This online Symposium focuses the latest research in the field of Children’s Spirituality. It includes a keynote address by Jerome Berryman (Founder of Godly Play), a panel with four respondents, and nine scholarly presentations.

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Jerome Berryman

The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman offers the Keynote, Playing in the Flow of God’s Creative Power: A Theology of Childhood.

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Lisa Kimball

Elisabeth M. Kimball, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and the James Maxwell Professor Chair of Lifelong Christian Formation at VTS, serves as host.

Elizabeth DeGaynor
Liz DeGaynor

Elizabeth DeGaynor, Th.D. Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Formation at VTS, serves as host and panel facilitator.

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Brother Luis

Br Luis Enrique Hernández Rivas CFC offers opening prayers. Follow his theology in the public square of TikTok @brotherluis.

Ebony Grisom
Ebony Grisom

Rev. Ebony Grisom, a Godly Play Missioner and member of the Godly Play Anti-Racism Task Force, serves as a panelist.

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Matthew Kozlowski

The Rev. Matthew Kozlowski, Ph.D., Associate Rector at All Saints Church, Bethesda, MD, serves as a panelist.

Sarah Bentley Allred
Sarah Bentley Allred

Sarah Bentley Allred, M.Div., Editor of Building Faith, serves as a panelist.

Lakisha Lockhart
Lakisha Lockhart

Rev. Lakisha Lockhart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary, serves as a panelist.

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Laura Alary

What is This Story Doing to Me? Biblical Storytelling for a Global Generation

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Tanya Marie Eustace Campen

Holy Work with Families: Dancing Together

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Amy Chapman

Nurturing Children’s Innate Spirituality Through K-12 Education

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Dave Csinos

All, Some, None: A Multilayered Interpretation of Children’s Theological Meaning-Making

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Catherine Maresca

Children, Signs, and Spiritual Literacy: An Interfaith Experience

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Alfred Kah Meng Pang

Prophetic Wonder with Children in the Call to Teach: A Lasallian Inspiration

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Anthony Peterson

Listening with Children: A Spirituality of Race

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Karen-Marie Yust

Let the Little Children Theologize: Moral Development, Critical Thinking, and Preschool Faith

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Henry Zonio

Made in His Image: Constructing Gender in Children’s Sunday School