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Rows of Sharon · 2W ago

The “Best” of Youth Confirmation in a Nutshell

As many of you know, I have spent a good deal of my ministry in a variety of settings researching, writing, and advocating for (or against) the rite of Confirmation. It has not that I have b...
Rows of Sharon · 3W ago

2017-2018 Planning Calendars

It’s that time of year when educators begin evaluating the past program year and start to plan for the next year, beginning in August or September 2017, depending on what part of the country...
Rows of Sharon · 1M ago

Nurturing Children to Live Generously

This article first appeared in “Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation” magazine which is published annually by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. The full magazine (chock-full...
Rows of Sharon · 1M ago

2017 Curriculum Overview Charts

Every spring I update the curriculum overview charts that I’ve been doing for about fifteen years now. Not a whole lot has changed in the below charts (for children or youth) but I have noti...
Rows of Sharon · 1M ago

Missing, But Still in Action

Well, it’s been some time since I’ve posted a reflection, sermon, review, or commentary here. Let’s just say I’ve been working on many projects, enjoying life, and piling up a stack of books...
Rows of Sharon · 3M ago

Creating Burning Bushes: Supporting Faith at Home

This was a presentation given at the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP) 2017 annual conference held recently in Washington, D.C.  How can congregational leadership bridge the ga...
Rows of Sharon · 5M ago

The Best Christmas Pageant Never (A New Christmas Pageant Script)

Originally posted on Where the Wind...: Performed at St. Mark’s in Mystic, CT on Sunday, December 18, 2016 In an homage to the preferred story-telling method of one of my writing heroes, Aar...
Rows of Sharon · 5M ago

Bearing God in Advent | The Christian Century

As we approach the birth of Christ, this article by Carol Howard Merritt really struck me. It reminded me of the experience of serving as a minister of communion 30+ years ago on Christmas E...
Rows of Sharon · 5M ago

Advent Traditions

This post first appeared as the weekly reflection for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wilton, Connecticut for the second week of Advent 2016. Advent to me has always meant preparation. As ...
Rows of Sharon · 6M ago

Reconnecting Children to Nature

On Sunday, November 13th, I led a workshop entitled “Reconnecting Children to Nature” as part of the Climate Stewardship Summit, sponsored by the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network of Connec...