Advent 2: Advent Peace

Advent 2: Advent Peace

By: Jill Ver Steeg We blow out the candle of confrontation and light the candle of peace. Lectionary Texts: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is Mark’s way of saying “Genesis.” This is the genesis of all...
Advent 2: Advent Peace

Advent 1: Advent Hope

By: Jen deCombe First Sunday of Advent: We blow out the candle of despair and in its place we light the candle of hope. Lectionary Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37 This year’s first Gospel reading of the Advent season comes as a shock to many of us. Unlike...
Faith Practices with Children

Faith Practices with Children

By: Priscilla Andre-Colton About two years ago we had a group of adults exploring faith practices using Dorothy C. Bass’ book Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People. They were thoroughly enjoying learning new ways to experience God’s presence in...
Working with a Spiritual Director: A Transformative Experience

Working with a Spiritual Director: A Transformative Experience

By: Martha Rockenstein Many Christian Educators and pastors move through their ministry on automatic. They keep on doing what they are doing and probably doing it adequately. However, there usually comes a time when they start running on empty, when they feel like...
How to Foster Seamless Faith

How to Foster Seamless Faith

By: Traci Smith When I teach parents how to incorporate spiritual practice into their family routine, I stress this truth: Faith is learned when it’s woven seamlessly into the fabric of our everyday lives. The idea is that faith practices that have lasting impact are...