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Archive for July, 2011

A Reflection: Care of the Soul

Sitting on the Dock

At the church where I work we often lament that fewer and fewer people come to church in the summer. “They’re all at the river,” we say. But I wonder, is that all bad?

ATTN: Professional Church Educators

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This 3rd revision of the former Professional Church Educator’s Guide is a treasure trove of materials for how a Christian Educator or Youth Minister can continue their professional development, education and strategies for their vocation.

A New Portal: Progressive Christianity

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Patheos announced the launch of a Progressive Christian portal designed as a marketplace of ideas for the evolving movement of Progressive Christianity.

Tapping the Unusual Suspects

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We’re not parents and have no experience with children’s formation, but when she asked us to lead a session we were willing to consider it because it sounded like fun.

It Started with a Book Report

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Self-described as an “I don’t believe in God person,” helping this literal child and Star Wars aficionado select a book that piqued his interest was no easy task.

Curriculum for the Future

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Ms. Ubeda suggests that we need to be teaching children much differently about Christianity, specifically Jesus. She infers that today’s curriculum is irrelevant and meaningless to today’s child.

Teaching Social Responsibility

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One of the ways we can help others see that we can make a difference is by our individual and corporate action. One is on where we choose to spend and invest our money.

A Dry Spell

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Dry spells and droughts don’t always refer to the levels of rain and water in landscapes.

A Church’s Mission to Christian Formation

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For many folks, that can be a stumper. They’ll share where they are located, what issues they are facing, what they’ve used in the past. “But who ARE you? What is your mission statement? Do you have one?” Yes. “Do you know what it is?” Not really. It’s on our website.

Values to Live By

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God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals.

The Young Child and the Good Shepherd

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Was it possible that this young child really knew that he was one of the sheep called by name and that he belonged in the the Good Shepherd?