Adult Formation

Below are resources particularly for adults of all ages.


Practicing our Faith Resource Library

This library of sermons, curricula, articles, and other resources is based on the faith practices described in the book Practicing Our Faith by Dorothy Bass. You can search the library by practice (hospitality, keeping Sabbath, honoring the body, etc.) or by approach (sermon, interfaith work, curriculum by age, etc.).

 

Resources on Adult Formation from the Faith Formation Learning Exchange

 


Education for Ministry (EFM)
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year, small-group curriculum, with the goal of providing people with the education needed for ministry. The curriculum includes the Old and New Testament, Church History, and Theology. Leaders are trained in facilitation. The material is rich and many people and congregations in our diocese have found the program to deepen their faith and understanding of the church. For more information on EFM in our diocese, click here.

 

Ted Ed 
This website provides tools for creating interactive discussion materials based on Ted Talks, many of which have spiritual or topical themes. It can be used for in person groups, but it would also be an interesting way to host a discussion online. The user chooses a Ted Talk, and then adds quiz questions, reflection questions, or additional resources and materials that the student can access. You can also view other users’ adapted videos, and the website promotes certain videos that others have found useful. It could be used for independent study and for group collaboration, either in person or online.

 

 Older Adult Formation


Aging is Changing (5 section guide at the bottom of the page)
Developed by the Episcopal Church, this resource is, in the words of its authors, “aimed at changing the perception that older adults become less useful as they age.” It is based on the Five Marks of Mission, and provides discussion material for congregations as they consider the needs and the gifts of older generations.

 

Center for the Ministry of Teaching Resources on Aging 
More links to resources, from demographic trends to theological resources on aging.

 

 

Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
From a review: “In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward." In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness.”



 

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