Altar

Our minister, Rev Peter Fairbrother, shares his passion for altarcraft.

I have a passion for altars. This month I'd like to share with you pictures of some altars I've had the pleasure of creating. We can all create altars, and perhaps many of us already do in our own unique ways. This autumn I'll be holding a Sunday service to explore our understanding of the concept of 'altar', our relationship to creative expression, and honouring what we hold sacred.

It's often said that a picture can say a thousand words. In which case, a wee pictorial prelude.

 

 Altars need not be grand, large scale, 'high church' affairs. The angel cards in the picture above were gifted to me prior to my ordination along with the beautiful red candle and the little heart peg. Altogether a simple yet beautiful focal point for meditation and prayer.

Altars need not be grand, large scale, 'high church' affairs. The angel cards in the picture above were gifted to me prior to my ordination along with the beautiful red candle and the little heart peg. Altogether a simple yet beautiful focal point for meditation and prayer.

 A small personal altar honouring love and loss. The composition comprises tealights, pink rose petals and fragile hearts.

A small personal altar honouring love and loss. The composition comprises tealights, pink rose petals and fragile hearts.

 Honouring Islam, created for a OneSpirit interfaith seminary session. Note that the Qur'an is elevated from the floor in respect to the sacred text. (Photos supplied by Peter Fairbrother).

Honouring Islam, created for a OneSpirit interfaith seminary session. Note that the Qur'an is elevated from the floor in respect to the sacred text. (Photos supplied by Peter Fairbrother).

 ‘The worlds within us and the worlds between us’, created for OneSpirit interfaith seminary session.. The altar-space: planet earth on many axes, earth in pieces.

‘The worlds within us and the worlds between us’, created for OneSpirit interfaith seminary session.. The altar-space: planet earth on many axes, earth in pieces.