I'm helping Pilgrim Uniting Church run another Fringe Festival event in 2012.
A Menagerie of Dreams
A wild garden of fantasy and dread. A multi-sensory encounter filled with hope and despair. Art works by local College students curated as a journey of dreams and nightmares of the soul. The exhibition features artwork by senior school students along with music, multimedia and provocative prose.
Our aim is to get senior students from local Uniting Church schools to submit artwork on the theme and then curate the space with additional elements so it becomes a reflective journey. The twins have joined the curation team and we're recruiting some others. Let me know if you'd like to participate!
here's my latest youth group activity written for DevoZine, the Upper Room daily prayer guide for young people. the "in the habit" blog provides a weekly group activity which builds on the daily prayer experiences that the young people have (hopefully) undertaken.
The series of films produced for the "Practicing Our Faith" project of Valparasio University are now available on DVD through theworkofthepeople.com. Titled "On Our Way", the DVD features 13 sessions exploring Christian practices, along with a free discussion guide. Presenters include Dorothy Bass, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Joyce Hollyday, Susan Briehl and a bunch of others.
Topics include an Introduction, Doing justice, Peacemaking and nonviolence, Discerning God's call, Care for Creation, Making a good living, Friendship & intimacy, Living as community, Honouring the body, Knowing and loving our neighbours, Living in the presence of God, Singing our lives to God, and Study...
I've written a unit for our new Certificate program called "Engaging in the Christian Life". It's a competency-based introduction to spiritual disciplines as a basis for a life of discipleship. The word 'competency' might sound odd alongside 'spiritual disciplines'. In this instance the competency is around learning some basic skills/approaches/understandings that relate to practices of spiritual growth. I've really enjoyed writing the unit, and now I'm tracking some distance students through it.
It's been a fantastic experience seeing bits of their journal writing. The unit is quite experiential. They meet regularly with a 'spiritual friend' for reflection. Early on, they engage in some five-day daily prayer and reflection exercises. They work through Vicky Balabanski's video material on discipleship in Mark's Gospel (here), and consider how growth in discipleship might be related to growth in spiritual disciplines.
after writing for devo'zine for about 12 years, i've been asked to write for the upper room''s daily Bible reading guide, Disciplines. which is nice as I really enjoy writing for them. 60,000 subscribers. no pressure...