This lesson is very flexible. You can recite one quote again and again or screen a whole movie. Depending on who is there and what text you treat as sacred, prep for this lesson really varies.
Best case scenario is to have chairs in a circle. Also, if you have a group of more than 5-10, you’ll want them to break up into small groups. Therefore chairs that are easily moved in ideal.
Other than that, you want a welcoming atmosphere. If you can be playing music that students like (pop-music is great here, like Beyonce’s Lemonade), do! But again, this lesson can be done in a small room with nothing but you. So do not let any lack of resources hold you back!
To engage with things that students already love not just as pop-culture, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about their own lives. Let them see that sacred things are everywhere and teach them exegetical practices on things that are easy and exciting for them to engage in.
In this session, students will:
Ladder of Monks by: Guigo II (available online)
REFLECTIONS ON THE RIGHT USE OF SCHOOL STUDIES WITH A VIEW TO THE LOVE OF GOD by: Simone Weil (available online)
Printable resources are available at: harrypottersacredtext.com (available online)
Praying with Scripture By Douglas J. Leonhardt, (available online)
Gather (5 minutes)
Engage (30 minutes)
1) What is the intended meaning of the sentence?
2) What in this sentence reminds you of something in other stories?
3) What does this sentence say to you in your own life right now?
4) What is God calling you to do this week, in this sentence.
Do this practice broken up into small groups. (Groups of 2-4), but facilitate it for everyone. It should take about 20 minutes between talking in small groups and sharing out in a large group.
Reflect (15 minutes)
Send Forth (10 minutes)
This resource includes supplementary materials:
Introduction for Leaders