In the News

It was intriguing to stumble upon this photo in my alumni newsletter from the College of Arts and Artchitecture at Penn State University. The accompanying article explained that architecture students placed these blocks around campus so the public would have the chance to make their voices heard on public policy issues during Constitution Day. Containers of chalk near the blocks encouraged passers-by to share their views by writing on the blocks. Reportedly the response was tremendous. Writing is good--people might write what they're not willing to say, people might read what they're not willing to listen to, and by using this medium everyone has an equal entry point in sharing their thoughts. How can this idea be translated to our faith communities? It might be something as simple as a wall with a large piece of butcher block paper attached to it with a subject or piece of scripture at the top for people to respond to. Or, repsponses or even prayers could be written down and then incorporated into a worship banner created out of paper or fabric. The writer's block is an idea that worked because it was simple, non threatening and little bit different. We should be able to apply this concept to our sharing, growing together and respecting each other in our churches too.