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A Dramatization of the Life of Francis of Assisi

An interactive performance by Jim McGinnis for high schools, youth groups, universities, and faith communities




Dr. Jim McGinnisí 50-minute lively interactive dramatization for youth, adults, whole families, and Franciscan audiences portrays the ongoing transformation of Francis into the compassionate and courageous man of God, confronting the values of his society and revealing the nonviolent love of Jesus.  This drama challenges people of all ages to re-examine their own values and dreams and to rededicate themselves to God.  The experience concludes with an invitation to participants to stand and commit themselves to Francisí "little way" of compassion and peace; plus Jimís personal testimony about his own journey into the life of Francis the peacemaker and how we can all be "fools for Christ" like Francis, especially at this time of escalating violence in our society and world.

Presentation Options:  While the full dramatization takes 45 minutes, it can be shortened slightly for shorter class periods.  Discussion afterwards can be from 15 to 30 minutes in a large group and/or in several smaller groups/classes.  A study guide with questions and activities is available.  Jim can also speak in several classes/groups on the Pledge of Nonviolence as a way of living out the message of Francis.

The presentation can be used by high schools and youth groups, college campus ministry programs, retreatants of all ages, pastoral formation programs, small and large faith communities, Franciscan communities, people of good-will everywhere.

As a youth from Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City, NJ, put it,
"I think it was religion, but it sure didnít feel like it!"

His teacher commented,
"Itís amazing how much this drama educates, entertains, motivates, challenges, delights, and makes you think deeply -- all in only
45 minutes!"

About the performer:  Dr. James McGinnis founded the Institute for Peace and Justice in St. Louis in 1970, where his journey into the nonviolence of Jesus, Francis, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. began.  His teaching, writing, retreats, military experiences, marriage and parenting, and his compassionate ministries as "Francis the Clown" have prepared him in unique ways for this presentation of the life and values of Francis of Assisi.  Since 1987, "Francis the Clown" has been presenting the message of nonviolence, racial reconciliation, solidarity with the poor, and care for creation for audiences of all ages.

These presentations support Francis the Clown's ministry to the 'least of God's peoples,' including: the "Violent Offender Program," Hospice Ministry, AIDS Ministry, and Violence Prevention in Schools.

Contact Jim McGinnis for cost and scheduling options.  jimppjn@aol.com  314-918-2630.