I am getting ready to go to my Education for Ministry (EfM) seminar at Elmwood Jail in Milpitas tonight. Before driving from San Jose to Milpitas after dinner, I make printouts of the varied information the guys requested during the last class. Today, I am bringing in:
- Pictures of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (from my visit in 2017)
- Opera summaries from The Barber of Seville and Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street – for someone who wants to compare them
- A timeline of Christianity – developed for the “The Transforming Literature of the Bible” (TLB) course I lead on Fridays
- An icon of Julian of Norwich – by Brother Robert Lentz, OFM
- Copies of the Collect the class wrote together last week.
Each term, the students write at least one Collect together at the end of a theological reflection. A collect is a prayer meant to gather the intentions of the people and the focus of worship into a succinct prayer. Their group prayer last week was:
Dear God: holy, righteous, omnipresent, all-knowing, superstar, elusive, father of lights, love…
You are: so cool, great, ever-powerful, gracious, miraculous, creative…
We pray that you: forgive us for our sins, bless us, reconcile us with those we have hurt, make us more humble in spirit, make us happy, will illuminate our hearts and minds…
So that we: can forgive ourselves, live what we confess with our mouths, can live our lives in a state of grace, can be your hands and feet in the world.
I have from time to time posted other collects written by earlier Elmwood classes.
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