Running the script for a blueprint Bible

Image: Scriptorium, 2018 at St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock; 65 cyanotype prints. NOTEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: Scriptorium The text below is adapted from publication in ‘Photography as the Bible’s New Illumination’, in Transforming Christian Thought in the Visual Arts: Theology, Aesthetics, and Practice (Routledge, 2021), pp.55-58; and also from VT Issue 1, pp.16-17. Scriptorium consists of sixty-five pages of unbound …

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Advent sermon with Isaiah

But now thus says the LORD, / he who created you, O Jacob, / he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; / I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; / and through the rivers, they shall not …

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Bishop Otter Scholar: closing thoughts

Images from left: Visual Theology conference at the Bishop’s Palace (2018); Sara Mark at the Chapel of the Ascension, University of Chichester (2018); Alys Tomlinson at Chichester Cathedral (2019). Photographs Sheona Beaumont. This month my position as Bishop Otter Scholar comes to an end, after 3 years in the role. My time has been full …

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Seeing women in Oxford’s photography scene

Image: Photographs by Robert Taylor hanging alongside paintings in the Dining Hall of Trinity College, Oxford. Photograph Sheona Beaumont. Sometimes conversations with photography coalesce in a place: an exhibition here, a commission there, a publication to seal the moment. For me, this has recently happened in Oxford. Earlier this year, I was invited to speak …

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The End of Lockdown

Image: A middle way in Badock’s Wood, Corsham, 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont (For those with children going back to school after 6 months at home) Maybe it’s not a time for writing. Maybe the coalescing of junctioned thoughts gives too much structure to the wisps of ideas. They haven’t been written for so long …

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Oswald Chambers and walking the line

Image: Splinter, 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Some quotations this month from Oswald Chambers’ ‘My Utmost for His Highest’, originally published in 1927 by his wife, and still a global bestseller. Chambers trained at the Royal College of Arts, before turning to theological training and a life of church ministry. I’ve found his unflinching single-mindedness …

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Art’s generous interface on screen

Image: Grayson Perry at Salisbury Cathedral, 2020, experienced virtually. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Last month I considered some problems around theology on screen. I was drawn in to media discussions about the effects of worshipping differently, in lockdown – and on the communication of theological ideas when such worshipping happens primarily online, via Zoom or …

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