Spiritfest is the Grahamstown Churches’ initiative in the National Arts Festival.
This year the Festival runs from 29 June to 9 July 2017.
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Choral Multi-Media service ‘Under African Skies’
The service will feature choral music and hymns from South Africa and beyond our borders sung by the Cathedral Choir, in a darkened church with powerfully gripping images of the African continent and skies, projected on a big screen. Devised by Ron and Jenny Gill. Choir directed by Kutlwano Kepadisa.
Fri 30 June 17:30 (1 hour) The Cathedral
Sunday Unity Mass – St Mary’s Catholic Church
A Mass of Unity as four local Catholic congregations come together from different parts of town to celebrate and worship.
Sun 2 July 09:30 (1½ hours) St Mary’s Catholic Church, Cnr Albany Road and Fitchat Street.
Weekday Mass – St Patrick’s Catholic Church
Fri 30 June, Wed 5 & Fri 7 July 13:15 (30 mins) St Patrick’s Church, Hill Street
Festival Eucharist – Cathedral
Come and participate in a magnificent Choral Eucharist. ‘A Little Jazz Mass’ by Bob Chilcott will be presented by a talented group of invited musicians, directed by Kutlwano Kepadisa.
Preacher: The Venerable Thami Mhlana, Rector of Holy Cross, Mdantsane, and Archdeacon of East London West. One of the leading women priests in the Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown.
Sun 2 July 09:30 (1½ hours) The Cathedral
Festival Service – Every Nation Church
Come and join in the vibrant worship of the Every Nation Church as they celebrate the presence of God in the midst of the Festival.
Sun 2 July 09:30 (1½ hours) General Lecture Theatre, Rhodes
A lucernarium is a simple service of lighting the lamps before the darkness of evening sets in. It is a simple but deeply moving liturgy which formed the basis of evening prayer from the 4th – 9th centuries. Vestiges of it are still discernible in modern liturgies. The service will begin in darkness and will centre around lighting a central ‘Christ’ candle and then lighting numerous candles around the church. A small choir will lead plainsong sections of the service. A must for those who enjoy contemplative liturgical worship.
Wed 5 July 17:30 (40 mins) The Cathedral
Ecumenical Street Parade
Sun 9 July 08:00 meet at the Drostdy Arch to process at 08:15 down High Street with the Methodist Young Men’s Guild, the Arthur Wellington Choir from Port Elizabeth, and banners, in this act of public testimony!
Festival Service – Commemoration Methodist Church
Preacher: Andile Mbete, Bishop of the Methodist Grahamstown District. Bishop Mbete is a well-known Church leader, writer and radio commentator, and recipient of the Metropolitan Eastern Cape Award in the Religion category.
Sun 9 July 08:30 (1½ hours) Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square
Festival Eucharist – Cathedral
Come and be inspired by a music-filled, devotional Eucharist, music led by a group of invited singers.
Preacher: The Revd Vic Graham. Vic is the incumbent at Christ Church Grahamstown, has a counselling practice, and is a spiritual director for many.
Sun 9 July 09:30 (1½ hours) The Cathedral
St Michael’s Marimbas
Come and enjoy the vibe presented by Asakhe Cuntsulana and his band of young musicians with a uniquely African rhythm in their souls.
Fri 30 June, Mon 3 July 13:15 (45 mins) The Cathedral
Praise and Worship Medley: Grahamstown Circuit Choir
The Grahamstown Circuit Church Choir is comprised of smaller society choirs which perform at important church events. The first conductor was Jabes Foley who wrote hymns that are still sung today. The present conductors are Siyabulela Lali and Reuben Maselwa. Come and hear them sing rousing spiritual favourites from South Africa and beyond.
Sun 2 July 15:00 (50 mins) Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square
Open Mic, Acoustic and Unplugged
Singer song-writers and a capella musicians, don’t be shy, get up there and share your talents and your soul with an appreciative audience in one of Grahamstown’s most beautiful and historic churches.
Mon 3 & Thurs 6 July 17:00 (1 hour) Trinity Church, Hill Street
Stephen Holder Organ Recital: Mystery, Modes and Grace
Plainchant is the traditional ancient music of the Christian Church. Every piece in this programme either uses the Chant as a basis for its composition or is, in one way or another, a response to this music and the Church’s liturgy. Includes works by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Flor Peeters, Denis Bédard, Léon Boëllmann and Einar Traerup Sark.
Stephen Holder teaches music at Kingswood College, Grahamstown, where he is the Chapel organist.
Tue 4 July 13:00 (50 mins) Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square
40 Stones in the Wall Group Exhibition
Curated by Jonathan Griffiths, Eben Lochner and Paul Greenway
A collective of young artists from across the country explore the relationship between faith and artistic practice in this group exhibition. Various media.
The Cory Room, Behind 108 High Street, next to the Long Table Restaurant
Open daily 29 June-8 July: 09:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 20:00
Sun 9 July: 10:00-12:00
Walkabouts: Tues 4 July: 16:00
Sat 8 July: 10:00
The Bear Who Stepped Up – Written and Illustrated by Hilary Murdoch.
This book came out of the tragedy of losing a friend in a terrorist attack and then seeing his wife journey through her grief. An inspiring short story for anyone (adult and/or child) who’s ever lost someone they love, encouraging reflection on life and death, and the impact of our lives. Followed by a short discussion time for those who wish to stay.
The Cory Room, Behind 108 High Street, next to the Long Table
Mon 3 July: 11:30; 14:00
Tue 4 July: 11:30
Wed 5 July: 11:30; 14:00
Thurs 6 July: 11:30
One Hour. No charge.
Solo Exhibition: ‘Stand’ Jonathan Griffiths
Carinus Art Centre, Beaufort Street
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” In this exhibition the artist explores our relationship to God’s word through a series of allegorical portraits.
29 June–8 July: 09:00 to 17:00
Sun 9 July: 09:00 to 12:00
Walkabouts: Mon 3rd July: 10:00
Wed 5th July: 15:00
SPIRITFEST WINTER SCHOOL: ‘Faith and Resistance’
Lectures, discussions, Book launch
Spiritfest 2017 picks up the Festival theme of #must fall, looking at aspects of the struggle for freedom and justice from the perspective of Christian faith.
11:00 (1 hour) The Cathedral Coffee Shop, inside the Cathedral
Mon 3 July: ‘The Ethics of Protest”: Fr Anthony Egan SJ. When is it right to protest? What kind of protest is legitimate? Is it sometimes better not to protest even in the face of injustice? Drawing on historical examples, moral philosophy and theology, an attempt to develop a coherent moral theory of protest.
Anthony Egan SJ is a Catholic priest based in Johannesburg, where he works at the Jesuit Institute of South Africa and the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, University of the Witwatersrand. The author or co-author of a number of books, chapters in books, journal and newspaper articles, he is by training a historian, political analyst and moral theologian.
Tue 4 July: ‘Sister Aidan lives on’. Zuko Blauw and Sister Aloysia Zellman describe how a youth centre has been set up to commemorate Sister Aidan Quinlan, a Dominican nun and medical doctor murdered during the 1952 riots in Duncan Village, East London.
Zuko Blauw is Principal Museum Human Scientist (Historian) and Head of Department at the East London Museum, and chairs the Sister Aidan Quinlan Community Trust. Sr Aloysia Zellmann, OP, works with Mr Blauw on the Sr Aidan Quinlan Community project in Duncan Village.
Wed 5 July: ‘Biko’s Faith’. The Revd Dr Barney Pityana, veteran activist, lawyer, theologian, former Rector of the College of the Transfiguration , speaks about the faith which underpinned the life and action of his friend, the late struggle hero Steve Biko.
Thurs 6 July: ‘Recovering from Rape together’: Lindsay Kelland. The talk will cover aspects of rape such
as rape having both direct and indirect harms—that is, harms to the victim/survivor of the rape and harms to our community more broadly. Victims’ relationship with themselves are harmed, and their relationships with others, as well as their sense of being at home in the world. Dr Kelland works for the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Philosophy at Rhodes University.
Fri 7 July: Book launch: ‘The Road to Emmaus’ by Chris Mann
How can we strengthen the resilience of our spiritual life in an era of increasing turbulence? Grounded in the Gospel and ordinary experience, Chris Mann’s new book presents moments of insight that will stimulate readers to centre and invigorate their faith.
“To be read, re-read, savoured, and prayed” – Andrew Hunter, Dean of Grahamstown Cathedral. Previous books by Chris Mann include Lifelines and Rudiments of Grace.
Chris is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Rhodes University, and convenor of Wordfest South Africa.
Sat 8 July Panel Discussion, ‘Faith and #mustfall’: Christian students and student leaders at Rhodes/ UCKAR make sense of recent campus protests.
BOOK LAUNCH, IN ASSOCIATION WITH WORDfest
‘The Book of Joy’ by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, currently 12th on the New York Times best seller list.
Discussants: Anton Krueger, a Buddhist, and Vicentia Kgabe, rector of the Anglican College of the Transformation.
Eden Grove Seminar Room 2
Sat 1 July 11:30 (1 hour)
GUIDED MEDITATION AND PRAYER
Guided prayer allows one’s prayer life to become enriched. Through experiencing different ways of praying you will become more aware of God’s presence in your daily life.
What happens: 30 minutes Mon to Fri with a confidential prayer guide for listening, sharing and reflecting.
St Patrick’s Church, 47 Hill Street
3-7 July 30-minute slots available between 10:00 and 11:30. No charge. To book, email email@example.com or book at the venue.
As a Christian, would you have killed Hitler?
Hear John Ramsdale bring to life the riveting story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who was executed for his part in the plot to kill Hitler. As presented to acclaim in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town. John Ramsdale is a veteran Shakespearean actor from Cape Town who, since the early 1960s, has taken part in productions at
Maynardville, the Little Theatre and the Baxter. He was a member of the Drama Centre in District Six and was involved in a number of productions during the early years of the Space Theatre.
Mon 3 & Thurs 6 July 15:00 (1 hour) St Patrick’s Church, 47 Hill Street
Share a poem, a story, a sacred text, or a testimony – yours or somebody else’s – with a sympathetic audience in the beauty of a sacred site. With emcee Harry Owen, well-known South African poet and Grahamstown resident.
Wed 5 July 15:00 (1 hour) The Cathedral Coffee Shop, inside the Cathedral