Judson on nytheatre.com
Our friends at Judson Memorial Church were interviewed by Martin Denton of nytheatre.com! It's a great interview, and I was particularly struck by this one quote (slightly edited) from Michael Ellick:
"The way we understand the gospel in our Christian tradition is not that our job is to evangelize in the sense of I'm trying to convert you to this set of dogma and you have to give the secret knock of Christianity ...we never talk about that stuff. People are just welcome to be here. You know, our idea of the gospel is an invisible gospel that would come out of relationships, and what's being passed is the idea of compassion between us."
That last sentence strikes me in a powerful way. Our core value of Compassion says "We practice contagious empathy and mutual respect." I love this overlap of values between Judson and Flux; the idea that theatre and faith can both be a conduit for greater compassion. We all can't wait to see what 2011 brings in our ongoing collaboration!