Monday, June 11, 2012

New Godly Play Film

Godly Play Deutschland e.V. has just produced a wonderful new film called "Was ist Godly Play?" or "What is Godly Play"? Not only does it explain more about Godly Play to the German-speaking world, but it also to shares Godly Play Deutschland's experience of making this concept that came from America via Italy very much its own. When you consider that Godly Play has only been around for about 10 years in Germany, it is truly amazing to realize what has been accomplished in only a few short years.

Even without a translation, you can see several interesting things about how Godly Play is being used in Germany. In addition to churches, Godly Play is widely used in schools and kindergartens. Because religion is a subject taught in public schools, religion teachers can use Godly Play with their students to help them gain an understanding of Christianity.  The section with Martina Grass, a special education teacher in southern Germany, who uses Godly Play with her students, speaks volumes without words. 

Markus from Gott im Spiel - Godly Play, who you may remember from his Eastertide guest post, is in this video. He's the guy with the curly hair and glasses.

You can also see Delia Freudenreich, a Catholic theologian, who is also one of the few people in the German-speaking world doing academic research in the field of children's spirituality.

Yours truly is working on a translation, so maybe we will be able to hear it in English at some point in the future! 

Watch and let me know what you think!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad that you'll be translating this for us! As soon as I saw it on Markus's blog I put a link to it into my own sidebar, but I'll be very interested to "hear" it in English.