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Book review: Daily Prayer for All Seasons
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Book review: Daily Prayer for All Seasons

Drawing from the ancient monastic tradition of “praying the hours,” the Daily Prayer for All Seasons offers eight short, simple services for praying at various times throughout the day: Lauds (dawn/waking up), Prime (morning/ start of day), Terce (mid-morning), Sext (mid-day), None (afternoon), Vespers (dusk/end of day), Compline (night/ bedtime), and Vigils (late night). In … Continue reading »

Easter People #36: Easter joy in a messed-up world
Easter People Podcast

Easter People #36: Easter joy in a messed-up world

Happy Easter, Easter People people! In this very honest conversation, we’ll explore what it means to proclaim and experience Easter joy (and sometimes not) in a world that is still full of strife, pain, and loss. We will also play a Bible game about the resurrection and share our Green Shoots. Links: “Hallelujah Funk“ Washington Post Peeps … Continue reading »

Pilgrimage as an expression of the Christian life
Commentary

Pilgrimage as an expression of the Christian life

As a young 30-year old clergyperson, I received a wonderful and perhaps rather rare calling—to go on pilgrimage. It was to be an around-the-world pilgrimage, visiting ecumenical Christian communities, parishes and institutions, and historical holy sites on six continents and in some twenty countries. My only other encounter with pilgrimage had been an undergraduate course in … Continue reading »

Dementia 101 for faith communities
Commentary

Dementia 101 for faith communities

Recently I was part of a panel discussion with Anne Karoly, Lifetime Theological Education Office director at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), about dementia. The panel was for lay and clergy people who minister to older adults in churches, synagogues, institutions, and retirement centers. We talked about ways to bring people with dementia into our communities by … Continue reading »

Easter People #35: What we’ve learned from the women in our lives
Easter People Podcast

Easter People #35: What we’ve learned from the women in our lives

View image | gettyimages.com   With Lisa unable to join us, our temporarily all-male Easter People cast has a conversation about the many things we’ve learned from the women in our lives. A brief summary: lots of gratitude, lots of hope for the future. Then we play a movie mashup game based on a recent Twitter hashtag and … Continue reading »

Reimagining church space: The Juice Bar
Profiles

Reimagining church space: The Juice Bar

Two summers ago, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, had an idea. What began as a way to connect with a local school district became far more than we imagined. We called it the Juice Bar. Rightly named to acknowledge that many students come to charge up their MacBooks and other devices, the Juice Bar is a free, … Continue reading »

Teens, Tweens, and Tech: A survey and lesson plan
Curriculum / Our Picks / Reviews

Teens, Tweens, and Tech: A survey and lesson plan

I’ve mentioned here before a fantastic Fuller Youth Institute interview with danah boyd, author of It’s Complicated and one of the leading experts on how teens use digital media. Many of you were excited about that resource, and if you liked it, I think you’re really gonna like this next one. The WNYC show New Tech City recently launched a … Continue reading »

Creation Story: A contemporary interpretation
Original Resources

Creation Story: A contemporary interpretation

Editor’s note: As we approach Holy Week, we wanted to pass on some imaginative work by VTS junior Robin Denney. If you’re looking for an imaginative paraphrase of the first creation story for use at your Easter Vigil service, look no further. (All Bible quotations are in italics.) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word … Continue reading »

Easter People #34: Lent and the environment
Easter People Podcast

Easter People #34: Lent and the environment

In this episode, we welcome two guests: Nurya Love Parish (@nurya) and Ragan Sutterfield (@ragan). We took the occasion of Lent to explore a particular instance of “structural sin”: our mistreatment of the environment. In Easter People fashion, we make our way to helpful tips for hopeful and conscientious everyday living. Then we play a nerdy … Continue reading »

VBS Fair – Friday Fun – VBS Online
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VBS Fair – Friday Fun – VBS Online

Editor’s note: This post is part of our VBS Review Fair here on Key Resources, where we’ve been featuring reviews of our top picks from this year’s curricula. You can download the full review packet here. If you’ve been following our reviews this week, you’ll have noticed that in our resource section we’ve been recommending the site VBS Online from Episcopal … Continue reading »

VBS Fair – Top Pick – Thailand Trek
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VBS Fair – Top Pick – Thailand Trek

Editor’s note: This post is part of our VBS Review Fair here on Key Resources, where we’ll be featuring reviews of our top picks from this year’s curricula. You can download the full review packet here. Thailand Trek Cross Culture VBS Group Publishing group.com/vbs $149.99 Thailand Trek introduces children to life in Thailand through games, snacks, and learning stations. The material … Continue reading »

VBS Fair – Top Pick – Message Received
Our Picks / Reviews / VBS

VBS Fair – Top Pick – Message Received

Editor’s note: This post is part of our VBS Review Fair here on Key Resources, where we’ll be featuring reviews of our top picks from this year’s curricula. You can download the full review packet here. Message Received Hearing God’s Call MennoMedia faithandliferesources.org/Curriculum/vbs/ $159.99 Age Levels: Preschool, Elementary Includes Music CD Registration and volunteer forms Alternate schedule Strengths: Extremely well … Continue reading »