Insights, Ideas and Thoughtful Questions
for Discussing with Students the Intersections of the Sacred & the Secular
A step-by-step guide to creative use of The Heartbeat of God: Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything in the classroom. Each lesson includes:
- An opening prayer to grab students’ attention
- Intriguing discussion questions to guide students in a personal exploration of the intersections of faith with the major issues of our day
- Opportunities for students to engage the text
This comprehensive teaching tool will help you guide each student to a deeper understanding of the secular issues of our day that have profoundly religious roots, and our responsibility to take action as individuals and communities of faith.
The Heartbeat of God: Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything
“Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, with her elegant, light touch, shows how an authentic Christianity demands a concern for, and an involvement with, thoroughly mundane issues such as ending poverty and hunger, providing health care, and dealing with climate change, gender equality, and crime. In her version of reality, everything is sacred except sin.”
—The Rt. Rev. Desmond Tutu
“By meditations on scripture and personal anecdotes, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori calls the Church to love our neighbor as ourselves and gives examples of how to do so.”
—John C. Danforth, Episcopal priest; former U.S. senator from Missouri; special envoy for peace in Sudan; U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
“A down-to-earth, heartfelt exposition of biblical truth for everyday life—from a remarkable, barrier-breaking woman.”
—Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, director of religion, Chautauqua Institution; author, Living into Hope: A Call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This
A popular speaker, retreat leader, and workshop presenter on the topics of spirituality, prayer, and teen faith formation, Jenifer Gamber has been involved in Christian formation since she began teaching Sunday school as a teenager. She is the author of two widely read books about religious formation: My Faith, My Life for teenagers and Your Faith, Your Life for adults. Her website, www.myfaithmylife.org, offers a wealth of resources for adults who work with youth. She is the vice president of the National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors, and has an active ministry leading confirmation and baptism preparation at her home church, the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.