Peggy HahnAssociate in MinistryAssistant to the BishopTexas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, ELCARev. David EllingsonProfessor of Children, Youth & Family StudiesDirector, Children, Youth & Family CenterTrinity Lutheran CollegeMark JacksonProfessor & Chair of Children, Youth & Family StudiesDirector, Center for Community EngagementTrinity Lutheran College
Compassionate Justice Rev. David Ellingson Professor of Children, Youth & Family Studies Director, Children, Youth & Family Center Trinity Lutheran College
Why? 1. Human need hunger, homelessness , illiteracy, effects of violence , etc.
Why? 2. Divine mandateLuke 4: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me …”1 John 4:19: “We love because God first loved us …”
Example: HungerRelief:- Feeding program- Matthew 14:15-21 (Feeding of the 5000)- Proverb: Give a person a fish.
Example: HungerDevelopment:- Developing a fish farm- John 21:6 (Throw net on other side of boat)- Proverb: Teach to fish.
Example: HungerAdvocacy/Justice:- Local fish food co-op- Luke 4 (The Spirit of the Lord …)- Proverb: Share in owner- ship of the fishing business.
Example: “An even better Samaritan”Relief:- Bandage wounds- Transport to a safe place- Provide for care at the inn
Example: “An evenbetter Samaritan”Development:- Build aid stations- Train paramedic teams- Plan for a hospital
Example: “An evenbetter Samaritan”Advocacy/Justice:- Create the Jericho Road ImprovementAssociation to address issues of roadconditions, safety, poverty, hunger, violenceand develop public policies and funding tomake systemic changes
Example: New OrleansRelief:- Read to a child- Donate to Habitat- Feed a family
Example: New OrleansDevelopment:- Teach child to read- Help family create a garden- Join family in building Habitat home
Example: New OrleansAdvocacy/Justice:- Fix and fund good education- Grow neighborhood garden- Provide low interest home loans
Service Learning Process Mark Jackson Professor & Chair of Children, Youth & Family Studies Director, Center for Community Engagement Trinity Lutheran College
Volunteers gather in the Ninth Ward duringthe 2009 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans
What is Service Learning? An intentional process forcreating service experiences with deeper meaning and lasting impact.
Step 1 - PreparationThe usual:- Fundraising- Gathering paperwork- Gathering supplies- Making travel arrangements- Packing up / getting ready
Step 1 - PreparationDon’t forget about:- Community building- Bible study- Learning about the context- Commissioning service- Sharing expectations
Step 2 - Action- Meaningful orientation- Learn about people, an organization, a community- Receive blessings in return- Begin the reflection process
Step 3 - Reflection- Begin reflection on-site- Group reflection- Individual reflection- Invite creativity!
Step 3 - Reflection- paint a picture- compose music- produce a video- capture photographs- compile a scrapbook- make a flyer- create a blog- stage a debate- write a story- create a role play- lead a workshop
Step 4 - Celebration- Being welcomed home- Continued reflection- Telling the stories to others- Evaluate the experience- Consider other service opportunities
Key elements of service learning:- Be intentional in your planning- Prepare well- Allow adequate time for reflection- Think beyond “project” or “event”
Practicing Justice – in New Orleans and at Home Peggy Hahn Associate in Ministry Assistant to the Bishop Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, ELCA
So, just exactlywhy and howdo we figureout all theservice projectsfor over 32,000people?
THE PROCESS:Preparation Listening deeplyAction Joining local organizations and leaders in what they are doingReflection Noticing the movement of GodCelebration Maximizing the gifts of high school students and adult mentors
Tune Into your neighborhood•Deep listening•Assessing gifts & passions•Creating partnerships
Tune In •Deep listeningIf we areserious aboutaccompanyingour neighbor,we start withdeep listening.
Deep listening means wewatch our listening filters sowe really hear whatis being communicated.We suspend our judgment.We lead with questions.
Accompaniment describes the way God walks with us,and the way our church therefore walks and worksamong Christian communities in other places andcountries. Together we participate in God’s reconcilingmission.Accompaniment is both a lens for seeing the worldand a way to engage one another in mission. Throughthe lens of accompaniment, we see that relationshipsare at the core of mission. This is a new theology.
“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where do you start? Think about …• Local – in your own neighborhood• Domestic – in our country• Global – in our world
Our neighborhood (Local) Our country (Domestic) Our world (Global)
Liminal Space:A threshold or thin place where God seems near enough to touch
To live with them among God’s faithful people,To bring them to the word of God and the holy supper,To teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, toplace in their hands the holy scriptures, and nurture them in the faith andprayer, SO THATYour children may learn to trust God,Proclaim Christ through word and deed,Care for others and the world God made,And work for justice and peace.- Evangelical Lutheran Worship
www.sallt.org Service learning resources, links, and videosFor a FREE copy of a training DVD, email firstname.lastname@example.org
www.elca.org/globalmission Under “Quick Links,” click“Resources for global engagement”
Service and Learning: A Way of Life Five session DVD with Leader’s Guide Presenters: Peggy Hahn, Sunitha Mortha, Marcia Bunge, Dave Ellingson, Mark Jackson, Linda Staats, Eugene Roehlkepartainwww.selectlearning.org