For the summer we have been using Christian Piatt’s Banned Questions series as a way to talk about questions we have with the Bible. It also was a way for us to learn about the Bible while discussing the questions. An example of this is when the CYF and I talked one Sunday about the two creation stories found in the Bible. Most of my students did even know that there were two creation stories in the Bible, so there’s learning right off the bat! I asked questions like “Does the theory of evolution challenge or confirm your faith in a Creator God?” (Christian Piatt ed., Banned Questions about the Bible, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2011, 72.) The discussions were usually fantastic. We will be concluding the Banned Questions study this weekend. We will then move into a study of the longest book of the Bible, Psalms.
I also introduced most of my students to Lectio Divina, a practice that involves meditation over a short passage in the Bible. I received positive feedback from the students about this practice so I had the idea of offering them the chance to pick another practice to delve into. I had the options of contemplative prayer, prayer with icons, prayer walks, and musical meditation. Forgetting that all of the kids in my Sunday School are musically inclined, they all circled musical meditation as their choice for the next practice. This is music to my ears, EEEEEE!!!!!!!!!, because this is one of my favorite things to do. I love experiencing God through the art of music. So if anyone has any suggestions of songs for us to us for meditation, don’t be afraid to leave a comment. I’ll let you know next week how the practice goes, and as always