More Journaling, Less Talking

I threw in these 15 minute prompted journaling time blocks for this weekend’s Confirmation retreat. The prompts all related to Brian McLaren’s appendix and built toward a Statement of Faith all the students would be writing. 

I expected resistance. 

It did not come. 

Instead, students asked during the retreat evaluation session for more of that journaling time and less of the grown-ups-talking-at-us time. I will gladly oblige that request (I will not, however, oblige the evaluation request for more Hamilton sing-along time).

Here’s the assignment we used to guide the student’s journaling and faith statement writing. Is it too vague for 8th graders? Too abstract? It seemed to work well enough this first run, but I’m always tweaking, you know. 

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