Christian Service Reflection 2015-2016
Reflection is a necessary component of any Christian Service experience. Reflection gives you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned during your service experience and how you have applied those lessons to your life. It is important to recognize the good work you have done, and to analyze what you have learned from your experience. Lastly, reflection gives you the chance to evaluate how your service has changed any preconceived notions you may have held about people who are poor and marginalized. As Peter Hans Kolvenbach, SJ said: “When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change.”
For your 60 hour Christian Service requirement, you can reflect in a number of ways. You must create one of the following within two weeks of completing your 60 hours of Christian Service.
Multimedia Presentations: Video, Photo Documentary
- A video or photo documentary must:
1) be at least fifteen minutes long and given to Ms. Toomb on a DVD.
2) include narration and background music.
3) include an interview with a staff member and a client at your service agency.
4) represent the injustices facing the clients at your service agency.
5) represent the benefits and challenges of your service agency – what did you like about working there and what was difficult for you?
6) include a lesson learned from your service experience.
- An example of a video presentation can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyun2F9ilHI. This video was created by a Fordham University staff member who traveled to the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador – the same program Prep students work with.
- An example of a photo documentary can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs0SwM18AxA. This slideshow was created by a church group who went on a mission trip to Rancho Santa Maria in Mexico.
Creative Projects: Song, Painting, Collage, Poem, Short Story
- A creative project must:
1) be at least 13”x19” in dimension if a painting or collage.
OR be at least 4 minutes long if a song and given to Ms. Toomb on a CD.
OR be at least 20 lines long if a poem.
OR be at least 5 pages long if a short story.
2) represent the injustices facing the clients at your service agency.
3) represent the benefits and challenges of your service agency – what did you like about working there and what was difficult for you?
4) include a lesson learned from your service experience.
5) include an attached 3 paragraph essay that explains your piece if it is a song, painting, or collage.
Journal Option: Reflection Blog
1) To set up a blog, please follow the instructions at www.spprep.org/blogsetup.
2) Once your blog is set up, please answer the questions found at www.spprep.org/servicereflection.
3) Reflection must be done as you are completing your 60 hours, not after the 60 hours are complete.