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Public Liturgy: Crisis or Opportunity?
Public Liturgy: Crisis or Opportunity?

Sat, 05 Aug


St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral

Public Liturgy: Crisis or Opportunity?

An in-person conversation and Q&A exploring the relationship between art, craft and public liturgy. With Jonathan Baxter, Rev Dr Marion Chatterley and Barbara Keal.

Time & Location

05 Aug 2023, 14:15 – 15:15

St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Pl, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, UK



Whether framed within the language of secular or spiritual practice, artists and craft makers are increasingly adopting liturgical forms within their practice, forms that were once the reserve of religious organisations. What are the roots of this practice, and what can it teach us about the changing nature of art and religion in a time of climate and ecological crisis? Who are the priests and who are the prophets? What is profane and what is sacred? Or have these distinctions finally collapsed?


Jonathan Baxter is an embedded artist at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, his work addresses the climate and ecological crisis in various media and contexts.

Rev Dr Marion Chatterley is Vice-Provost at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, her interests include liturgical reform and the porous nature of Christian identity.

Barbara Keal is the initiator and co-maker of the Coat of Hopes, a walking project that carries the hopes of ordinary people as they live with and respond to the climate and ecological crisis.


Free, but a recommended minimum donation of £3.50 to cover running costs is encouraged. If you can afford to pay more, please do. Booking via Eventbrite.

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