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Life, love, peace and creation...

Mercy Day is tomorrow, a big celebration at our college. We have to dress up. We're a Mercy college, founded by the Sisters of Mercy. That means I get to run a liturgy for the school in the morning, and final prayers in the afternoon. And you might think faith isn't any big deal, but the girls take liturgies pretty seriously, and actually look for meaning in it. Our Head Girl asked me today if I could play the World Youth Day song so I've got to add that to my powerpoint (which is about refugees - our money this year is going to the Refugee Family Reunification Trust).

Today some of my Year 11s ran liturgies in class as a leadership assessment I am offering them. We had one on peace, one on creation and one on love. Funny thing was, the class next door was playing a good game (it's end of term)- you have two people blindfolded in the circle and the first one to find the piece of newspaper on the floor rolls it up and tries to 'get' the other blind person! - and they were being quite loud. I didn't mind too much but one of my students, who is a really tough cookie, left the room for a few minutes, and I found out later (in the staffroom at lunchtime) that she'd gone next door to ask them to be quieter!!! I had had no idea! I thought she'd gone to the loo!

And it was cool, one of my girls, who is really quiet in class normally, stood up to lead her liturgy and started asking the girls when they pray, and why, and did they pray for things, and did they pray afterwards, and I was just amazed, she rarely says anything out loud. Yesterday, another super-reserved girl in my other Year 11 class brought in her own laptop and had made a really good powerpoint about life for her liturgy!! It's quite miraculous, how the power of wielding a bible and prayer book, with candles and wishing stones on the table, combined with the lure of two more credits can give people the courage to get on with the task!

And peace, life, love, so important to us all, huh.


Sep. 20th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks, so much. They are good poems, I'll try to use them next term, if I can, or in the future anyway. That was kind of you.

-It's probably the 'issue' I care about most deeply.
It's such a special issue, with such wonderful people locked out of the lives they had. I made a powerful powerpoint, and one pic has a mother and children huddled behind a barbed wire fence, and just on the other side is the door to their home, but they can't go there. It's a heartbreaking pic.
Sep. 20th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
The UK refugee council used to send a great magazine every month with good articles, photos, poems etc. Then they went online only, to save costs, but the online zine seems to be mostly admin etc and doesn't have the range of contributions. Pity.
My friend Margaret, who died of cancer (2004, was planning to work for UNHCR after her retirement but ill health intervened and she couldn't take up the work.
Oddly, it's my other major 'Jenny' friend who is most interested in this issue! She was head of a tiny C of E primary school that was 100% ethnic minority - at one point it was 100% Muslim and the church saw it as a good place to foster community relations anyway, but then they started getting refugees from various African countries and many of those were Christian.



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