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Spiritual Direction with Children
with
Lacy Finn Borgo
Part One - Meaning and Method

Spiritual Direction with Children: Meaning and Method is designed to form adults into listening companions for children. Through readings and experiences, adults will learn about and practice spiritual direction with children as a formational practice that supports a child’s life with God and is an essential component for children’s Christian spiritual formation. 

 

As a result of this course, students will:

  • Learn the four elements of children’s spiritual formation: God’s self, the child’s life, the incarnational life of Jesus and intentional practices.

  • Grow in their skills and posture to be a listening presence for children.

  • Explore and reflect upon the student’s own childhood experiences of God in the presence of a trained spiritual director.

  • Engage in intentional child-like spiritual practices that are natural to children. Introduction and instruction for these practices will be delivered via video segment and text. *Be sure your instructor has your cell phone number for texting.

  • Describe, practice and implement the distinctive elements in the practice of spiritual direction with children. 

 

Online Class Meeting Dates: Fridays, 7/5,  7/12,  7/19,  7/26,  8/2,  8/9,  8/23, 5-6:30pm Pacific Time (6-7:30pm Mountain Time). (no zoom meeting on 8/16)

 

Course Engagement: 

  • Personal Weekly Reflective Reading Log

  • Meet with your own spiritual director

  • Spiritual Direction with Children Praxis: Contemplative Listening and Spiritual Direction practice

 

Required Texts: 

  • Delval, Marie-Helene Images of God: For Young Children. Grand Rapids, MI:  Eerdmans, 2010. (children’s picture book)

  •  Delval, Marine-Helene Psalms: For Young Children. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003. (children’s picture book)

  • Doerrfeld, Cori The Rabbit Listened. New York, NY: Dial Books For Young Readers, 2018. (children’s picture book)

  • Hart, Tobin The Secret Spiritual World of Children. Novato, California: New World Library, 2003. 

  • Hyde, Brendan Children and Spirituality: Searching for Meaning and Connectedness. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008. 

  • Jelenek, Frank X. Journey to the Heart: Centering Prayer for Children. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2008. (children’s picture book)

  • Linn, Dennis, Shelia Fabricant Linn and Matthew Linn. What Is My Song? Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2005. (children’s picture book)

  •  Linn, Dennis, Shelia Fabricant Linn and Matthew Linn. Making Heart-Bread. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2006. (children’s picture book)

  •  Meehan, Bridget and Regina Madonna Oliver. Heart Talks with Mother God.  Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1995. (children’s picture book)

  • MacBeth, Sybil. Praying in Color: Kids Edition. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2009. (children’s book)

  • Nye, Rebecca. Children’s Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters. London: Church House Publishing, 2009.

  • Stairs, Jean. Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction, Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2000. (We will only read chapter 6 for this class.)

 

Suggested Texts: 

  • Cavalletti, Sofia. The Religious Potential of the Child: Experiencing Scripture and Liturgy with Young Children. 2nd English ed. Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publication, 1992.

  • Cloyd, Betty Shannon. Children and Prayer: A Shared Pilgrimage. Nashville, TN: Upper Room, 1997.

  • Hackenberg, Rachel G. Writing to God: Kid’s Edition. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2012. (children’s book)

  • Hay, David and Rebecca Nye. The Spirit of the Child. Revised ed. London: Kingsley Publishers, 2006.

  • Ladwig, Tim. The Lord’s Prayer. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2000.  (children’s picture book)

  • Ortberg, John with Scott Rubin. The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You, Teen Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.

  • Stonehouse, Catherine, and Scottie May. Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey: Guidance for Those Who Teach and Nurture. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.  

  • Tolbert, La Verne. Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today’s Children: A Holistic Approach. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014. 

  • Williams, Margery. The Velveteen Rabbit. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1991. (children’s picture book).

Part Two - Farther Up and Further In

 

Spiritual Direction with Children: Farther Up, Further In is designed to continue forming adults into listening companions for children. Through readings and experiences, adults will learn about and practice spiritual direction with children as a formational practice that supports a child’s life with God and is an essential component for children’s Christian spiritual formation.

Online Class Meeting Dates: Fridays, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, & 11/8  5-6:30pm Pacific Time (6-7:30pm Mountain Time)