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Unbound gets schoolkids in on the action

Dave Wilson, left, and Doug Brummel, creators of the “Doug and Dave Show,” perform a skit during “The Faith We Live,” a presentation they created specifically for Unbound and presented to an audience at Curé of Ars Church in Leawood Oct. 14. LEAVEN PHOTO BY MOIRA CULLINGS

by Moira Cullings

LEAWOOD — A student at Curé of Ars School here writes a letter to a child her own age living in a different part of the world.

They share pictures, ask questions and pray for one another.

“It gives them an opportunity to put the corporal works of mercy into action,” said Jennifer Siebes, outreach and account management director for Unbound and a Curé parishioner.

“It gives them an opportunity to put their faith in action,” she added.

This is the Unbound school outreach program.

Jennifer Siebes,outreach and account management director for Unbound, participates in a skit during “The Faith We Live” show at Curé of Ars Oct. 14. LEAVEN PHOTO BY MOIRA CULLINGS

Based out of Kansas City, Kansas, Unbound pairs sponsors — which can be groups or individuals — with a child or elderly person living in poverty in another part of the world.

The sponsor’s donation of $40 a month helps their friend with various costs, like education and food, and gives them the tools for a better life.

Now, classrooms in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas can get in on the action.

“We want to partner a classroom with a global classmate so they learn from each other,” said Siebes. “They learn about their commonalities, their differences, [and] they pray for and encourage one another.”

To celebrate the new program, Unbound turned to Doug Brummel and Dave Wilson.

The pair, based in the Colorado Springs, Colorado, area, are the creators of the “Doug and Dave Show.” They travel the country for conferences, rallies and parish events.

Dave Wilson, left, and Doug Brummel sing a song together during”The Faith We Live.” The show promoted Unbound’s new school outreach program. LEAVEN PHOTO BY MOIRA CULLINGS

Brummel, who worked as an artist partner with Unbound years ago, stayed in touch with Siebes. When she reached out about collaborating, he and Wilson were eager to create a show specifically for Unbound.

They presented “The Faith We Live” on Oct. 14 at Curé of Ars Church.

The interactive presentation included skits and songs with an overarching message of living the faith in the world.

For Brummel, working again with Unbound has been special.

“It is honestly one of the most humbling things that is bigger than ourselves,” he said, “and we know that God has brought our mission and their mission together to serve others and love our neighbor as ourself.

“Our songs have always been [about] faith in action, so it’s a perfect partnership.”

Doug Brummel performs a skit during “The Faith We Live.” Working with Unbound, he said, was the perfect fit for him and Dave Wilson. LEAVEN PHOTO BY MOIRA CULLINGS

The duo’s audience at Curé was taken for quite a ride.

“It was really funny and really interactive,” said Jennifer Wells, who was called upon to participate in one of the skits.

“It was a good way to put everything in perspective of how to serve,” she said.

Wells is a middle school teacher at St. Michael the Archangel in Leawood and discovered Unbound’s school outreach program through former principal Mike Cullinan.

The program piqued her interest.

“I think as a teacher, we teach our kids to live out their faith,” she said, “and this may be a good calling for me to see if this is a way for me to connect with some of those kids.”

Father Richard Storey, pastor of Curé of Ars in Leawood, joined the group gathered at “The Faith We Live.” LEAVEN PHOTO BY MOIRA CULLINGS

Siebes said the program is possible because of the extra time she and her colleagues had last year.

“When all the churches shut down, we had in the back of our mind exploring ways to engage the hearts and minds of a younger generation of Catholics,” she said.

The program is in its beginning stages, with six archdiocesan schools currently participating.

Unbound also recently launched a resource center that will come in handy for schools, families and religious education programs.

The offerings, which will be updated regularly, include videos, activities, prayers and more.

Dave Wilson, left, plays guitar while Doug Brummel performs a monologue. Brummel played many characters during “The Faith We Live” show. LEAVEN PHOTO BY MOIRA CULLINGS

It’s all part of Unbound’s initiative to help young people learn about service.

“We want kids to understand their faith and live that faith,” said Siebes. “We want them to have an opportunity not only to learn about it in a book but to put it into action.”

If you are an educator interested in the school outreach program, visit the website at: unbound.org/schools.

For more on the Unbound community, go online to: unbound.org/liveyourfaith.

To access Unbound’s educational resources, head online to: unbound.org/childsponsorship/educationalresources.

For more information on the “Doug and Dave Show,” visit the website at: douganddaveshow.com.

Sponsor a child

• Go online to: unbound.org
• Select a child to sponsor
• Choose how to contribute the $40 monthly sponsorship
• Invite your students to write the sponsored child

Get creative

It’s up to your classroom to decide how you pay your monthly fee. You can ask each student to give a small amount, host a fundraiser, seek help from parish organizations like the Knights of Columbus, or take advantage of an Unbound “angel donor” — an individual, business or organization that can help contribute to your sponsored child.

About the author

Moira Cullings

Moira attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park and Benedictine College in Atchison. She majored in marketing, minored in psychology and played center midfield for the women’s soccer team. Moira joined The Leaven staff as a feature writer and social media editor in 2015. After a move to Denver, Moira resumed her full-time position at The Leaven and continues to write and manage its website, social media channels. Her favorite assignment was traveling to the Holy Land to take photos for a group pilgrimage in 2019.

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