Spain - “Godly Play”: creative and imaginative approach at service of faith and spiritual formation
Madrid, Spain - February 2021 - 16 educators from the Salesian Province "Spain-Saint James the Greater" (SSM), participated, from 22 to 24 February, in an innovative pastoral training program on "Godly Play", a method of education for children to the faith that starts from the principles of Montessori. As part of the training program proposed for this year by the Provincial Delegation for Youth Ministry, the sessions explored the application of the principles of the Montessori Method to religious formation. During the three days, a context for action was provided and some tools were offered for learning the contents of the Christian faith based on the Bible: sacred history, parables, liturgical gestures. The proposal enhanced meaningful learning that started from the participants' personal and group experiences sought to incorporate all intelligences and developed through cooperative and community work.