I believe that, as long as people are interacting with the series, there are really no wrong answers. However, I would like to share with you some of the thoughts that were on our mind as we created this stage design. The purpose of the design is to draw people into the discussion of what it means to be the church in exile.
We began this discussion by exploring what exile might look like. What imagery comes to mind when we think about living in exile? What does it feel like?
One of the images that came to mind was that of a refugee camp. We see the pictures in the news – people forced to leave their homes to live in a place they never wanted to go. This idea of exile rings true to many of the biblical stories we are examining through this series.
Even though we acknowledge that the physical conditions that refugees face in these camps are far greater than the issues we face as the church living in exile in our culture, these images seemed to convey the importance of this discussion for our church.