New York, NY—The General Theological Seminary in New York has launched a new program in the Spiritual Guidance of Children.
The program provides both academic learning and practical training for the spiritual guidance of children. Rooted in the scholarly environment of the Seminary, the program leverages the approaches to nurturing children’s spirituality developed by the Reverend Jerome W. Berryman, founder of Godly Play. Integral to the program are academic courses in scripture, liturgy, theology, and childhood and practicums conducted in learning spaces where children explore the Christian faith through story, wonder, prayer, and play.
The program is organized into a series of weeklong and weekend intensive courses that may be taken individually or as part of a full certificate program.
Jerome Berryman will teach a number of the courses as a Distinguished Visiting Professor during 2010-2011.
Courses for 2010-2011
The Spirituality of Children
Wednesday through Friday, November 10-12, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Children’s Spirituality in Worship
Friday & Saturday, November 13 & 14, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Practicum in the Spiritual Guidance of Children I
Monday through Friday, January 10-14, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Biblical Theology for the Spiritual Guidance of Children
Saturday & Sunday, January 15-16, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Children’s Spirituality in Literature & Film
Monday through Friday, March 7-11, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Playful Orthodoxy: A Theory for the Spiritual Guidance of Children
Friday through Sunday, April 8-10, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Practicum in the Spiritual Guidance of Children II
Monday through Friday, June 13-17, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parables: Inviting Wonder about God
Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.