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Jul. 10, 2012

Mormons Do It Better

Interview of Paul Cannon, CYF MDIV graduate
Jul. 06, 2012

Interview with CYF Prize Winner on “A Future I Trust In”

Interview of Karen Gieseke, CYF MA graduate and CYF Prize Winner 2012 Read Karen’s full paper: A Future I Trust In: Identity and Vocation as the Parent-Leader See Karen’s Blog Post Here
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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
Nov. 15, 2011

Training leaders for a world that no longer exists

Dr. David Lose weighs in on the future of seminaries, and theological education, with this provocative statement: I’d argue the single most significant cause of decline is far simpler: most seminaries are training leaders for a church and world that no longer exists. Lose references Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk’s book, The Missional Leader, and the three zones that organizations
Nov. 10, 2011

Finding a Welcome Community

Dee Pederson talks about building cross-cultural relationships in Saint Cloud, Minn., forming the connective tissue between members who don’t share the same culture or language. Dee Pederson: Many Cultures and Languages from Discerning Mission on Vimeo.
Nov. 01, 2011

Trinity and the Kingdom : The Doctrine of God

Annotation by Jeffrey Eisele. Moltmann, J.The Trinity and the Kingdom : The Doctrine of God. 1st Fortress Press ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1993. In The Trinity and the Kingdom, Jurgen Moltmann offers a complex and thorough examination of the Christian doctrine of God as Trinity. His aim is to reveal what the implications of this doctrine are for understanding
Nov. 01, 2011

Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People

Annotation by Jeffrey Eisele. Bass, Dorothy C. Practicing Our Faith : A Way of Life for a Searching People. 1st ed. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass, 1997. My biased suspicions about a book on faith practices were that it will probably offer some way for the reader to try harder at adding spiritual workouts to one’s life in order to live
Nov. 01, 2011

Pentecost on the Prairie

Listen as Laurie Skow-Anderson talks about the challenges of moving from a uniracial congregation to a more multiracial one: Laurie Skow-Anderson: “Pentecost on the Prairie” from Discerning Mission on Vimeo.