The Men’s Breakfast Club at Sacred Heart Parish, Cumbernauld learned about the importance of the link between faith and the arts this month as AGAP’s Creative Director, Stephen Callaghan was invited to be the group’s guest speaker.
The talk, entitled “Faith and the Arts: Truth, Beauty, Goodness” was developed by Stephen over several years, being updated and adapted to suit the occasion. Stephen reflects, ‘I think that it began back in 2007, when AGAP was still in its infancy, and I was asked to take part in the Nexus conference organised by the Church of Scotland. Over the years, other invitations have followed for me to speak on the subject and I have adapted and expanded the text to include more academic and empirical material as time and experience progress.”
Stephen was also invited to speak on the subject as part of an inaugural series of lectures for the Year of Faith at the St Ninian Institute in Dunkeld Diocese in 2012. A few years later, in 2016, Stephen was invited to deliver the annual Gillis Lecture, organised by the Arts and Heritage Commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh and the text was expanded to cite further examples of Church teachings on the subject. Similar talks have been given to groups such as the Catenians and the Knights of St Columba.
“It’s always a great honour to be invited to speak to any group and a pleasure to share my enthusiasm on a subject that is very close to my heart,” said Stephen. “The men’s breakfast club at Sacred Heart Parish, Cumbernauld is wonderful illustration of the true Christian fraternity, socially and prayerfully.” Organiser, Tony Murphy, described Stephen’s input as “inspirational”.
If your parish/group/school would like Stephen to deliver a similar presentation on Faith and Arts, please get in touch with AGAP on 0141 552 5527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org