From the study: God’s word is very near

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The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
The story of GPA’s ballet Casefile: Euangelion invites its audience to appreciate how accessible and powerful God’s word is for us. Moses’s exhortation to Israel in Deuteronomy 30 puts forth a similar message, highlighting the wonderful gift of God’s word to guide the people of Israel to life and peace as they establish themselves as a nation in their own land. Deuteronomy 30:11-20 describes the significance of God’s commands in mediating Israel’s return, not just physically to the geographical space that God promised to give Israel’s ancestors, but also relationally to the boundaries established in creation to govern fruitful interactions among God, humanity, and the earth.

From the study: to great lengths for God’s word

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
In GPA’s ballet Casefile: Euangelion, faithful characters go to great lengths to ensure that others can read and meditate on God’s word. The psalmist in Psalm 119 also goes to great lengths to meditate on the value of God’s word; at 176 verses, Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, and it uses at least eight different synonyms for God’s word. The poetic use of this vocabulary in Psalm 119 shows why God’s word is so important.

From the study: What is greatness in God’s kingdom?

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about a shepherd with a flock of a hundred sheep. Leading up to this parable, Jesus is responding to his disciples’ question about who has the highest status in God’s kingdom. Jesus’s answer applies multiple layers of imagery to the disciples’ question and suggests a different framework for understanding how people relate to one another under God’s reign.

Season preview: Glorify Dance Theatre 2022-23

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
Glorify Dance Theatre’s 2022-23 season begins in September! Continue reading for a preview of the coming season’s productions and how each one engages with Scripture and with theological questions and themes.

In sum(mer): the body’s work for the glory of God

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings has featured stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. In the 21st-century US, even at times within the church, it is common to discount, abuse, or idolize the body. To close this series, let’s look back at each of the stories shared by a GPA staff member, volunteer, and board member and how they reflect on this mission to recover a perspective on the body that reflects the values of God’s kingdom and new creation.

Peace’s resolve: a discussion of choreography from Alive in Us

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings will feature stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. This week, let’s pause to examine a sample of movement engaging with the theological idea of peace. A snippet from Melody’s choreography in Alive In Us exemplifies how embodied ideas in space and time can communicate complex ideas in a unique, palpable way that resonates with common embodied experience.

Art, emotion, and shared humanity: an interview with Megan Staub

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings will feature stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. For this week’s installment, I interviewed Board member Megan Staub about her experience with dance and the art form’s culture-shaping potential.

Mirror, mirror: embodied art, self-reflection, and relational healing

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings will feature stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. Today I share a synthesis of conversations so far in this series to illustrate the value of GPA’s work through the art of dance for moving towards a view of the body that is in accord with Christian hope for redemption and resurrection in Christ.