The soft edges of this photograph evoke a dreamlike quality for the viewer. To where will this humble vessel transport its inhabitants today? Is there anything more free than floating over the water? Not for the apostle Peter, whose walk on the wet matter served as the means to faith. Not for characters like Lucy and Edmund, beloved by children the world over for their adventures in C.S. Lewis', Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Not for the ordinary worshiper during mass. Not for the morning adventurer, floating closer to the centre of the lake in search of mercy.
In a secular age, there is a push to strip the public square of all signs of faith. But freedom of religion and freedom of expression are the bare basics for a people to call themselves free. Convivium is a voice for the rightful role of faith and for people of faith in our pluralistic society.