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For those looking for a more expansive Sunday School curriculum, the Inner Wisdom Series of
Progressive Christianity might be just the thing.
Described on the website as "a way to connect
children with an authentic spiritual experience that is inter-spiritual, creative, and multi-layered," A Joyful Path Children's Curriculum "helps children learn how to follow the path of Jesus in today's world."
Wholeheartedly endorsed by John Shelby Spong, this two-year (and counting) curriculum is designed for children who are six to ten years old. However, it can easily be adapted for those somewhat younger or older.
Each year contains a set of 38 experiential lessons that can be taught within the home or classroom. These lessons include a mix of Bible verses, wisdom quotations, spiritual affirmations, artwork, reflections or meditations, music, and discussion questions. Topics within the Year One series include the following: Prayer, Nature, Kindness, God Within All, Energy, Letting Go and Feelings.
Year Two's lessons delve more deeply into the Teachings of Jesus, Peace and Social Justice, the Integrity of the Earth and Inclusion. They follow the same experiential format as Year One's did.
There has thus far been much positive feedback regarding this curriculum. The Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church writes: Yes, we have enjoyed using the curriculum with its God Centeredness and Wisdom Images! It matches our worship and lived theology as community! A mother writes: My oldest son, Jacob, used to be very fearful, worried about the future and all the 'what ifs' in his nine-year-old world… But the Joyful Path lesson on 'Letting Go and Living in the Moment' became instrumental!
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