Vol. 11, No. 2 June 2010
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Partners In Education
Faith Practices Workshops Are a Hit!
Many Partners In Education across the United be used. I even took along my Imaging the Word
Church of Christ are having good experiences coffee table books to show where some of the
introducing Faith Practices to local churches, artwork can be found.”
conferences, and associations. The Connecticut A UCC congregation, North Church in
Conference held a curriculum Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
event where Faith Practices spent quite a bit of time
was introduced, and offered discerning if Faith Practices is
two workshops which focused the right choice for them. Mary
on experiencing a faith practice. Ann Drapcho wrote to Ken
“We used the United Church of Ostermiller: “This is just
Christ’s new Language of God wonderful! I have been
video to help introduce what a teaching church school for
faith practice was. We watched thirty years and Faith Practices
the video twice—the first time works extremely well as a
to experience it, and the church school resource! Our
second time to look for the Parish Life Board and Church
different faith practices shown School went through a very
—how is the UCC practicing thorough study of available
faith?” curriculum materials before
Jeffrey Dick led two workshops in the choosing Faith Practices. We wanted a
Michigan Conference. One was based on Keeping curriculum resource that would engage students,
Sabbath, Seekers, and New Members. “We have meaning for their everyday lives, and be fun
sampled three different parts of the material and for the students and teachers. Faith Practices
talked about the different settings in which it could has a wealth of this and more. It is easily
adaptable for our congregation’s ‘Cross
Generational’ events and offers the opportunity
In This Issue Page After searching for ways to promote the Faith
Practices resources, the Partners in Education of
Faith Practices Update 1 the Western Reserve Association of the Ohio
Partners Egroup News 2 Conference are locating funds to provide grants
to at least two small churches to purchase a set
Faith Practices Promos 3, 4 of resources for one of the practices. “We will try
to identify some highly motivated churches that
Published quarterly by are being hampered only by the lack of funds to
Local Church Ministries purchase the resources on their own.”
A Covenanted Ministry Mary Sicher wrote to us: “I want to let you
United Church of Christ know how the Faith Practices introduction is
Worship & Education Ministry going in the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference.
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
Continued on page 4
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New Location for
Partners In Education Egroup
One of the best “perks” of being a Partner In have an email address to join the group at the
Education is the high quality of discussion on the new location. If you did not receive the invitation,
Partners In Education Egroup. We have moved or did not respond to it, you may ask to subscribe
the egroup to a new location at Google Groups. to the group by sending an email to
You can visit the group on the web to read the u c c - p a r t n e r s - i n - e d u c a t i o n
discussion on your computer by visiting: +email@example.com.
http://groups.google.com/group/ucc-partners-in- Google Groups gives you full control over
education. how you receive the information from the egroup.
Ken Ostermiller reports, “As the owner of the You can receive individual emails, a daily digest,
group, I was using my free Yahoo account to or read the notes at
provide the group through Yahoogroups. My the Google Groups
internet provider, Verizon, was using Yahoo to web site. To post a
manage email and I associated my free Yahoo note to the group,
account with my Verizon account. This was a send it to ucc-
mistake! Recently Verizon decided to stop using firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yahoo to manage email. I had made a number of Jeffrey will read notes before they are posted. If
adjustments to my email accounts, but it did not you are replying to a previous post, please do not
occur to me that I needed to do something about include quoted material in your reply. Usually the
our Partners In Education Egroup. So when my subject line is enough to identify the topic. Or you
Verizon email account was no longer being can copy and paste a short snippet from the note
serviced by Yahoo, Yahoo deleted all my to indicate the part of a note to which you are
Yahoogroup accounts, even those opened by my referring.
free Yahoo account.” Keep the discussion and questions coming.
The Partners In Education Egroup now is at Most of us who are a part of this egroup find the
Google Groups. Jeffrey Dick continues to information extremely helpful in our own
moderate the discussions there. Ken Ostermiller ministries, and it provides us with excellent
has invited all Partners In Education for whom we information to share with others in the church.
Educator Salary Guidelines Sought on Partners Egroup
Recently a query was posted on the Partners in Education Egroup regarding compensating
Christian educators. Partners shared web links where these guidelines may be found:
Association of United Church Educators
June 2010 Partners In Education 3
Hundreds and hundreds of activities
to spark meaningful conversations & practice your faith!
The laundry is piling up,
yet I’m supposed to keep Sabbath?
How do I reach out
to those outside my
Others know how to play and live joyfully.
Why not me?
How can I be a good steward of everything
God has given me?
2007. The United
ul decisions about resources
been.of us – two
At the event in February enclosed Minister for Wor-
handouts from that event areSid Fowler, with this newslet-
ter. ship, Liturgy, and Spiritual Formation of the Worship &
ent ten days with the writers Sid helped the group examine vocabulary such as
One of the things Education Ministry Team, United Church of Christ,2010 fa-
Partners In developing, catechesis,June
of the Spirit curriculum instructing, nurturing, Education
4 as counsel-
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ces talented writ- ing, forming, transforming. We were able to raise our
have given to lis- United “Naming What We Do...Doing What We Name.” The
nt-Easter 2007. The
handouts only we of event are enclosed experience in what
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from we engage
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care they have given to lis- game of charades offered the opportunity to be creative
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switched, itFinding beauty in unexpected engage in what
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and for the
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cant as I believe they are. downloads always available when you need them.
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and professional educators alike.
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m is being usedincluding worship.
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