Perhaps you have heard of Hands On Learning, the educational model that focuses on experiential-type activities for learning rather than on listening or reading to find out new knowledge.
We can have Hands On Religious Education. Yes, part of that is actually Doing: doing social justice actions with kids, doing earth stewardship actions with kids, or doing church ritual with kids. But there is also the transformative hands on action of joining hands – forming community.
In Christianity After Religion, Diana Butler Bass says:
“Relationships lead to craft, which leads to experiential belief. That is the path to becoming and being someone different. The path of transformation.”
Relationships —> Craft (behavior, doing) —–> experiential belief ——–> Transformation
What relationships are we giving the children, youth, and adults who come to our congregations?