Keeping the Faith from Cradle to Grave
Presenter: The Very Rev. Sylvia Sweeney
In the 1970s Christian educator John Westerhoff wrote Will Our Children Have Faith? a description of the developmental journey of coming to faith. That book sought to answer the question of what the church needed to do to make it possible to pass on the Christian faith to the next generation. Unfortunately, that book has largely gone unheeded.
Forty years later, when the majority of Americans are not active participants in a faith community and many have become disenchanted with the church, this question takes on deeper poignancy.
This workshop offers a 21st-century adaptation of Westerhoff’s assertions that can help us all imagine how we can create communities that actively nurture our faith, that of our children, and that of our grandchildren from cradle to grave.
The Very Rev. Sylvia Sweeney is dean of Bloy House (Episcopal Theological School at Claremont) and author of many books and articles on liturgy, preaching, and Christian education.