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Sign of the Times: Progressive Children’s Curriculum

February 16th, 2011
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Spiritual Lessons for Children —
New Curriculum Changes How We Think About God

The Center for Progressive Christianity and ProgressiveChristianity.org, continues to change the face of progressive Christianity with its groundbreaking children’s curriculum—A Joyful Path. Created for use in congregations, small groups, or individual families, it is ideal for those who are looking for spiritual affirmations for children freed from dogma and creed. The language is inclusive, inter-spiritual, and intelligent. Sensitively written and beautifully illustrated, this curriculum focuses on behavior before belief, creating and practicing a spiritual path, and knowing one’s true self. It celebrates children’s naturally joy-filled life, and draws upon their compassion and innate wisdom. Written with ages 6-10 in mind, the material can easily be simplified for younger children as young as three, or expanded for older children up to twelve by using the teacher material at the beginning of each lesson.
A Joyful Path has been described as a “breath of fresh air”, a “goldmine”, and “the best curriculum I’ve ever taught”. Teachers the world over have raved about how this curriculum encourages children to listen and respect all people, to think of the entire world as our family, to celebrate and care for our earth, and to see God within everyone. While it offers a way of life which centers around Jesus’ teachings, this curriculum respects the teachings of other wisdom paths and avoids the exclusivity often associated with religious studies.

It differs from traditional church curriculum in many ways. This curriculum avoids speaking at children, telling them what to believe or how to behave. Rather, it creates space for children to learn on their own. It is fun and interactive, full of activities, games, and ideas to use children’s own experiences to help them discover truth for themselves. While it uses the Bible as inspiration, it is not bible centered, nor does it refer to God as something outside of ourselves as a powerful deity with human like qualities. Based upon our most current understanding of the universe, and drawing upon a plethora of wisdom teachings, each lesson or affirmation encourages children to use their energy in positive ways and to see themselves as interconnected to all.

Parents, educators, churches, and communities can all benefit from curriculum that is spiritually progressive and relevant in today’s world. For more information, contact us at center@tcpc.org or go to www.ProgressiveChristianity.org to see for yourself.

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  1. Rob
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:36 | #1

    Is it April fools already?

  2. EGK
    February 16th, 2011 at 12:59 | #2

    My mother told me, If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

    So . . .

  3. James
    February 16th, 2011 at 13:22 | #3

    Progressive Christianity = Universalism

    Just wondering if the word “Christian” is being used as a deception to lure unsuspecting people to their cause. Their god is not my God.

    Given that people are stampeding out of overtly “progressive” church bodies such as the ELCA, how popular can this stuff be? But then again, I would consider Joel Osteen and his non-denominational church covertly Universalist. His church averages 43,500 in attendance per week. How many people even bother to lift up the hood and take a deep look at what their church believes. Don’t people really understand what is at stake?

    I fail to see any difference between the non-denominational churches and “progressive Christianity.”

  4. Rob
    February 16th, 2011 at 16:30 | #4

    @EGK Does that rule still apply if it means “exchanging the truth of God for a lie”?

  5. Rev. Allen Yount
    February 16th, 2011 at 16:47 | #6

    “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many” (Matthew 7:13 ESV).

    Rev. Allen Yount
    – Oratio, Meditato, Tentatio Faciunt Theologum –

  6. Jami
    February 16th, 2011 at 17:54 | #7

    “it is not Bible-centered”

    Kind of says it all, doesn’t it?

  7. February 16th, 2011 at 18:52 | #8

    Lumping all non-denominational churches in with Joel Osteen would be like lumping all Lutheran churches with herchurch.org. I’m not saying that as one who is especially fond of non-denominational churches, but I have been in many that clearly teach justification by grace alone through faith in Christ alone often and clearly.

    • February 16th, 2011 at 19:03 | #9

      They, in fact, do not teach that doctrine, properly.

  8. Rev. Allen Yount
    February 16th, 2011 at 18:54 | #10

    Should have put a note on that comment to read “way” as “path.”

    Rev. Allen YountYount

  9. February 16th, 2011 at 19:55 | #11

    Hmmm…. Sounds like a variation on the public school curriculum.

  10. February 16th, 2011 at 21:05 | #12

    Just what the heck is “inter-spiritual” language?

  11. February 16th, 2011 at 21:12 | #13

    You have to be kidding! Even as an ex-ELCA, and now NALC pastor, I hold your blog as a valued input to a Christ-centered ministry. Please… please reject this horrid, progressive garbage and teach the timeless tenets of the faith!

    • February 16th, 2011 at 22:07 | #14

      Did you read the title of the post “Sign of the Times”??

      : )

  12. Pablo
    February 16th, 2011 at 22:13 | #15

    I must wonder if this is in any way associated with the so called Christian dating service one sees on adverts? They claim being Christ centered but it is obviously a heterodox organization. This would be for the poor kids to grow into.

  13. James
    February 16th, 2011 at 22:56 | #16

    Kevin N :
    Lumping all non-denominational churches in with Joel Osteen would be like lumping all Lutheran churches with herchurch.org. I’m not saying that as one who is especially fond of non-denominational churches, but I have been in many that clearly teach justification by grace alone through faith in Christ alone often and clearly.

    I would not be so quick to defend any group that is hostile to the Lutheran church and its teachings.

    Apparently you have never had a next door neighbor or college “friend” of a non-denominational seeker church “witness” to you (yet). One of my neighbors is still angry that I refused to join his church.


    and more (mostly) non-denominational fun:


    and here, too:


  14. James Crouse
    February 17th, 2011 at 05:59 | #17

    Pr. McCain, as a regular reader of Cyberbrethren, I KNEW you were posting this so we could see first-hand what Satan is doing — but I also immediately feared that someone new to the site might be “scandalized” (my favorite Greek verb — to cause to stumble– and I do NOT remember many Greek words at all). I see that Pr. Beam thought you were seriously promoting this evil, even though most of us (regular readers) knew you were not. I humbly suggest a bit of a disclaimer on such posts in future.
    Jim Crouse
    Fort Wayne IN

    • February 17th, 2011 at 09:02 | #18

      Nah, some folks just missed the title of the blog post: “Sign of the Times.” The Internet makes it easy to react, and overeact, before thinking clearly.

  15. MJRoth
    February 18th, 2011 at 08:37 | #19

    Heaven help us!

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