From the Archives: Living Better, Not Bitter

Debby MaddenFaith Nurture, From the Archives, Spiritual Practices

During Lent we will be reposting some excellent articles from our archives aimed at supporting you, the Educator, during this season of reflection, prayer and spiritual renewal. You may find a new idea or two for future Lenten programming, as well. Debby Madden’s article originally appeared in our Winter 2009 print issue. Looking for 2018 Annual Event workshop and video resources? Check here.   You shall not covet…anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Exodus 20:17 … Read More

Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home

Traci SmithEducators Making the Future

When my oldest son, Clayton, was four months old, he contracted his first cold. The pediatrician said it wasn’t cause for alarm, to monitor him closely, and to bring him back if anything got worse. I spent the whole day worried. I trusted our doctor, but I was a fearful new mom, and my precious baby wasn’t well. That evening, my anxiety got the best of me, and I began to conjure up all kinds … Read More

The Artist as Educator: Making Art in Your Bible

Lisa Nichols HickmanThe Artist as Educator

Writing in the Margins: Connecting with God on the Pages of your Bible began with a prayer. After the death of Rich Gordon, his family entrusted me with his Bible. I quickly learned he was a margin writer. For years I thought about the notes and prayers he had written into scripture.  I began to wonder how this scriptural discipline he loved, and was shaped by, might be shared with others so they could learn … Read More

Meeting God in Garbage

Allison WehrungThe Artist as Educator

One afternoon a few years ago, I was walking down the stairs in my seminary’s main office building, carrying an arm-full of magazines and newspapers. A fellow student saw me and asked, “Oh! Are you working on a new art project?” Honestly, I was just helping my boss take out the recycling, but my classmate wasn’t too far off. Making art has found its way to the heart of my own spiritual practices, and more … Read More

Resources on Growing Spiritually

Mary SpeedyUncategorized

Enjoy this list of great Resources to learn more about spiritual practices: Breathing under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2015). Known for his Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Rohr believes we are all addicted to something and must identify our individual addiction before embracing our brokenness and surrendering to God. Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today’s Children: A Holistic Approach by La … Read More

Spiritual Practices for Congregations

Lynne BaabSpiritual Practices

After church on Sunday, a family prays together for the upcoming week. A small group sets aside a day to fast and pray for one of their members who has cancer. A congregation buys copies of a Lenten devotional so everyone can spend time each day reading a Bible passage and pondering the meaning of the events that lead up to Easter. Increasingly, groups of people–families, small groups, and congregations– are taking part in communal … Read More