Monthly Archives: February 2010

“Kids get it”

I recommend to you the blog of Sister Michelle, an old friend and Lutheran deaconness in Minneapolis.  Sr. Michelle practices theology in the context of early childhood education.  Her most recent post is about enacting the theology of Lent, Transfiguration (Lutherans do the Transfiguration right before Lent, who knew?) and death with preschool aged children.

Sr. Michelle’s knowledge and practice of early childhood theology is second to none that I know.  And her thesis– that from infancy children are equipped to engage in Christian liturgy and praxis– is summed up well here:

Kids get it…that’s what I’ve learned this year.  When we take time to include them in our faith practices, they get it.  When we give them the tools to hear the Story and act it out, they get it.  There’s so much in liturgical worship that they can respond to and interact with.  They get it.

Preach it, Sister.


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Mission Sunday Letter

The following letter was written to a parish Church School for Mission Sunday:

To my friends in the Church School of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church,

Kristo amefufuka!  Christ is risen!

I know it’s a little early to say this, but it is what I will hear when I arrive in Tanzania just after Pascha this year.  I will respond by saying, “Kweli amefufuka!”  Truly, He is risen!

This language– Kiswahili– is what you would speak every day if you were growing up in Tanzania.  It is what I heard and spoke when I was growing up in East Africa as well.

Life in Africa is a little different from life in Cincinnati. Continue reading

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February 2010 Update

Dear friends,

Utukufu kwa Yesu Kristo! Glory to Jesus Christ!

And greetings from St. Augustine, FL. I am here at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center for the next several weeks until heading overseas. Continue reading

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