Ceilidhs are a wonderful celtic tradition, a blast, a good time and a great way to connect with folks, your friends, family and neighbours. They're a wonderful way to bring worlds together, blending cultures and building appreciation for the other. We've been hosting them for some time.
Another thing we've been experimenting with over the last few years is using the cielidh model for our faith communties gatherings. 'One brings a word one brings a song one brings a hymn..." In our present culture most people are used to observing not participating. By it's very nature the ceilidh is inclusive and interactive encouraging participation.
Many people particularly, expect christian culture to be pretty . I come you speak i listen.
When we explore the dynamic of the early church there seems tobe strong indication of what could be refered to as body ministry. The ceiligh model helps to facilitate an every body gets to play atmosphere.
Everyone can particpate, everyone has space to interact. Everyone is encouraged to bring a word a song a hyman a story.. etc. The trick is in the facilitating. This is a great challenge and some times it's a little more work than others.