SO how do we open the door for ALL People to engage in Visual Faith practices?
How do we invite ALL people to engage and experiment with Visual Faith practices? One of the things we are asked by planning teams is how to bridge the gender gap. An easy thing to do is- invite everyone!! Make your event or gathering intergenerational and non-gendered. Often events are designated as an event for women- hosted by the Women’s Ministry or the Lutheran WOMEN’S Missionary League. Gathering in our churches can be segregated by age and gender. Visual Faith events can bring all ages together without being exclusionary.
Here is a group of people in Puerto Rico recently that attended a Visual Faith event led by Visual Faith Coach Judy May and the team from Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Resources were created in Spanish and we are continuing to find and create new Spanish resources. Some things are up on the VFM website. This event was also attended by men. Once of the things that is helpful is simply to '“not assume” that men would not be interested in Visual Faith practices. Perhaps the assumption to be made is that they are interested in PRAYER. When prayer practices connect to learning style rather than gender- this allows connections to be made that make sense for each person.
We know that Preschool teachers are using Visual Faith practices in the classroom with 3 and 4 year olds. Kindergarten is a great age to begin to add words to Visual Prayers. Here- above- we see that at the age of 9- a Visual Faith paper bag journal is a great project for an early elementary student. So when you are thinking about planning an event- ask how this might involve whole families! It is a powerful image to see parents sitting and praying at the table with their children. Memory making happens when there are three generations to share teaching, learning and experimenting with Visual Faith practices. We look forward to seeing how YOU bring ALL PEOPLE together for an event!