Christians Engaged in Faith Formation

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Dr. Jack Seymour is a Professor Emeritus at Garrett-Evangelical Theological seminary. He co-chairs the editorial committee of Horizons in Religious Education, the book series of the Religious Education Association (REA). Make contact with him at [email protected].

Margaret Ann Crain holds the distinction of Professor Emeritus at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  She is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and author of The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to word, service, compassion, and justice. Make contact with her at [email protected]

Scholarship in Christian Religious Education is alive and properly.  The following vital books written by a diverse set of authors, all Christian religious educators, concentrate on teaching the persons of God for hope and transformation.  Advertising “abundant living” promised in the gospel is their commanding vision.  They are all grounded in actual experiences and communities. Of course, some are tough, mostly mainly because their content material addresses the violence, racism, and division of our time, but they inform us the truth. They give path and insights for how Christian education impacts our planet.  Reading them enriches vision and empowers ministry.  They will make a distinction!

We would be content to be in touch with any of you about the concepts and practices in these books.  We recommend beginning some little groups in your regional places to study them collectively and to glean directions for our function as church educators, youth ministers, children’s workers, and teachers. 


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Elizabeth Caldwell.  Engaging a Child’s Curiosity about the Bible. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2016.

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How do we assistance youngsters and parents as they study the Bible and interpret its meanings?  Just after a assessment of various Bible story books, Elizabeth Caldwell presents an productive process (“I wonder”) of joining in conversation with households and youngsters. Upon finishing this book, she and Carol Wehrheim edited a amazing Bible story book, Increasing in God’s Enjoy: A Story Bible (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2018), to assist parents, teachers and youngsters knowledge the witness of the Bible.

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Leah Gunning Francis.  Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership &amp Awakening Neighborhood.  St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2015.

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Via this wealthy narrative, we meet the persons of God in Ferguson, Missouri as they respond to the shooting death of Michael Brown.  Leah Gunning Francis spoke with these who lived and worked in Ferguson – church and neighborhood leaders who responded to racism and violence.  She introduces us to productive practices of leadership and action that make a distinction, give hope,  and educate communities.

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Courtney T. Goto, 2016. The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning into God’s New Creation. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016. 

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Connecting devotional practices, art, meditation, and teaching, Courtney Goto invites us to knowledge the “grace” of teaching.  Our vocation as persons of God is to respond to God’s invitation in the each day genuine moments of our lives.  She delivers directions on how we teach, play, and understand so that we can “lean” into God’s emerging creation?

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Thomas H. Groome. Will There Be Faith: A New Vision for Educating and Increasing Disciples. New York: Harper Collins, 2011.

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Tom Groome asks how faith will final into the future?  He responds calling us to teach a living and very important faith. He describes the approaches congregations and schools organize their ministries to touch the deepest realities of people’s lives, which includes a concrete process for teaching.  For Tom, we join in very important villages of faith and companion in God’s vision enlivening our planet with hope and justice.

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Charles R. Foster.  From Generation to Generation: The Adaptive Challenge of Mainline Protestant Education in Forming Faith.  Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012. 

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Exploring previous choices that restricted the scope and influence of Christian religious education, Chuck Foster presents directions about how to engage the complete congregation as a setting for finding out.  He calls us to teach the fullness of faith.  Practices of hospitality, celebration, and conversation are enlivened as profound moments of teaching and finding out.

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Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook. God Beyond Borders: Interreligious Understanding amongst Faith Communities.  Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014

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Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook introduces us to numerous projects in interfaith dialogue, neighborhood-constructing, and action.  We see concrete efforts that help us to cross variations, to realize every single other, and to function collectively for the prevalent very good.  She shows us how to engage in interfaith finding out. 

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Emily A. Peck-McClain. Arm in Arm with Adolescent Girls: Educating into the New Creation. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2018. 

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We hear the stories of various young females from diverse cultures as they seek to reside day to day.  Emily Peck-McClain invites us to see their struggles and their hopes as they confront forces that seek to limit and silence them.  In the letters of the apostle Paul, she finds sources for enlivening faith, supplying practices for living, and constructing healthful and faithful futures.

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Patrick Reyes.  No one Cries When We Die: God, Neighborhood and Surviving to Adulthood.  St. Louis. MO: Chalice Press, 2016.

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One particular of the most strong and prophetic books on this list.  Patrick Reyes exposes us to the violent realities in which he and numerous other folks develop up.  We meet mentors that give hope and new life.  He shows how numerous of our patterns of Christian education tame the gospel and keep away from the most vital realities of living collectively.  He calls Christian education to concentrate on survival and abundant living – on how God “calls us to life in the midst of violence and discomfort (p. 169).”

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Jack L Seymour.  Teaching the Way of Jesus: Educating Christians for Faithful Living.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2014.

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Grounded in biblical study, Jack Seymour invites us to rethink Christian religious education as teaching and living the Way of Jesus.  Neighborhood-constructing and prayer, teaching, and mission all grow to be pathways of finding out.  Like the disciples of the initially generation who sought to embody Jesus’ practices of healing and new life, we are concretely invited to know the Way of Jesus so we can teach and reside the Way of Jesus. 

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Mai-Anh Le Tran. Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2017.

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How does Christian faith address the violence of our planet – the violence of racism, class segregation, and bullying?  Mai-Anh Le Tran presents us actual practices and case research of Christian religious education that empower us to communicate and understand as we seek redemption, hope, and new life.

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Katherine Turpin &amp Anne Carter Walker. Nurturing Diverse Dreams: Youth Ministry across Lines of Distinction. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014.

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Applying experiences and case research, Katherine Turpin and Anne Carter Walker give possibilities for youth ministries in churches and schools.  In an increasingly diverse planet exactly where youth encounter every single other day-to-day as properly as the realities of social stratification and separation, we require their ideas and practices for teaching across variations and advertising mutual finding out.

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Almeda Wright.  The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans. New York City, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.

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Via in depth study with young African American Christians, Almeda Wright reveals the realities of racism and violence that they face day-to-day.  She delivers concrete practices of youth ministry, practices of spirituality and transformation that assist us give and select life – abundant living.

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