Week Four Exercise
Introduction to Christian Education (Online)
EL1515 Online, Luther Seminary, Fall 2011
- Personal/Group Learning
30 November 2009 / Praying by heart
What does it mean to pray? How might prayer be explained or experienced by people who are not familiar with faith community, with churches?
This week we’re going to be working with a set of seven pop culture songs. My preference is for you to listen to the songs without watching them as music videos, and then to read the lyrics while you listen to them a second time. One reason we’re working with these songs is because for many people they function as prayer in ways that what we might recognize as more traditional prayers do not. So it’s important to try and experience them that way.
I realize, however, that not all of you will own this music. It’s been difficult to figure out an appropriate way to make the songs available via e-reserve, so instead what I’m doing is placing links here to video versions that are online. If you decide to listen to them that way, please don’t watch the video the first or second time through, just listen to the song.
Some questions to consider: How might these songs function as prayer? How might they “mean” for people? What function do biblical texts or metaphors play in them? How does the context in which biblical metaphors emerge, affect the meaning that is made with them? Can you imagine suggesting any of these songs as a form of prayer to someone? Why or why not?
The video can not be accessed via this course page this week, but you can listen to and watch the video at YouTube.
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