How to Play

We are pretty opinionated, and we assume you are, too. So tell us what you think! Seriously, tell us what you really think. We ask only a couple of things:

These sorts of conversations are what we do for fun, but they’re also what we do for a living. To protect everyone’s privacy, please don’t use last names or names of institutions. We’ll have to delete your comment if you do. (This obviously excludes, e.g., authors whose work we’re discussing.)

We want to hear what you have to say, even and sometimes especially if you disagree with us, but please be civil to us, to each other, and to any third parties caught in the melee. If you wouldn’t say it in our living rooms, don’t say it here.

We’re really hoping that this blog will be a place where we open rather than close conversations, work through disagreements with charity, and seek precision and truth, even when it’s complicated. We would be especially happy if you were to join us in these goals.

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4 thoughts on “How to Play

  1. Dear Carmen,
    Your dad sent me this site. I really liked your analysis of “theology teacher,” religion teacher.” Well done. In our high school in Montevideo, Uruguay, they´re called “catechists,” the first use of that term I´ve ever heard in a high school. Of course that doesn´t answer your question. I´d say that in the Christian Brother tradition, we wanted the students to learn the doctrine, but we always had a bent toward urging them to the rightness of it all, to the practice of religion. There was the tradition of the “Friday talk,” which was a ferverino about loving God and going to Mass. Some religion teachers had a quiz on Monday about Sunday´s gospel: read, “get your butt to Mass!

    In South America they talk about a Catholic people catechized, but not evangelized. A brother in Rhode Island thought that the religion class should prepare the student to challenge his parish about good christian life. This brother was against campus ministry programs because the school´s job was to form a critical intelect (2 l´s?). He called campus ministry “playing parish.”

    I´m not sure what I think. I haven´t taught in high school for 23 years! I´m also not sure I can keep up with this interesting blog -I have it on my cell phone!- because the back and forth is too furious for me. But good luck!

  2. Hi Tio! Great to hear from you! Definitely feel free to drop by the blog anytime you’d like. Whatever comments you’d like to make would be most welcome. We think this blog is a way to have conversation with lots of different people.

    That’s really interesting to use the term “catechists” in a high school. I have never heard of that! I have heard another religion teacher explain to me that her goal was to prepare good parishioners. I never thought about it that way, and I certainly love the idea of campus ministry “playing parish.” It seems like the most practical outcome of a good campus ministry program.

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