Goal of this Edge Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to make the middle school youth aware that our bodies speak a language through our body language, facial expressions, and the way we present ourselves.
About this night
This Edge Night is adapted from Theology of the Body for Teen: Middle School Edition from Ascension Press written by Brian Butler, Jason Evert, and Colin and
Aimee MacIver. Copyright © 2011 Ascension Press
This is an extraordinary resource for those of you wanting to do Theology of the Body with your middle school youth. It is not simply a discussion on sex and sexuality – it is a discussion of the whole person. The curriculum can be purchased at www.ascensionpress.com.
Edge Night at a Glance
“The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual…”(CCC 362). We are created body and soul – a visible body and an invisible soul. Often times we see our soul as being good and perfect, but our bodies as being bad and even sometimes sinful. However, our bodies are not valuable because of height, weight, color, etc., rather, the human body is good because in its union with the soul. Our bodies reflect the light of our souls; our souls give life to our bodies and reveal our true beauty. The language of our body helps to reveal the invisible part of ourselves – our souls. With our bodies, we convey our emotions, how we are feeling, as well as the health of our souls.
This Edge Night starts with a fun game of charades to illustrate the importance of our body language. The Proclaim will help the middle school youth understand that we are body and soul. The talk is a little bit longer than usual, but it presents great information that is all connected and important for the youth to know. During the Break, small groups will have an opportunity to discuss the teaching and create silent skits. The night will end with a closing prayer based on Psalm 139.