Called out of the crowd

Drawn by a reader ...

             

"I want to keep my Individuality,... that's why it's impossible for me to come"

Urfeld Evenings · with video clip

“Christianity is possible in every moment yet.” Nietzsche said. Sören Kierkegaard noted that Christianity is at least not completely abolished yet. “What, however, is abolished and forgotten, is being a Christian, and what it means to be a Christian.”

What does it mean to be a Christian? This question animates some trace-seekers to meet time and time again at the lake Walchensee, for “Urfeld Evenings“ with Prof. Ludwig Weimer.

Video clip “Urfeld Evenings”

Why we put on plays

Theater takes actors and audience to conflicts beyond time. Its playing field is the infinite area of interpersonal relations where the possible and the unfathomable reveals itself.

Let’s see what happens when everything is at stake. Tankred Dorst’s play “Merlin” was conceived for a performance over several evenings. It was celebrated in the 1980s as a swan-song to twentieth century utopias which did not just disappear in the new millennium. The desire for a peaceful coexistence is always present. ses

Video clip: Scenes from “Merlin”

A family book about First Communion

The two authors of this book, Christl Keller and Heide Stöhr-Zehetbauer, are part of the Catholic Integrated Community (KIG). They gained experience with scriptural tuition, service preparation and introduction to the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist during a lot of years in the KIG and several parishes.

During that time a collection of especially established texts and images emerged. Trying to pool all those gathered experience in a book was the next natural step. Basically, the book grew out of mutually realising how contemporary the scriptural stories and the holy sacraments are.

The book can be purchased in bookstores or directly at the publisher Verlag Neue Stadt. The publisher offers an extract on its website.

From Gerhard Lohfink's accompanying notes

During the last decades, people have thought about the best way to prepare children for First Communion. Is it useful to bake bread with them to make them understand the bread of Eucharist? Should they create a Communion candle or rehearse a play with biblical background? The most important thing for children is to get to know the Bible's texts and learn to enjoy them. Since many years, Christl Keller and Heide Stöhr-Zehetbauer have gained a lot of experience during textual work with children. They prepared children for First Communion. From this experience they created the book at hand. I think it is excellent. It prepares biblically and therefore appropriately for First Communion.

Unfulfilled dreams

With our unfulfilled dreams,

we enliven the markets,
fill up our attics
and the minds of our children. tol

Further enquiry

“We have everything well in hand!”

But is it in good hands? Tol

Déjà-vu

Drawn by a reader …

“Looks familiar somehow”

The new message

The letter with the new unheard message
came in an envelope without an address

some said
"this is not for us"

we then opened the letter, 
which nobody wanted

H. Fornander

The same direction – on the occasion of a wedding

“Love does not mean looking at each other, 

but looking in the same direction together”, says Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Peter Handke says: “Love cannot be promised to the loved one. The both of you need to promise it to a third.”

What newly married couples might not have recognised, because they still tend to look at each other, has been proven impressively at the golden wedding after five decades. “Quello che per lei era nero, invece per me era bianco - what was black for her, was white for me”, says the 80-year old Italian signore about his wife. And she confirms: “Our perception about almost everything is different. It has always been like that. The only thing we never disputed about was living here.” Simple people. But Handke does not need to teach them anything. jup

(Quotations from: A. de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand und Sterne  and P. Handke, Gestern unterwegs. Aufzeichnungen November 1987 – Juli 1990)

Unforgivable

We do not want to forgive God

for creating

our neighbour
in his own image
instead

of our own. tol