In the Classrooms, Boardrooms, & Marketplaces
"Paul reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.” Acts 17:17 NRSV
In his book, City Changers, Alan Platt writes that Christians “need to be in the classrooms, boardrooms, and marketplaces of our communities, engaged with society and ready to offer hope to the broken.” He identifies eight “spheres of society”: Church, Business, Education, Sports, Social Services, Media, Government, and Arts & Culture.
With the idea of engaging with society and offering hope to the broken, I auditioned for Chillicothe Civic Theatre’s production of Shrek the Musical, which just wrapped up it four-show run. It proved to be an amazing opportunity to get to know more community members, share some of my God-given talents, and even offer some pastoral care behind the scenes. Thank you to everyone at Cal-vary Lutheran who supported the production by attending the show. It was encouraging to come out after each show and meet and greet people I’ve met in the past two years since my family’s move to Chillicothe.
My participation in Shrek is just one of the ways Calvary Lutheran has been in partnership with the Chillicothe Civic Theatre over the years. Prior to the completion of the theatre at 83 South Walnut Street, Calvary provided space for CCT board and membership meetings, auditions, and rehearsals. One summer, Cal-vary was the home for the summer Children’s Theatre Workshop sponsored by CCT and presented by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. When shows are held at the theatre, the neighboring churches have agreed to lend their parking lots. Calvary advertises in the Playbill programs for each production, theming our ad to the show and advertising upcoming events like Midweek Lent worship and Christmas Eve services. Just prior to the pandemic, Calvary hosted the Frozen Jr. cast party. Before the meal, I offered a prayer in Anna and Elsa’s native Norwegian language. This fall, we will incorporate CCT’s production of CLUE into our youth programming.
Our partnership with CCT is one way we engage with society through Arts & Culture. In what ways might we engage other spheres--Business, Education, Sports, Social Services, Media, Government? If you have ideas, please speak with me or a member of our Church Council.
Pastor Tom Pairan