Good Book Club
In 2018 Forma, in partnership with Forward Movement's Good Book Club, is thrilled to offer a weekly Faith-at-Home for families and friends of all types.
Dear Formation Leaders and Families,
As you probably know by now, Episcopalians around the world will be reading the Gospel According to Luke during Lent and the Book of Acts during Eastertide in 2018. Here are Forma we wanted to make sure that our Formation leaders had a tool that they could share with families in their parishes and communities, or that families could find on their own; a tool that could help everyone dive a little deeper into The Good Book Club experience. Below, (and in the sidebar to the right) you will find links to the weekly reflections that we hope you will share digitally through weekly newsletters, church websites, or via Facebook or Twitter.
Additionally Forma Members will receive a weekly email containing the devotions for the week to follow, and a printable PDF that can be handed out to church members on Sunday's or used as bulletin inserts.(Join Forma)
Each link will include four separate reflections and prompts for families (however that is defined) and friend groups. Each section was written, by a unique contributor, with a specific pairing in mind--Adult to Small Child (written by Traci Smith,) Adult to Elementary Age Child (written by Wendy Barrie), Adult to Teen or Young Adult (written by Melissa Cooper), and Adult to Adult (written by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros), --so families of all types and sizes can dive deeper into the scriptures together. Additional, each week will feature one unifying question that reaches across all four reflections. Our hope is that through these deep dive experiences you and your parishioners will relate more closely to The Good Book Club and the books of Luke and Acts, discovering sacred connections between the scriptures and home life as they you travel through Lent and Eastertide.
- Peace and Grace,
Jerusalem Jackson Greer, Project Evangelist
Places and times to suggest families use these reflections:
At the dinner table
In the car on the way to school or work
During bedtime devotions or prayer
At a coffee shop with a friend
In a Sunday School class or other small group
During a picnic
At the park, or on the sidelines of a soccer game
Things to have handy:
A Bible or access to Biblegateway.com
Links to Reflections
Looking for the PDF versions of these devotionals? Join Forma and we will send them to you!
About our of Contributors
Traci Smith is pastor of Northwood Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX, and the author of Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home. She is mama to four littles and lives with them and her husband, Elias Cabarcas, in their bilingual/bicultural home in San Antonio, TX. You can connect with her at www.traci-smith.com.
Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros is a Tejana poet, freelance writer, and speaker. Her work focuses on faith and Latinidad and has appeared in On Being, SheLoves Magazine, Rock & Sling, and more. She has forthcoming work in Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity, Christianity Today, and more. She keeps a blog at cisneroscafe.org.
Rev. Melissa Cooper is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She is an Associate with Vibrant Faith, providing ministry coaching services in the area of intergenerational ministry, cross-generational communication, and camp and retreat ministry. Melissa also writes curriculum for children and youth. Melissa lives in central Florida with her husband, Will, and they are the parents to the cutest poodle you’ll ever meet. You can find her online at www.revmelissacooper.com.
Wendy Claire Barrie is a Christian educator who has served seven Episcopal parishes on both coasts since 1989. She is the author of Faith at Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents (Church Publishing 2016). She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, Phil Fox Rose, and her son, Peter, and works and worships at Trinity Church Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.
Faith-at-Home Project Developer, Author, and Formation Evangelist
Jerusalem Jackson Greer is a writer, minister, speaker and farm-gal novice. She lives with her husband and two teenage sons in rural Arkansas and is the author of At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises and A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together. As a family they are attempting to live a slower version of the modern life. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. She writes about all of this and more at www.jerusalemgreer.com.