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Macey – Connecting with God outside the usual Boundaries


Deborah Volunteer

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Whilst there is no doubt that we continually have amazingly talented groups of volunteers with us at all times, it is really nice to see something totally different at the graduation ceremony. Macey from the USA bought us something new in December 2019 with her photographs taken with the use of a Camera Obscura (pinhole camera.)

Here is how Wikipedia describes a pinhole camera –

A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens but with a tiny aperture, a pinhole camera – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through the aperture and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box, which is known as the camera obscura effect.

Look carefully at some of Macey’s images below and concentrate, and you’ll see the inverted, reflected image. The outside come inside.

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You can hear Macey speaking about her project at the graduation ceremony over here –

  • Which stream of the Catalyst volunteer programme where you on?

Adventure in Creation

  • What did you learn during your time on Catalyst?

I learned not only more about the earth and Gods creation but also how to connect the scripture to taking care of our planet.

  • What was your graduation piece about?

My graduation piece was about how I learned to connect and worship God outside of the usual boundaries of worship.

Macey told us that before she got here, she thought that her worship was restricted to church and since being at Ashburnham Place she has learnt that you can meet Him anywhere. Macey used her background in photography for her project and what a clever one it was, using the camera obscura to see Ashburnham Place reflected in our rooms as a backdrop. Macey said “through these pictures I wanted to convey my journey of opening my boundaries of worshipping God. I realised He is everywhere and I can worship Him in all places.”

  • What are you doing now?

I am now working towards another visa to come back to Europe, hopefully to stay!!

  • What is your advice for future volunteers?

My advice for future members is to really dive into the lessons and gain as much as you can from the amazing speakers. Also, have lots of fun!

Thank you, Macey for your project and all your input whilst you were here at Ashburnham Place. God bless you in your next endeavours.



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