Monday, March 1, 2010

"Sign" Vocational Discernment Game

The Fund for Theological Education, sponsor of last summer's art adventures has struck again!

Apparently a lot of young folks graduate from college and think, "I have no idea what I want to do with my life; I'll volunteer for a year!" And then after a year of service they still have no idea what they want to do with their lives. And so FTE has hired a group of 6 young people, including me, to develop a three day vocation discernment retreat for volunteers in religious volunteer programs like Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, etc.

We are coming at the project from the perspective of story. What is my story? What is my community's story? What is God's story? How do they connect? (sound familiar) One of the things we wanted to do was talk about how other people have been shaped to live out their part in God's story. As such, we developed the following game based on Clue:

Various characters include:
Anna Mow, one of the first women ordained to ministry in the Church of the Brethren, was a minister, teacher, missionary, seminary professor, author of many books and sought-after speaker. Her influence spanned the globe, but she is most remembered for her ability to care deeply about each person she came into contact with and her loud, raucous, infectious laughter.

Dorothy Day was an American journalist, social activist, former anarchist, and devout Catholic convert. Dorothy spent most of her young life fighting injustices as a crusader journalist. She believed that religion was did not address the social concerns of the day, but gradually found faith after her daughter was born. In the 1930s, Day began publishing the Catholic Worker, a newspaper specifically designed to let working people know about dignity of life that Christianity taught. When people began coming to the paper’s office looking for food, Dorothy and the staff did what she could to feed them. This led to establish the Catholic Worker movement, a nonviolent, pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf. Her writings and lived example of a total dedication to the Gospel, especially voluntary poverty, communal living and pacifism, continues to be a challenge to Christians everywhere today.

Jeff Johnson, realizing the societal harm that comes from systemic obliviousness to any segment of humanity, Jeff Johnson has worked in various capacities to make visible and empower the gay and lesbian community, people with AIDS, immigrants, and workers. Despite being approved for ordination before the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America banned non-celibate homosexuals from ordination, Jeff co-founded Lutheran Lesbian and Gay Ministry and the Extraordinary Candidacy Project to create a means for other homosexuals to be ordained within the Lutheran tradition.


Landon said...

The game is based on Clue? I assume that the action concerning which we are trying to discover to doer is something other than murder...

What is it, who helped Mr. Body find peace and love through his relationship with God? I guess Jeff Johnson with a commitment to equality in the living room. Or maybe it was Anna Mow in the study with laughter. Or Dorothy Day in the Kitchen with a sit in.

Ben Colahan said...

The murder of indifference to injustice in our society!