The Sacramental Classroom: Creating Assignments that Invite The Holy Spirit

The integration of faith into the learning environment requires a delicate balance between
guidance and permission to wrestle with core issues, including faith and doubt. Young people
need leadership but they also need the freedom to be vulnerable and honest as they explore.
This seminar will address practical ways to facilitate trust between teachers and students so
that students can wrestle appropriately with their questions without being required to arrive
at a set of predetermined answers. It is an environment characterized by trust, it is possible
to create assignments that prompt spiritual growth without demanding it or dictating its shape.
These practices are intended to invite (and not command) the Holy Spirit to be present
transforming the classroom into a truly sacramental space.