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Children and Creation Spirituality

Let's discuss how to teach Creation Spirituality to our children.

Participants: 8
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2013

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Children's Books 3 Replies

Please share titles (and links/images if possible) and thoughts about books that directly address and/or are consistent with Creation Spirituality.:)Continue

Started by Matt Henry. Last reply by Matt Henry Aug 17, 2012.

Principle #3: God is as much Mother as Father... 4 Replies

3. God is as much Mother as Father, as much Child as Parent, asmuch God in mystery as the God in history, as much beyond all wordsand images as in all forms and beings.We are liberated from the need…Continue

Started by Aleta Shepler. Last reply by Áine Máire Bríd, OAK Jan 1, 2011.

Principle #4: Spiritual Practices for Children 2 Replies

4. In our lives, it is through the work of spiritual practicethat we find our deep and true selves.Through the arts of meditation and silence we cultivate aclarity of mind and move beyond fear into…Continue

Started by Aleta Shepler. Last reply by Matt Henry Oct 27, 2010.

Principle #2: Panentheism for Children 3 Replies

In Creation, God is both immanent and transcendent. This ispanentheism which is not theism (God out there) and not atheism (noGod anywhere).We experience that the Divine is in all things and all…Continue

Started by Aleta Shepler. Last reply by Matt Henry Oct 6, 2010.

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Comment by Eve Coberly on April 10, 2013 at 5:27am

Michael Dowd  (Evolutionary Christianity) and Connie Barlow  (UU & Evolutioanry Biologist) do an excellent job in helping kids see that they play an integral part in the universe story. I did the universe story beads lesson with my 7 & 10 year old and it was a great success! Visit http://www.thegreatstory.org/ for more info.

The youtube video on the "Big History Project" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqc9zX04DXs is also good for middle/high school kids and even adults to get a quick understanding of how we all fit into the unfolding story of the evolution of the Cosmos.

Comment by Aleta Shepler on December 30, 2010 at 2:09pm

Hi, Cheri!  Great to have you here.  Do you have a favorite story of worshiping with young children? 

My time with children has opened me to my yearning for contemplative practice.

Comment by cheri baker on November 14, 2010 at 10:37am
I am new here and can only say I teach Godly Play for 3 and 4 year old children and find it to be a great way to teach Bible Stories without stress.
Comment by Aleta Shepler on September 17, 2010 at 7:44pm
Opps! The third book by Jennifer is Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story
Just for the record: I love putting Earthlings inside of Earthlings! ;)
Comment by Aleta Shepler on September 17, 2010 at 7:03pm
Born With A Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story by Jennifer Morgan.
From Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth Story by Jennifer Morgan
She is adjunct staff at Genesis Farms which is very near to where I live. Last time I was there I ran into Larry Edwards! :)

My grandchildren love these books: Annika is 7 and in the second grade and Julian is 5 and starting kindergarten. My favorite part of the book is the summary of what we have learned with the Universe. Here is an example:
I learned:
that eveything starts as a dream
that when I'm in crisis I get creative
that enemies can become partners
that I love putting Earthlings inside of Earthlings
that Earthlings have to give and receive energy or they die
that I love morphing into new things
that differences, though little at first, can become enormous
that mutants propel my story
that big surprises can crash in and change everything
that one kind of life can "rule" and then perish
that my adventure depends on all of my parts living their own adventure
 

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