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1 TRANSITIONING UCC FAITH FORMATION MINISTRIES NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION OF UNITED CHURCH EDUCATORS MAY 7-9, 2013 CRAIGVILLE CONFERENCE CENTER, CENTERVILLE, MA

2 FRAMING CHANGE A Simpler Way Margaret J. Wheatley & Myron Kellner- Rogers (1999)

3 1. Reporting on Christian Faith Formation and Education in the UCC Identify where there is energy, insight, and fruits List best practices Articulate a vision for the future Develop a strategy for futuring, including recommendations on: The development of resource material in the UCC The role and description of any national ministry staff position(s) 2. Implementing Recommendations THE TASK

4 THE TIMELINE July 2011 – August Collect research; write report and offer recommendations and vision September 2012 – December 2012 (www.ucc.org/education)www.ucc.org/education -Release report; engage in discussions regarding proposed recommendations and vision -Propose transitional steps (October 2012) January 2013 – June Implement transitions

5 THE RECOMMENDATIONS 1.The national setting of the UCC re-commit itself to proclaiming the ministry of Christian faith formation and education as vital to the life and mission of the church in this age, by considering its place in both current and future budgets and structures. 2.The national setting of the UCC share in the ministry of faith formation with all other settings across the life of the church, serving as a partner in content curation and relational networking, not necessarily as a content generator and trainer of specialists (which is already occurring in many other settings of the church).

6 THE RECOMMENDATIONS (CONT.) 3.The national setting of the UCC work to identify and lift up Centers of Excellence with regard to Christian faith formation and education, to serve as models for the whole denomination, congregations and settings in which best practices and strategies are being successfully implemented. 4.The national setting of the UCC partner with related centers, seminaries and theological schools, organizations, regional education/training programs, resource centers, and judicatory bodies to coordinate and/or promote online platforms that allow pastors, educators, youth workers, and other leaders to share best practices and resources, as well as coordinate and/or promote online capabilities for learning.

7 THE RECOMMENDATIONS (CONT.) 5.The national setting of the UCC coordinate communication and organization among national staff engaging in the development and administration of faith formational and educational resources, trainings, and programs of the various Covenanted Ministries, as well as other related ministries. 6.The national setting of the UCC develop resources for faith formation and education that are simple in format, yet contain theological depth, allowing individuals and groups to explore questions and grow in their faith. It is especially helpful if some of these resources promote intergenerational formation and engagement with other faiths in relation to the Christian faith.

8 THE GOALS -Increasing glocal relationships and network building -Accessibility -Flexibility and adaptability -Equipping others – sharing knowledge, practice, and resources (curators and architects)

9 1. The United Church Education Consultants program will come to a close at the end of COMPLETED 2. National resource and training support for the Conference- based Partners in Education (PIE) program will come to a close at the end of COMPLETED – transitioned to funding for local/regional resource and training support 4. The ministry of faith formation in the UCCs national setting will be shared among several individuals who will be part of a larger Faith Formation Table/Staff Team. IN PROCESS THE TRANSITIONS

10 5. A web-based network will be developed through which all educators and pastors can offer and receive information about resources and programs/trainings, share best practices and other information, and network with others engaging in faith formation ministries. IN PROCESS – will be completed by the new Faith Formation Ministry Team in 2013/ With regard to resource production, there are several projects that will be, or have already been, implemented. First, we have set a goal of completing production of Faith Practices, the UCCs all-encompassing congregational resource, by the end of COMPLETED! All 12 practices are now availablewww.faithpractices.org THE TRANSITIONS (CONT.)

11 Fourth, as a direct response to the recommendations in the faith formation report, Local Church Ministries has expanded its understanding of curricula to include small group resources, studies, books, DVDs, and other materials. COMPLETED/IN PROCESS – several new items have been added to the online store. Please check everything that is offered!www.uccresources.com Fifth, new congregational resources that unpack the report in more accessible ways will be developed. COMPLETEDwww.ucc.org/education 7. We hope to create an intentional partnership with AUCE to mutually support and uplift the ministry of faith formation in the United Church of Christ. IN PROCESS – conversations will continue with the new Faith Formation Ministry Team in Fall 2013 THE TRANSITIONS (CONT.)

12 8. One or two national faith formation events will take place in 2013 at identified churches centers of excellence to highlight resources and best practices cultivated in local or regional settings for the benefit of the wider church. COMPLETED! THE TRANSITIONS (CONT.)

13 Justice Faith Formation Resource for Families and Children The resource will include prayers, conversations, family rituals and other activities that invite families to reflect and learn together about faith and justice. It will be created with input from faith formation partners, justice partners and parents, and will include some content adapted from the Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing (Justice LED) and Faith Practices resources. Launch Event: Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Cleveland, OH Saturday, November 23, 2013 Faith formation professionals, parents and children, pastors, and other church leaders are invited to this day-long introduction! Contact: Rev. Kelly Burd Minister for Leadership Development, Justice and Witness Ministries THE TRANSITIONS (CONT.)

14 Toward A Vision of Faith Formation and Education in the UCC Continuing Testament The scriptures and histories of the Christian tradition, and of the United Church of Christ, possess continual wisdom and meaning for our collective life and faith. In each new age, the church must respond creatively to the spiritual and formational needs that it encounters among people. Extravagant Welcome Persons of all ages are nurtured by continual inquiry into Christian faith and experience, as well as by the general search for wisdom, justice, and beauty in creation. Faith formation and education in the UCC is informed and strengthened by the diversity of its members who offer different approaches, resources, and ways of being for the transformation and learning of all. Changing Lives God transforms us through formal and informal, expected and unexpected sources and encourages us to be open to all seekers and servers of truth, justice, and love. The formation and transformation of followers of Jesus Christ are processes through which lives are empowered to engage in service and mission in a global society, thereby sustaining discipleship and enriching life in all of its dimensions. FUTURES

15 Toward A Vision of Faith Formation and Education in the UCC (cont.) Specifically, visions of vital faith formation and education in this time and place may perhaps (but not definitively) look and feel something like this: All generations intentionally worshipping together, engaging in ritual and sacrament with joy and reverence; People sharing their stories with one another, discovering meaning together and connecting them with Gods stories; Individuals and groups practicing their faith through embracing spiritual practices or through intentionally integrating faith into everyday lived experiences; Generations engaging in acts of service and mission within communities and with purposeful reflection; FUTURES (CONT.)

16 Toward A Vision of Faith Formation and Education in the UCC (cont.) Faith experiences and learning taking place in a variety of customized formats and settings based on shared interests; Facilitators, practitioners, educators, and other leaders engaging in continuing learning and dialogue through a number of formats, both in person and virtually; A decrease in the need for experts and an increase in the need for co-nurturers within groups in which all possess equal wisdom; Individuals and groups utilizing resources based on ease of access, user-friendliness of content, and appeal to different styles of learning. FUTURES (CONT.)

17 EMERGENCE…

18 Contact: Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi Minister for Christian Faith Formation Research Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Team, Local Church Ministries ext


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