UW Passport Assignment–Diversity

I went to my friend Michael’s Small Group Bible Study in Asian American Intervarsity yesterday evening. Both of my parents are agnostics, so naturally I became an agnostic as well. Though my maternal grandfather who is a Christian paster has been trying very hard to convince me to convert ever since I was born, I never budged. Nevertheless, I thought I should at least try things out and understand more about Christians like my grandfather.

At first, I was a little bit uncomfortable and nervous being the only non-christian in the room. Fortunately, everyone was being really friendly and welcoming to me. They were just like the rest of us when they were not talking about God or religion. The group leader Brandon gave us a handout from the Gospel of John 1:35-51. Then we sat in a circle and each one of us read two verses in order. The next thing we did was the observation of the text, like finding rhetorical strategies and what messages John was trying to convey. The one I found was that the “Lamb of God” was a metaphor. Then we asked questions about things that we did not understand and tried to answer each other’s questions. They would constantly slow down or stop to make sure that I was following, which helped me understand the text a lot better. They also reflected on the past semester and the retreat they went last week. Most of it was confessing about what they did wrong and how they could do better. Afterwards, they ended the session with prayers.

Studying the text with other people was definitely more helpful than just reading this section of Bible by myself. They pointed out a lot of things that I would not notice otherwise. I would not say that going to this Bible study session has made me want to convert, but it was absolutely eye-opening for me. I am truly amazed of how much they actually believe in Jesus. Especially at the end, someone said only God can bring us the eternal joy and peace. I personally don’t believe in that, but I respect their beliefs and the part of their religion that I don’t really understand.

All in all, the passport assignments have had more impact on me than I first expected. I am glad that I went to all the events, which have opened up new paths for me and have made me a slightly different person.

 

Bible study

UW Passport Grading Rubric

(Excellent)= A

(Good)= B

(Fair)= C

(Inadequate)= D

Content

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Student describes, in detail, how the experience influences their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Gives some details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts. 

Paragraphs offer a basic reflection of the experience/activity. Provides few details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a very little reflection and focuses on a summary of the experience/activity. Provides few details or no details about the impact that the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Clarity & Organization

Ideas are clearly communicated.  Paragraph is logical, and organization is effective.

Minor problems with clarity. There are a few minor organizational problems that do not take away from the flow of the paragraphs . 

Paragraphs are unclear. Fairly significant organizational problems.  

Paragraphs are unclear and lack organization. 

Formatting 

Paragraphs follow the formatting requirements (font, size, margins, length, & title) and includes a picture. 

Paragraphs follow most of the requirements.

Paragraphs follow some of the requirements.

Paragraphs do not follow the requirements.

Effort

Student clearly selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone. 

Student selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and somewhat describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone. 

Student selected an experience/activity that fulfills the category requirements, but student does not describe how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an event that does not meet the requirements of the category and does not describe how the event is outside of their comfort zone. 

Grammar & Spelling

Paragraph is polished. No grammar or spelling errors.

A few minor grammar and spelling errors.

Many grammar and spelling errors. 

Significant problems with grammar and spelling.

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