Locke Bowman: A lifetime of excellence in Christian education
Locke Bowman: A lifetime of excellence in Christian education

The Rev. Dr. Locke E. Bowman, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Virginia Seminary, first Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and James Maxwell Professor of Christian Education and

Taking the plunge: My dive into e-Formation
Taking the plunge: My dive into e-Formation

My plunge into the world of digital Christian Formation began when I was asked to attend the three-day 2013 e-Formation Conference and return to Alabama to share what I had learned. As

Shutting down the Sunday school
Shutting down the Sunday school

What would you do if the families in your parish were exceptionally regular in their attendance at worship, but only a few were committed to church school; the well of prospective teachers

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

Book review: Pilgrimage – The Sacred Art
Book review: Pilgrimage – The Sacred Art

Planning a pilgrimage? Interested in labyrinths?  Looking to build on a previous pilgrimage experience? This new book by Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook (SkyLight Paths, 2013) is an interesting and readable book, fresh

Book review: Five-Minute Bible Devotions for Children
Book review: Five-Minute Bible Devotions for Children

These spiral-bound, beautifully illustrated books of devotional stories for children written by Pamela Kennedy and Anne Kennedy Brady and illustrated by Amy Wummer (from Ideals Children’s Books, 2012) are perfect for a

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

TED’s Threads of Faith: An intersection of theology and inspiration
TED’s Threads of Faith: An intersection of theology and inspiration

Looking for a fresh way to have a conversation about where faith and daily living intersect, our congregation turned to TED Talks and ended up with a rich class titled

Book review: The Spy on Noah’s Ark
Book review: The Spy on Noah’s Ark

The Spy on Noah’s Ark and Other Bible Stories from the Inside Out (Forward Movement, 2013) is a charming book of children’s Bible stories by Episcopal priest Lindsay Hardin Freeman.

What to do with 4th- and 5th-graders in Sunday School?
What to do with 4th- and 5th-graders in Sunday School?

After several years of experimentation, we have found a model that works well for 4th- and 5th-grade students. Grace Episcopal in Charleston, SC is a large parish with close to