Changing the World,
One Child at a Time...
Progressive Christian Children's Curriculum
Are you one of those special people who want to help change
the way our children view the world? Are you someone who wants to help our
children understand that we are one in our goodliness not our sinfulness? Are
you one of 500 people who would like to help us give our children hope in
TCPC is looking for a
few special caring, thoughtful, and courageous people to help us create a new
Progressive Christian Sunday School Curriculum for our children.
Over the last year, TCPC has been going through a rigorous
and soul-searching process to determine what our purpose is, what our goals are
for the future and literally if TCPC should continue to exist. (click here for the link to the Complete Strategic Plan)
During this process, not only was there a loud and
resounding chorus of YES! TCPC is important in the scheme of progressive
Christian movement, but when asked the question "what more we should be doing,"
many of our affiliates challenged us to
create a new children's curriculum for their respective churches.
As a result TCPC is now planning to create a three year
curriculum designed to provide the tools and the knowledge to teach our children that there is another way
to approach our Christian faith. We plan to design a curriculum that will
help them be proud of their faith and to give them a path the will lead to a
more compassionate, loving and joyful life as followers of the Jesus way. (see description of planned curriculum)
We have writers and staff ready to go. What is it going to take to do this??
YOU! We have raised nearly $20,000 but we still
have a gap of about $25,000 to get this project up and running. We are asking 500 people to contribute $50 This
money will be earmarked solely for the creation of new curriculum for the
Progressive Christian Church.
Be brave! Be powerful!
Be part of the Movement!
Do you want to talk personally to the president? Call Fred at:
P.S. If you are able to contribute $500 or more,
you will be included in a list of contributors, AND, your church or
organization will be given a one-year curriculum at no cost, AND, most
importantly, you will have greatly effected a positive and hopeful change for
our world, our faith and our children.
Click Here to Donate Now...Thank You!
Changing the World,
One Child at a Time
By: TCPC President, Fred Plumer
This undertaking has been a journey of faith for me. So many positive
things have already happened because of it, that it has occurred to me
that the curriculum project may be one of the most important things
TCPC has ever taken on. It may be one of the most important things I
will have done in my life. What an incredible opportunity it will be to
find a way to teach children how to lead more joyful and compassionate
lives. What an amazing prospect to teach children about Jesus as the
loving enlightened teacher, about the path that he has given us that
might help them experience "heaven on earth." And what an awesome thing it
is to ponder the possibility that we will no longer have to "unteach"
our children what we once taught them before.
Read Article HERE
|Calm and Compassionate Children- A Handbook
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Using her expertise and experience as an educator, yoga and
meditation practitioner, and 30 years of working with children, Dermond brought
so many new and profound tools to the table that I at once felt compelled to
adopt within my own life. While giving
practical steps on how to integrate her theories into daily life, with each
section Dermond gently reminds readers of the most direct and meaningful way to
build on inherent qualities that children have-like openheartedness and trust-
by starting with ourselves.
This is a book that I will send to each parent I
know, that I will re-read on a regular basis, and that I can highly recommend
to anyone who has children or works with children, or who simply wants a little
help awakening the child in them.
Description of the Curriculum
Deeds Not Creeds
The intent is to provide a three year curriculum that is age
appropriate and easy for the teachers (often volunteers) to use. The curriculum
will be designed to nurture healthy and rewarding relationships in our children
and to help them discover the Divine nature in themselves and in others based
on the teachings of Jesus and other great wisdom teachers. Departing from the emphasis on creedal beliefs
in traditional Christian children's curriculum, these materials will teach and
encourage children to live and experience Christian values. They will be designed to promote a social awareness from
which can spring healthy community behaviors and happier children.
The material will be divided into four age
sensitive groups ranging from 3 to
14 years old. Each lesson will begin with readings from Christian Scripture,
and the texts of other world religions when appropriate, with age-level
considerations. The lesson will include a short story and provide ways for the
child to practice a specific teaching. Some of the topics covered will be: Kindness, Love, Introspection, Forgiveness, Happiness, Gratitude,
Judging Others, Listening, Devotion, Peace
of Mind, Celebration, Change, Sharing, Serving Others, and Patience.
Read Full Description
TCPC Strategic Plan 2008
Progressive Christianity is a very different Christianity
than most people are familiar with. It is centered in the life and teachings of
Jesus. The tenets of the progressive Christian theology evolve with the newest
findings in biblical, historical and scientific scholarship. The doctrine and
dogma of traditional Christianity that cannot withstand intellectual integrity
and informed scholarship are generally recast in their symbolic meaning rather
than as theological truth. "How we behave toward others" is the fullest expression of progressive Christian beliefs, which heightens
the importance of social and environmental justice."
READ the Summary
|Thank you for your time and interest. At TCPC we aim to build the progressive Christian movement through education, evangelism, and action. We appreciate any support you can give to help us with this goal. We believe it is time for the world to recognize a different Christianity that is open, inclusive, and compassionate and we feel that there is no better place to start than with ourselves and our children. Thank you again for your support.
and the Team at The Center For Progressive Christianity