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Fall 2010 Episcopal Teacher

Fall 2010 Episcopal Teacher

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Partnership Enhances Work/Study Mission Trip
Page 6 Advent FestivalPage 8 Stations of the Nativity Page 12 Finding the Essentials
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Episcopal Teacher · Fall 2010
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sl TeeEdtsLs KnbllDty S. Lntum
We are entering a new era for
Episcopal Teacher
. Subscribers now can receivea full-color publication in the mail or by email. When we asked your deliverypreference, about half signed up for email distribution—some expressing regret but wanting to be good stewards, practicing what they preached.The rst issue of
Episcopal Teacher
was published in November 1986 as a month-ly newspaper tabloid with 16 pages. The rst editor, the Rev. Locke Bowman,was also the rst director for the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at VirginiaSeminary. The subscription cost was $10 a year.Our subscribers asked us to consider a dierent format that would be easier to store and refer-ence. In 1999 Episcopal Teacher underwent a major face li. It became a 16-page magazine-stylepublication that was issued four times a year at no cost to subscribers.The seminary picked up the cost to continue its strong support of Christian education in theEpiscopal Church. The coeditors of the revised publication were Amy Gearey Dyer and GeorgeKroupa, familiar names to our long-time readers for their thoughtful contributions over the years.Current editors are Lisa Kimball and Dorothy Linthicum.As I leafed through past issues recently, the words of the wise Teacher in the Book of Ecclesiastescame to mind:What has been is what will be,and what has been done iswhat will be done;there is nothing new under the sun. (Eccl. 1:9)In photos hair styles, fabrics and skirt lengths have changed over the years, but the smiles andeagerness of children vary lile. Seasonal ideas dier slightly with cultural shis and new tech-nology, but the gospel message presented through Christian formation is consistent throughout.Though Episcopal Teacher may have a new style and look, it will continue to include the contentyou have come to expect. We will write about topics facing educators in the church and supportissues such as the Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation. We will share ideas from educatorsthroughout the country about seasonal and other formation activities—in this issue alone wehave writers from South Carolina, Oklahoma (by way of Alabama), Massachuses, Iowa, Penn-sylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia. We will review new publications and curricula that mightimpact your ministries.Several new features have been added, including a list of Christian formation conferences andworkshops and suggested resources from the Key Hall Resource Room.We encourage you to share
Episcopal Teacher
with people in your congregations, especially thoseserving as teachers, mentors and leaders of Christian formation groups. The publication is stillfree, and you have a choice of delivery: mail or email. (See p. 15 for subscription information.)If you have ideas to share, please contact us. The quality of the content relies heavily on the con-tributions so many of you have made through the years. While there may not be anything newunder the sun, there will always be new directors, superintendents and teachers looking for cre-ative ways to tell others the Good News.
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EVENTS
Around the Country
For more information about theseevents and others, go to:vts.edu/cmt/events
Otobr 10-13, 2010
Generous in Every Way: Growing a Fully Formed Faith
Western Christian Educators’ConferenceZephyr Point, Lake Tahoe, NVwesternceconf.org/
Otobr 22-25, 2010
 Holy Spirit, Wild and Free
Christian Educators’ FellowshipBiennial ConferenceLouisville, KYcefumc.org/displayconvention.cfm
Fbruary 3-5, 2011
Equipping the Saints for the Workof Ministry
Naeced Tapestry ConferenceCharloe, NCnaeced.org/conferenceoverviewThis is a new feature in
EpiscopalTeacher.
To post information aboutan event that is open to participantsthroughout the country on the CMTwebpage or in
Episcopal Teacher
 ,contact cmt@vts.edu.
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abel. Albert.
Las Posadas: A Christmas Musical for Children from the Mexican Tradition
. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2007.Las Posados introduces a creative and diverse way to celebrate theChristmas story in song and drama.
Youth
 
rooks, Bryan.
 Mission: Christmas—Youth Programs &Ideas for Advent
. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.Five programs for Sunday school, youth groups, orBible study, with service projects, plans for parties,and worship ideas.
Itrratioal
ohansson, Lois J.
Hands And Hearts : Intergenerational ActivitiesThroughout the Church Year
. Harrisburg: Morehouse, 2006.Easy-to-follow instruction for activities based on the liturgical year tohelp congregations experience faith-based learning together.
Adult
human, Thom M. (Iona Community).
The Jesse Tree: Daily Readings for Advent
. Glasgow: Wild Goose, 2005.Introduces lile-known biblical characters who are “branches” on the Jesse tree.
For a omplt lit of rour, o to: vt.du/mt/rour.
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is the newsleer of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching locatedon the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. It is printed fourtimes a year. For information: 703-461-1885 Member of Associated Church Press. ISSN 0895-0830
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: Mission group at Pamunkey Reservation in King William, Virginia;see p. 4 for story. Illustrations on pages 7 and 12 are copyrighted by CommunicationsResources, Inc. and are used with permission. Photo of beads on page 9 by Maea.

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