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About Sharon Ely Pearson
Sharon Ely Pearson joined Church Publishing Incorporated as their Christian Formation Specialist after ten years as Children’s Ministries and Christian Education Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. With a B.S in Special Education, she has a certificate in Christian Education from Hartford Seminary and a Master’s degree in Christian Education from Virginia Seminary. Her thesis, “A Theology of Confirmation for the 21st Century” was the spark for new diocesan guidelines implemented in 2005 in Connecticut and modeled by many others since then.
Having over 35 years experience in Christian formation at the parish, diocesan, provincial and church-wide level, she is a certified Godly Play teacher and 10-year experience EfM mentor. Sharon has expertise helping congregations choose curriculum for children, youth & adults and is a sought after leader for conferences, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics, including sacramental preparation, faith development, adult formation and administrative issues. She has been active in a variety of national Episcopal boards, task forces and design teams involved in Christian education and formation events as well as strategic planning for many educational programs.
She lives in Norwalk, CT with husband John, a Jabba-size cat name Shadow, and Chobe, a 6-year-old tennis-ball-fetching rescue black Lab. She writes at "Rows of Sharon" and created "Building Faith: An Online Community for Christian Formation" http://www.buildfaith.org, now administered by Virginia Theological Seminary. Follow her on Twitter at #rowsofsharonp
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• Resolutions regarding Confirmation are coming to the 2015 General Convention
• Includes questions for reflection and study by individuals and groups
Many clergy and educators would say that the rite of confirmation in the Episcopal Church today is a sacrament in search of a meaning. Some believe confirmation is an essential rite of passage for adult leadership in the governance of the church. Some believe it is a rite that no longer has a place in the life of the church, understanding the importance that Baptism now holds in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer’s ecclesiology.
Following a history of how the rite of confirmation came about and its implications for youth and adults in the church today, voices in the Episcopal Church (bishops, liturgical scholars, confirmation leaders, and youth themselves) offer fresh viewpoints here in a conversational format to engage the reader.
Throughout its history Judges has both entertained and appalled
readers—some read it as a series of simple stories about faithfulness
and some as a brutal and bloodthirsty book. Heller explores how
Judges can shape our understanding of our world, our relationships,
and can provide a path to a deeper appreciation of the ways of
God among people. Far from seeing the book as either simplistic or
cruel, Heller allows this odd text to speak to us anew about God, sin,
relationships, and justice.
Each event to be celebrated includes key ideas, a cluster of activities to experience the key ideas, materials needed, full instructions for implementation, background history and information, music, art, recipes, and prayer resources to use in a small, intimate or large multi-generational group. For children, youth, adults, or any combination of ages any of these activities can take place in any setting.
While these celebrations are popular in our secular culture, all ages will reconnect with the sacred roots and traditions practiced by past generations. All can experience new celebrations that have traditionally been intergenerational events in Spanish speaking communities.
Making Time for God in Advent through Epiphany includes The Annunciation, Advent, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Las Posadas, Christmas, Epiphany
Faithful Celebrations: Making Time for God from Advent through Epiphany
• The Annunciation
• Our Lady of Guadalupe
• Los Posadas
arrogance and failure to recognize the overarching power of God; the insatiable and life-denying human thirst for power and control; and the call to find in God the source of just, joyful and abundant living.
As people today try to make sense of a newly emerging global reality, Daniel continues to speak an important word about faithful living. Who truly controls our lives? To what or whom do we owe ultimate allegiance? To whom do the kingdom, the power and the glory belong? This book invites readers to consider the questions that Daniel raises and then live out the answers.
• Taps into and expands on the most accessed pages of the Building Faith website
and its online resource room
• Perfect gift for teachers, seminarians and the newly ordained
This field guide is essential reading for all those who have anything to do with the ministry of Christian formation and education. A trusted companion and toolbox for anyone who teaches children, youth, or adults in a congregational setting, it includes handy forms, teaching tidbits, plus important information on “all things Episcopal,” sprinkled with humor and advice on how to handle many of the situations that occur in a teaching
week according to the ethos and tradition of the Episcopal Church, it also provides a valuable and useful reference tool for all church leaders and members in connecting Christian faith to daily life.
This new guide to Christian education and formation is based on the Book of Common Prayer, the cornerstone
of Anglican liturgy and theology. Keyed to the Revised Common Lectionary, all activities and lessons are
structured on the seasons and lessons for Years A, B, and C. The guide stresses the major themes of
baptismal theology and shows how teachers, parents, and children can live the liturgical cycle in Christian
formation ministries at church and at home.
There are many different aspects to helping people learn about the Christian faith. We have taken as our starting point Jesus’ summary of the commandments. We are called to offer our lives to God through loving God with all our mind, soul, strength and heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Learning about Christian faith and growing in Christian faith is about more than what we believe. It’s also about the ways in which we pray and develop our relationship with God, about the way we live our lives and about living in God’s vision for the Church and for the world.
There are two stages of material in Pilgrim. There are four short Pilgrim books (each comprising a course of six sessions) in the “Follow” Stage designed for those who are enquirers and very new to the faith. Then there are four short Pilgrim books (again, each comprising a six-session course) in the “Grow” Stage designed for those who want to go further and learn more.
Pilgrim is made up of two parts, each with four courses contained in four booklets:
Follow: Do you turn to Christ? Releasing in March 2016
1. Turning to Christ
2. The Lord's Prayer
3. The Commandments
4. The Beatitudes
Grow: Will you continue in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship? Releasing October 2016
5. The Creeds
6. The Eucharist
7. The Bible
8. Church & Kingdom
Each course offers six sessions each that combine a simple prayer, reflection on a biblical selection using lectio divina, an article by a modern writer, and reflection questions.
The short courses in the four “Follow” stage books can be approached in any order. Together, we believe they offer a balanced introduction to the Christian life and journey. Our hope and prayer is that Pilgrim will help to introduce people to the Christian Way and also equip them to live their whole lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. It will help inquirers and those new to the Christian faith as well as those who are new to The Episcopal Church or Episcopalians who wish to refresh and renew their learning commitment to Christ.
The aim of the “Grow” stage is to help people to learn the essentials for a life of discipleship. A disciple is to be called to live in a rhythm of being with Jesus in community and to be sent out to live out the Christian faith in the whole of his or her life.
Disciples need the support of other Christians and to be part of a community. We need opportunities to reflect and pray together and to explore the riches of our faith. The Grow stage supports that process both for new Christians and for those who have been Christians for many years. Some groups who use the Grow material will be moving on from the Follow stage of Pilgrim. Some will be specially convened just for this stage.
The Pilgrim Leader’s Guide has lots of helpful material for those who are leading any Pilgrim Group. A single guide covers all eight booklets and gives an overview of the program as well as a process of how to lead a group of youth or adults in discussing the material.
Countryman brings his considerable biblical studies erudition as well as his skills as a popular writer and published poet to bear on the Psalms. Though an accomplished scholar of the New Testament, Countryman illumines the Psalms with insight and creativity. Readers will experience this most beloved part of the scriptural canon in a fresh and exciting way.