The Lock Out--What a Cool Consciousness Raising Idea
Well, I planned not to post until next week, but I couldn't resist passing on this idea. This post on Erik Ullestad's blog describes a Lock Out, an idea that's just the opposite from the traditional Lock In. This experience helps expose church youth groups to issues that the homeless face. Hopefully participating would raise sensitivity to the issues of homelessness and spur work on this social justice issue. Lock Ins of my youth didn't really see us accomplish much. We watched movies (I remember watching Halloween, of all things) and overate and spooked ourselves by going down dark hallways into spooky sanctuaries. A Lock Out could be so much more meaningful.
I'm a lifelong Lutheran, and although I'm aware of some of the problems with Liberation Theology, it has spoken to me for much of my adolescent and adult life. All of the thoughts on this blog are mine (or those of commenters), and I don't intend to speak for any other Lutherans or Liberation Theologians.
A poet, a scholar, an administrator, a wanna-be mystic--always wrestling with the temptation to run away to join an intentional community--but would it be contemplative? social justice oriented? creative? in the mountains? in the inner city?--may as well stay planted and wrestle with these tensions and contradictions here, at the edge of America.
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