Wednesday, March 25, 2009
SNAPSHOTS FROM AROUND BERLIN—AND BEYOND
SNAPSHOT 1: JAZZ NIGHT IN BERLIN
I really don't know how to write about all that is happening.... Tonight (Mar 03/15/09) was an incredible experience that only makes me want more than ever to be part of Gateway Berlin... tonight David Friesen, jazz bassist from Portland (http://www.davidfriesen.net), and Uwe Kropinski (http://www.kropinski.com), jazz guitarist from Berlin, gave a brief concert and interview for the first effort of the Berlin outreach. Playing and talking about their faith and lack of faith and how it all works in their relationship, their joint performances,their compositions, and their music. A very interesting combination and opportunity to enter into conversation with persons about their own journeys. It was powerful and provided the grounds for a serious effort to reach out to a significant postmodern, unattached generation. It was meaningful for me as well...made a good connection with Friesen and will follow up with him if I get the chance in Portland.... good talk about creativity, the Holy Spirit, discernment, order and improvisation and scripture..... he's really a gifted musician and a creative thinker about his faith.... but the gathering in a Iranian vegetarian restaurant was an event in itself.... good food...and great conversation and great music and the beginnings of a strong witness.