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Godly Play at Greenbelt in the UK

Greenbelt is a Christian community in the United Kingdom committed to arts, faith, and culture. As they say on their website: Greenbelt is ‘engaged with culture, inspired by the arts, sustained by faith and aspires to be an open generous community re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present moment’. This mission is primarily lived out each year on the August Bank Holiday weekend when they host a festival that includes a programme of music, visual and performing arts, spirituality, comedy, talks, and discussion. How fitting then that Godly Play United Kingdom chose to be an integral part of this rich experience by being present at the Greenbelt festival.

IMG_0695Each morning there were full Godly Play sessions indoors, throughout the day pop-up sessions were held outdoors, and each evening Deep Talk sessions were held. Over twenty volunteers ran these sessions under the able leadership of Jeremy and Louise Clines and Kathryn Lord. I was privileged to be present for a day and to witness many children and adults experiencing Godly Play for the first time. This was an inspired project that combined ministry and promotion. Those who took part in the sessions were able to experience the wonder of Godly Play, and they are sure to go home and share the good news in ways that will lead to the growth of Godly Play in the UK.

IMG_0691Through this project, Godly Play UK has reminded us all of the importance of seeking out opportunities to promote this gift that is Godly Play. One of the commendable things about Godly Play is how it has grown based on reputation, results, and relationships as opposed to a coordinated and manufactured marketing plan. Nonetheless, to the extent we believe that Godly Play is good news for the people of the world, then to that extent we may need to be more proactive and intentional in seeking out opportunities to share this good news. Events like Greenbelt take place all over the world all of the time, and I encourage national and regional circles of Godly Play to imagine the ways in which they can be present at these events. Thank you Godly Play UK for your example.

Andrew Sheldon
Godly Play Advocate for International Development

Godly Play as Spiritual Intervention presented at International Conference for Children’s Spirituality

Doug Watts and Ryan Campbell recently presented a workshop at the 15th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN’S SPIRITUALITY, convened by the International Association for Children’s Spirituality, at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, UK.

15th International Conference on  Children's Spirituality Workshop Leaders

15th International Conference on Children’s Spirituality Workshop Leaders

The theme of this year’s conference, SPIRITUALITY AND THE WHOLE CHILD: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES, matches closely the focus of the work Watts and Campbell do at Children’s Medical Center – Dallas.  Continue reading

Images of Jesus

by the Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, PhD
Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood

The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Last Supper offered a lasting image of Jesus and his disciples.

Artists creating images of Jesus and his followers depict ethnic characteristics like those of the artist’s culture. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is a good example. The painting, created around the time of the voyages of Columbus, depicts Jesus and his disciples as wealthy late 15th century northern Italians. They look like someone who might buy a painting from Da Vinci. Continue reading

Godly Play in the Wild

Godly Play and the Wild Goose Festival
by Becki Stewart and Emily Griffin

Godly Play storytellers Emily Griffin (L) and Becki Stewart at Wild Goose Christian Festival in North Carolina

Emily Griffin and Becki Stewart at Wild Goose

Well, it was a Wild, Wild Goose!  If you are unfamiliar with this outdoor Christian festival, the first thing you need to know is that the wild goose is a Celtic image for the Holy Spirit. As you know, the Spirit goes where it will, and this summer it led us to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, where people gather for four days of speakers, workshops on justice and spiritual practice, liturgy, and music. We came aboard the Goose, as it’s affectionately known, relatively late in the game. Through a contact at her home church, St. Alban’s in Washington, DC, Emily was asked to provide the children’s programming. Continue reading