Formation for Christian Living in a New World
People of all ages today are asking the question “How shall we live now?” The pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways that we have only begun to name. We are searching anew for meaning and purpose – now in a post-pandemic world. What are the approaches, resources, people, and wisdom we need to address the “How shall we live now?” question? One approach is to focus on formation in Christian practices. We form people in the practices of the Christian way of life by drawing upon the wisdom of the Bible and Christian tradition, and connecting the practices to the “signs of the times” – the struggles, joys, needs, and hungers of people and communities today, and equipping people with the skills and ways to live the practice in their daily life. The webinar will present the vision and tools for designs for designing Christian practices formation programs. There will examples of curriculum approaches, program designs, and learning activities that parishes can use.
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4-Part Guide to Formation in Christian Practices
Forming Habits of Christian Practice
It wasn’t too long ago that children were socialized into the habits of faith by parents, grandparents, and extended family. The daily, weekly, and annual patterns (routines) of families nurtured habits of prayer, Bible reading, celebration, rituals, participation in community life, and much more. Small habits of prayer upon rising, before meals, and closing the day were built into the fabric of daily life. Living in a society that makes our lives much more complex has made sustaining the habits of faith much more difficult. The pandemic has disrupted every aspect of life and disconnected people from the benefit of the habits of faith which give their life meaning and purpose. If “habits are not born but created,” then how do we form people of all ages in Christian practices that become habits of daily Christian living, drawing them more deeply into a life with God in whom we “live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
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