Lessons from a successful young adult ministry gathering
Lessons from a successful young adult ministry gathering

I recently attended the Commonplace young adult ministry gathering in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Participants gathered from across the judicatory for a night of storytelling, fellowship, and prayer. I came

Jerome Berryman on the Middle Realm
Jerome Berryman on the Middle Realm

There is much in our world that fractures and falls apart, so longing for a lasting center is perennial.  William Butler Yeats probed this longing in his poem “The Second

Why the Church needs a high camp-olgy
Why the Church needs a high camp-olgy

In the bubble of seminary you quickly discover that everyone wants to know where you stand on the high-low spectrum for dozens of –ologies (Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, etc.). I often

The Reflective Practitioner: An Advent elf experiment
The Reflective Practitioner: An Advent elf experiment

Advent. At home. With the kids.Where do I start? I don’t have a wreath. I don’t have a fancy calendar. I don’t have time. Then I saw the familiar message: Slow

The Reflective Practitioner: Five ways to move onward
The Reflective Practitioner: Five ways to move onward

The theme at this year’s National Youth Workers’ Convention was Onward. That’s a great theme for any youth program and one I’ve been reflecting on since the conference. This January,

Resource Curation 101
Resource Curation 101

I wrote recently that if you want to set others on fire for faith learning, you need not just a spark but a stack of kindling to feed the flame. We all need

What has the academy to do with congregational faith formation (and vice versa)?
What has the academy to do with congregational faith formation (and vice versa)?

Lisa and I recently attended the annual meeting of REA, “an association of professors, practitioners, and researchers in religious education.” The topic of the 2013 meeting was “Com­ing Out Reli­giously: Reli­gion,

Letter from South Africa: Will digital ministry help faith development?
Letter from South Africa: Will digital ministry help faith development?

We seem to be facing many of the same issues in Christian formation in South Africa as in the United States. Students at the College of the Transfiguration tell me

Kindling interest
Kindling interest

I remember now with fondness what was, at the time, a depressing February day during my childhood. I was at scout camp, and I was working with friends on the

The evolution of the Sunday school superintendent
The evolution of the Sunday school superintendent

Let’s face it—in the 1950s, the religious education of children was easier. It’s not that the children were any different than today, but their environment certainly was. There are different