A Hands On Faith

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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?

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