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Summer Solstice Special Price on A Joyful Path      June 21- July 31, 2011

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We are delighted to announce that will be offering our Progressive Christian Spiritual Children's Curriculum, A Joyful Path, Year One, at a special price for a short time this summer!


Starting on June 21st, Summer Solstice, we will be offering 20% off on all A Joyful Path packages. That means you can save up to $120 depending on the package you purchase.


Click here between June 21st and July 31st

to take advantage of this amazing savings! 




If you aren't interested in a children's curriculum at this time, you can still support this much needed resource by:  


Donate NowDonating now to our A Joyful Path,Year Two project. Right now we have a great matching grant offer- every donation is matched, up to $25,000! That means your donation is doubled!  Just click on the blue box to donate and your donation goes twice as far! 




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What Is the Inner Wisdom Series?

If you haven't heard about our progressive Christian spiritual children's curriculum project- The Inner Wisdom Series- let me tell you a little about it.

A few years ago, we at were trying to figure out how best we could support the progressive Christian global community. After surveys, interviews, and research, the same message kept coming back to us- what is missing is truly progressive Christian children's curriculum.  So, we created The Inner Wisdom Series curriculum project and began!

The first curriculum that we set out to create was A Joyful Path, Year One, for ages 6-10, which is now available and is being used in over 300 homes, communities, and small groups. 

In A Joyful Path, there are 38 inspiring lessons that are based on the energy within, the body, the feeling, the heart nature, the will, and the intellect. 
It is truly progressive curriculum that speaks to the heart as well as the intellect and seeks to remind us of our god nature.  It is inclusive, interspiritual, pluralistic, intelligent, scientifically sound, and joy-filled. In A Joyful Path, we celebrate the wisdom within each child, god within all, nature, music, art, story telling, imagination, compassion, and an awe filled life.  A Joyful Path focuses on behavior over beliefs, is free of dogma, creed, and fear based tactics. It follows the teachings of Jesus as well as celebrates other wisdom teachings. Each lesson includes quotes, bible verses, an introduction for the teacher, a spiritual affirmation, an original story, and fun activities. Plus- it is loaded with tips on how to bring Nature and Music into each lesson.

Read this endorsement as well as others, including Bishop John Shelby Spong and author James R. Adams by clicking here:
A Joyful Path- Progressive Christian Children's Curriculum
A Joyful Path- Progressive Christian Children's Curriculum

"I enjoy the curriculum especially because it is scripturally based and uses the spiritual essence of scripture not the literal which is easy for young minds and hearts to comprehend. I am especially impressed with how it teaches children deep respect for all faiths and all of God's creations including our precious mother earth. It is also easily adapted to all types of learning styles and a variety of age ranges and can easily be facilitated by teachers with a lot of or very little classroom experience." Rev. Lauri Gist, Senior Minister, Unity of Citrus County

Now that we have completed A Joyful Path, Year One, we are on to A Joyful Path, Year Two! After that is completed in the Spring of 2013, we aim to create curriculum for ages 11-15, A Joyful Path, Year Three, as well as a younger curriculum for ages 2-5.
What Will A Joyful Path, Year Two, Be Like?


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Next up in our Inner Wisdom Series is A Joyful Path, Year Two, which we have already begun creating.


In Year Two, we plan to focus on some of the main tenets of Progressive Christianity and Spirituality, giving our children the foundation they need to understand the basics of this path, to clarify their own personal beliefs and be able to discuss those with others, while at the same time showing what it means to walk the path of Jesus in today's world.


Year Two will be similar to Year One, in that it will have 38 unique lessons, full color original artwork, a contemplative and introductory section for the teacher in each lesson, 38 original short stories, incredible heart warming, feeling based activities, and tips to bring music and nature into each lesson.


Year Two will have be slightly different from Year One, in that we are going to focus on 9-10 main topics that will be broken down into sections.  The topics we are currently considering (these may change) are:  


Wisdom Traditions from around the world, Inclusion, History of the Bible, Seasons, Our Stuff, Energy and the Universe, Heroes and Villains, and Nature.  


We will keep you posted on all developments and changes for this project. We currently have our writers, artist, and creative team ready to begin! Year Two will be available for purchase in Spring 2013! 


If you are currently using A Joyful Path, Year One, in your home or class, please send us your feedback to: as this will help us as we move forward into the next curriculum. 


Information About the Matching Grant


A Note from our President, Fred Plumer

Last month, I received a phone call from a dear friend of mine who has been a longtime supporter of the work that we do here at  He and his wife and children had been sitting around the living room pouring over A Joyful Path and together they decided that this children's curriculum was so fresh and profoundly influential that more of it Must be created!   


So he gave TCPC an incredible gift of support and gave us All a challenge!

If we can raise $25,000, it will be matched- dollar for dollar!  This would give us what we need to complete Year Two! WOW! 

This means that a $30 gift suddenly become $60, or $100 turns into $200!  It's been a long time since you've seen your money stretch so far, hasn't it!  Click here to take advantage of this great opportunity.Donate Now 


Your gift - Doubled!  No matter the amount, big or small.   


We have felt for a long time that this Children's curriculum is a central piece of what we are about - our Magnum Opus, if you will.  For if we cannot express our values as progressive Christians for the next generation in a way that makes sense in their 21st century experience, then all we have done 'till now is for nothing.

One of my daughter's friends uses A Joyful Path - Year One with the children in her intentional community in Tacoma, Washington.  I talked with her the other day and she just bubbled over with enthusiasm for how this curriculum is changing the life of one of her three children. 


"My oldest son, Jacob, used to be very fearful, worried about the future and all the "what ifs" in his nine-year-old world.  We struggled with how to help him grow in this area.  But the Joyful Path lesson on "Letting Go and Living in the Moment" became instrumental!   Something about the story of Frederick and the Gift of Solomon just clicked for him - The idea that he "only has this moment and the choice of how to use it" has completely changed our son!  He recognizes he can choose!  He can control the way he responds to the things that happen in his life.  Jacob's confidence is growing and his ability to see past his own circumstances almost surpasses my own!  I feel like the curriculum gives us a language for what we are trying to instill within our children.  Thank you, thank you, Thank you!!"


This curriculum is changing lives!  Come partner with us in creating another year of this vital, spiritual legacy so children such as Jacob are equipped to meet the challenges of the world they will inherit from us.  


And right now, anything you donate will go twice as far!


Thank you for your support.



Fred Plumer, President 


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