Ministry Theme of the Month
What does it mean to be a person or community who plays?
“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.”
– Henri Matisse
“Play allows us to develop alternatives to violence and despair; it helps us learn perseverance and gain optimism.”
– Stuart Brown, M.D.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Richard Lingard
“Our brains are meant to be stimulated not just by day-to-day work or even by a good sweat session at the gym, but by solving puzzles, painting, drawing, writing, making music, and more.” – Megan Gilger
“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.”– Charles E. Schaefer
Here are some prompts to encourage you to wrestle (or play!) with this month’s theme. Please reflect on them at home or work, or when you are here at church.
How is summer inviting you to play?
Play is defined as
1) to take part in something, and
2) to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation,
rather than a serious or practical purpose.
How do you define play in your life? Intellectual? Emotional? Spiritual? Physical?
If play allows us to develop alternatives to violence and despair and helps us learn perseverance and gain optimism (as Stuart Brown suggests above), how can we increase play in our lives?