Ann Naylor was on sabbatical from April to August this year. During her time away from CCS she explored the use of image in theological education, the role of music in building justice-seeking community, and the place of sabbath in a life of spiritual balance. Her presentation to the rest of the CCS staff on her return took the form of a powerpoint slideshow incorporating some video clips and some music. Much of the presentation is silent, inviting a contemplative reflection appropriate to the theme of sabbath.
“The presentation is in four sections – what I did, what I learned, considerations for CCS, and a meditative section at the end to encourage integration. I invite you to enter into the spirit of the images and the music, relaxing into the pauses, imagining the sound of gentle waves when you see water, the call of a loon when a loon appears before you, taking a moment to savour the goodness of Creation and to honour Sabbath as a “pause that transforms” (in the words of Walter Brueggemann in Sabbath as Resistance: Saying NO to the CULTURE OF NOW.)
“I want to express my gratitude to the Centre for Christian Studies for this sabbatical leave. A particular word of thanks to my colleagues for the extra effort and responsibility carried during this time. I invite the CCS community to reflect on Sabbath and its call to transformation in our lives, in our churches, and in our world.”