Sabbath “Try-its”–In Honor of the Girl Scouts

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts! To celebrate and have a little fun, I had the Young Clergy Women design a Sabbath “merit badge” during our time in Chicago.

The brownie badges are called “try-its,” which is a name I like because it’s about invitation and not mastery. (And that was the spirit of the assignment, rather than making Sabbath yet another thing we must “achieve.” How can we invite people into deeper Sabbath-keeping?)

Try-its are triangular though, which I find a harder shape to work with, so we went with the traditional round badge shape. I gave people a large circle and invited them to work in groups to make a design and/or a list of suggested activities. I remember the Girl Scout badges I earned as a child had lists of activities with lots of choices, e.g. “complete one task from group A, two from group B, etc.” So I encouraged people to include some margin and grace in their lists.

There were some great ideas and designs. Here is a favorite:

One side of the badge is an image that represents “avoidance” or saying no to certain things, and the other side is an image of “engagement” or saying yes to our hearts’ yearnings.

I also like that each list has people choose 4 out of 7 of the activities. You don’t have to do it perfectly. Sabbath isn’t about a checklist.

What do you think? What would you include?

Incidentally, Chalice will be setting up a site for Sabbath in the Suburbs in the coming weeks, and I’ll be blogging there a couple times a week as well as here at the Blue Room. I’ll include some of the other badges on that site. Stay tuned.

2 thoughts on “Sabbath “Try-its”–In Honor of the Girl Scouts

  1. Purple

    Looking forward to your book.
    On a side note: Yesterday I preached “Thinking Outloud: Why Worship?” and I shared “The Upper Room” which was created at the church you serve. Thanks.

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    1. MaryAnn

      Very cool! The Upper Room has been in heavy use this summer and continues to be a work in progress. We’ve had older kids going up there lately, like seventh graders. I hadn’t thought about stuff for that age group. Need to think more.

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