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Jul. 26, 2012

Resources for Sowing Seeds of Hope through Environmentally Focused Ministry

The Story of Stuff   From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between
Jul. 19, 2012

Learning the Language of Gamers

By Rachel Schwenke, Children, Youth and Family Program Assistant How can the language of faith be communicated in a relevant way for gamers? Can the truth of the Bible intersect with the gaming language many use on a daily basis? Here’s a few ideas of how to use this lingo IRL (that’s “in real life” for you newbs).   “Jesus
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Jul. 06, 2012

Resource for uncovering your vocation as Parent-Leader

For more ways to expand your thinking about pushing forward Karen Gieseke’s ideas about the vocation of parents as leaders in the faith of their children, be sure to order:  Parents and Faith Formation issue of the journal Lifelong Faith, (Vol 5.3)  It is filled with both helpful content/reading and also applicable praxis. Parents are the most important factor in the healthy development
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Jun. 26, 2012

Resource for your Community of Creativity

Photos by Sandy Troyan, MA CYF graduate from Luther Seminary As you reflect on Andrew Kellner’s idea of Communities of Creativity, here is a resource for you to use in your context. What kind of religious symbols could kids find in this pictures? What meaning do these pictures convey to youth? What images convey the Christian story to your youth?
Jun. 21, 2012

Interview with CYF Prize Winner on “Communities of Creativity”

Interview of Andrew Kellner, CYF MA graduate and CYF Prize Winner 2012 Read Andrew’s full paper: Communities of Creativity: The Role of Symbols in Youth Formation See Andrew’s Blog Post Here
Apr. 26, 2012

Essay and study guide on The Hunger Games

See this resource from the Immerse Journal, which includes a user’s guide for Prim in Dystopia. Written by Clint Schnekloth Related Link: See an overview and suggested study guide for The Hunger Games by David Lose.
Apr. 11, 2012

Video Resource: Life in 6 words

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Mar. 29, 2012

Being Creative with the Catechism

As we think about Dr. Hans Wiersma’s presentation on catechism, we all feel the need to find creative ways to communicate with young people. > See video of Dr. Hans Wiersma speaking on ‘Post-Modern’ Youth and 16th Century Teaching Tracts This piece on “How to Be Creative” from the Wall Street Journal might spark your imagination. It might give you
Mar. 16, 2012

What is the Church?

See this short video with a simple description of the Church. Use as a discussion starter in your confirmation class, youth minsitry or adult small group. How do you answer the question: What is the Church?
Mar. 16, 2012

100 People: A Global Village

The ELCA World Hunger program has launched a line of Web-based resources, Hunger Education Toolkits. The Hunger Education Toolkits will help you design, host, and lead a learning experience on hunger or hunger-related topics. 100 People: A Global Village This activity will help participants see the stark realities of our world by looking at important characteristics of the world’s population.