When: Jul 13—Jul 22
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Embodying Truth: Church & Theatre in London Tour

Both theatre artists and ministers in the church seek to enact truth through words, body language, and actions. Church “performances” highlight heavenly ideals through lofty music, a holy meal, and sacred rituals. Theatre “gatherings” often focus on down-to-earth stories full of debauchery, intrigue, and humour. London is a prime location to see, hear, and touch the sometimes rosy, sometimes rocky relationship between the church and the theatre over the centuries from Shakespeare’s time to modern day. Observe and discuss glimpses of the sacred and profane as you attend church services, plays, and musical performances, as well as tour museums, art galleries, and other culturally significant sites. Guided by Allan Rudy-Froese—a teacher who teaches preachers to preach—and his wife Marilyn—a pastor to Mennonite pastors—explore historic and current intersections of faith and life on this tour of London.

WATCH  a recording of a webinar with Allan Rudy Froese showing photos and talking about what you will see and do on this tour.

At A Glance


  • July 13-22, 2019
  • 10 Days

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Itinerary

Saturday, July 13     London

Arrive in London and head to your hotel. Begin your London adventure with an informative tour of Westminster Abbey. Then hear the Westminster Abbey boys’ choir sing the Anglican liturgy at an Evensong service. Later, get better acquainted with your tour leaders and travel companions during a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Sunday, July 14

To see and participate in a different kind of worship gathering, attend a Sunday morning service at Bloomsbury Baptist Church, followed by a luncheon and time of fellowship with the Reverend Simon. Later, see some of London’s most notable sites from a Hop On Hop Off Bus—including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the House of Parliament, the London Eye, London Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and many more! Return to the hotel to relax for the evening, or explore the city further on your own.

Monday, July 15

After breakfast at the hotel, Allan will stimulate thinking and conversation with a talk entitled Theatre & Church: Strange Bedfellows. A tour of the Museum of London will help us understand this city, its history, and its people. In every generation, people are located in a particular place and a particular time—which influences their thinking and actions. As we walk through the museum, we’ll think about the context of historic events. For instance, we’ll consider how the Black Plague impacted people’s faith or the bombing of World War II. Following lunch, take a guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse built to be just like Shakespeare’s original venue. During time with a local actor, try some theatre exercises that will help us experience performance in a new way. Tonight, see a live performance on the mainstage of the Globe Theatre.

Tuesday, July 16

Begin your day with a morning reflection and a talk given by Allan. Take a guided tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, an iconic 17th century Anglican house of worship that rests on the highest point in the city. At noon, join a group to pray the Litany of Reconciliation—a prayer that reminds us that when we intercede for the problems of the world, we must begin by acknowledging the roots of those problems within ourselves. Later, tour one of the most prominent performing arts venues in the world. The National Theatre puts on many celebrated works each season, from classical Shakespeare to contemporary plays and everything in between.

Wednesday, July 17

Following an engaging session with Allan and an actor from the National Theatre, enjoy an afternoon matinee performance. During free time this evening, stroll through the city streets, or rest at the hotel.

Thursday, July 18

Allan will frame the day with another thought-provoking talk and discussion time. Today, explore the city on your own. See more iconic London sites, such as Buckingham Palace or the Tower of London, shop, and find an interesting lunch spot. This evening, revel in the sounds of a concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, a stunning Anglican church tucked in the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square.

Friday, July 19

A trip to Coventry will bring us to the ruins of a medieval cathedral that was bombed in 1940. Again we will pray the brief Litany of Reconciliation—but in a completely different context. Here the glassless windows and roofless sanctuary will remind us of the waste and devastation of war and the importance of peace. We will reflect on the contrast between embodying our faith in the bombed-out ruins of a church instead of the tidy and beautiful St. Paul’s Cathedral. This evening attend an Evensong service at the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, if time permits.

Saturday, July 20

During another discussion time, Allan will guide us as we begin to make sense of what’ve experienced. Later, we will meet with the Eastside Community Theatre Group. In the evening, enjoy a performance at the Royal Opera House, a well-known performing arts venue in Covent Garden in central London.

Sunday, July 21

On our final day together in London, we’ll attend a morning worship service and observe the gathering with new eyes. Later, there will be free time to see anything you missed or return to a favourite sight before an evening Choral Evensong service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Tonight we will spend the evening together in community—talking, laughing, worshiping, and reflecting on what we’ve learned about embodying faith.

Monday, July 22

Depart for the airport and head home on your individual flights.

 

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