A Joyful Path, Spiritual Curriculum for Young Hearts and Minds
Uniting Church Dayboro uses “A Joyful Path” for the children’s curriculum. It is a curriculum for children in today’s world. We use it to create Christian practice and teaching that builds in the children a greater concern for the way people treat each other than simply what, if, & how a person believes. The curriculum affirms the variety & depth of human experience. The Joyful Path is first and foremost about teaching and practicing Christian spirituality rather than any exclusive dogma. It seeks to create a foundation of fair, open, peaceful & loving treatment for all human beings. Its primary lesson is to help children discover and relate to the Divine in themselves and each other. Many of the lessons focus on ways that we can practice the same compassion with all as Jesus spoke and demonstrated so often. The Joyful path is just that, & not a mere retelling of the old Bible stories. In the words of Bishop John Shelby Spong “(it) does not equate faith with having a pre-modern mind”. The curriculum provides a Sunday space that you can invite the children of your unchurched friends & family without fear or embarrassment.
Now in our 3rd year of using this curriculum, we have been very pleased with the response of kids, parents, congregation and church council.
Some of the Authors and Teachers drawn upon in writing this curriculum:
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox
Bishop Jack Spong
38 lessons each year focus on:
- suggestions for personal and group reflection (the instructor, the students and the students in community with one another);
- resources to expand awareness to other cultures, religions and ways of knowing;
- practices to invite spiritual discovery, awareness and application;
- embodied activities for direct encounters and experience;
- brainstorms for further action and engagement with the community;
- rituals for celebrating the gifts Earth provides in each of the 4 seasons; and
- ceremonies to explore gratitude, engagement/being in the struggling, peace-making, and forgiveness
For more details and how to purchase: Go to A Joyful Path