tanglewood lawn at 6 pm, before the concert, is welcome to do so! (No RSVP necessary; just bring food to share, and plan to purchase your own lawn tickets – or shed seats – at the box office on-line or the night of the concert. To find the church group, look for Rick with a rainbow umbrella on the lawn!) Carmina Burana is a fascinating collection of secular medieval texts evoking the power of “fortune” – fate, or luck. In his sermon on Sunday the 10th, Rick will try to evoke a contrast between life lived fatefully and life lived faithfully. You don’t have to have heard the music to attend the Sunday service! But if you’d like to listen to Carmina Burana ahead of time, we’ll have several recordings available this week and next for borrowing from the Church Office. We also hope to offer a “listening session” here at church that Sunday morning at 9 am, before the 10 am service. And here’s a link to an on-line performance on YouTube by students at UCDavis: