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Taking It Home, Workshop 7: Families Function: Families Work

In "Families," a Tapestry of Faith program

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer



We talked about the work that is involved in being part of a family. We wrote job descriptions for each family member.


Now that you have had a chance to learn a bit about the work of families, how does it apply to the work in your household? Make a list of the jobs in your household and who does them. Include things like make the money and do the homework. Don’t forget things like driving family members to activities and school. Is there some way you could lend a hand? Is this a topic for a family meeting or dinnertime or a car ride conversation?


Do any of the family jobs have the element of ritual? For example, does someone always wear the same clothes while doing a job or always perform the job at the same time of day? Is there anything spiritual about the work that keeps families functioning? What would “ritualizing” a job, in order to highlight the spiritual work of supporting our families, look like? Taking such a step could be fun!


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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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