A New Vision for Christian Education

Yesterday, I spent a good deal of my day at church.  After worship, the Board of Christian Education gathered in a meeting room for a five hour retreat focused on planning for the future.  While a summary of of those proceedings will likely fill many pages, one sentence sets the tone for the future: Vision: To have as many participants each week in educational experiences as are present in worship. While retaining high quality standards, our congregation's educational programs for children, Read More …

Review of Will There Be Faith?

Meet the Author Thomas Groome is chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry as well as professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, where he has taught since 1976.  Groome has written numerous books on religious education, including the now classic Christian Religious Education: Sharing Our Story and Vision (1980), which introduced his shared Christian praxis approach.  His latest book is Will There Be Faith? A New Vision for Education and Growing Read More …

Bringing Twitter into the Classroom

For generations, students have known that the classroom is the place to go for instruction.  This has been true for both university education as well as Christian/religious education.  In larger classrooms, the instructors are limited in their ability to interact with a large number of the learners.  Twitter offers a creative way to facilitate interaction during and beyond the class session.  Consider the example of Dr. Monica Rankin, Professor of History at the University of Texas at Read More …