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Using the Tools of Psychology to Study Children’s Ministry

Using the Tools of Psychology to Study Children’s Ministry

While children do think differently about the world, they also offer an interesting case study about how we communicate love… when we kind of back up the developmental clock and look at kids, we see that love is just as much an embodied interaction in a relational space. Even when we cover it up and rationalize it in adulthood, that doesn’t go away. For this reason, there’s value in thinking about what formation looks like for our 10-year-olds. They cry for the same experiences our adult hearts crave.

Books

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

“Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home offers a rich theological resource for Catholics and Protestants alike. Considering topics such as consumerism, development, environmental degradation, and global warming, the Pope ties these to the Gospel as well as the social and ethical teachings of the church.

Saving Us: Learning to Talk about Climate Change

Saving Us: Learning to Talk about Climate Change

In 2021, Kathryn Hayhoe published Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. As her publisher summarizes, “Over the past fifteen years Hayhoe has found that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is talk about it—and she wants to teach you how.”

COVID-19 Resources

Making Progress Post-Pandemic

Making Progress Post-Pandemic

The past few years have been full of hardship. The trouble continues for many. As C.S. Lewis’s character said in the film Shadowlands, “Experience is the most brutal of teachers. But you learn. My God, you learn.” We have learned. Now we must be wise—both smart and faithful in applying all that this trouble has taught us. Let us not miss the opportunity post-pandemic for progress.

Shepherding to Herd Immunity

Shepherding to Herd Immunity

For pastors, this really is the moment for us to protect our flock from the thieves and wolves that would steal the very health of our congregation and our individual members. It’s our moment to take on the role as shepherds of our flocks.

Podcasts

Saving Us: Learning to Talk about Climate Change

Saving Us: Learning to Talk about Climate Change

In 2021, Kathryn Hayhoe published Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. As her publisher summarizes, “Over the past fifteen years Hayhoe has found that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is talk about it—and she wants to teach you how.”

Race & Science

Engaging Science with Marginalized Communities of Faith

Engaging Science with Marginalized Communities of Faith

We know that science engagement ranks low for marginalized communities of faith. However, we remain committed to helping all churches embrace science as a means for spiritual growth. As a result, SftC is committed to finding ways to foster science equity for BIPOC, engaging and leveraging diverse voices, and strengthening relationships with marginalized communities of faith.

Videos

Explorations: Short Answers to the Big Questions

Explorations: Short Answers to the Big Questions

In a series of short videos, many of which comprise interviews with leading scientists and philosophers, the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion poses a variety of questions such as “What is Life?”, “What is a Person?”, “Why is the Brain Divided?” and “Are We Naturally Religious?”

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

“Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home offers a rich theological resource for Catholics and Protestants alike. Considering topics such as consumerism, development, environmental degradation, and global warming, the Pope ties these to the Gospel as well as the social and ethical teachings of the church.

Websites

Green the Church: Creation Care in the Black Church

Green the Church: Creation Care in the Black Church

Established in 2010, Green the Church works at the intersection of environmental justice and the black church. They seek to amplify green theology, to promote sustainable practices for congregations and congregants, and to support and leverage the collective power of member churches for change.

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Six Steps to Engage Science in Church

Tested in nearly 100 Christian ministries, The Standard Model is a six-step guide to help churches engage science for the benefit of congregations.

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