Karen-Marie Yust and Erin Reibel: Helping create a space of spiritual nurture for children and their families
Research, social science and of-the-moment culture are adapted and translated in a project to support children’s spirituality.
Changing lives by changing how we live
There are steps we can take to help offset a purpose gap rooted in historical and contemporary oppressions, writes the senior director of learning design with the Forum for Theological Exploration.
What will summer be like without the usual VBS, camps and youth mission trips?
Christian professionals and families partner to experiment with innovative approaches to youth formation in a socially distant environment.
The tradition of child bishops teaches the meaning of the Magnificat
In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a church enthrones a young chorister as “bishop” every December in a medieval practice that illustrates the upside-down spirit of Advent.
Melissa Florer-Bixler: How can we create a culture of safety for children in church?
Creating a safe space for vulnerable members of our congregations doesn’t end with a yearly training. Awareness and vigilance should be an embedded habit, writes a pastor.
Melissa Florer-Bixler: Playing and praying with children in worship
Giving kids a place in the front of the sanctuary allows them to worship in a way that comes naturally to them: through play.
Bristol Huffman: What I learned at Vacation Bible School this summer
A pastor charged with teaching a third-grade VBS class realized she was learning not only from the children but with them, by openheartedly engaging in the activities meant for kids.
Sandy Sasso: Experiencing religion through story
Stories and art allow children and adults to engage deeply in the sacred, says a well-known rabbi and author.
Catherine Maresca: The nativity isn't cute
The stories of Jesus’ birth deserve more attention than a pageant. Take time with these stories this Christmas and ponder the mystery of our faith.