A Toolkit for Spiritual Growth

I think the best teaching is simple and elegant, and Fr. Evan Armatas never disappoints. I’ve enjoyed his talks at our Metropolis’ Camp Emmanuel and his commentary on his live call-in show, Orthodoxy Live (which is essentially a grown-up version of every camper’s beloved Stump the Priest.) Fr. Evan has just released a new book, Toolkit for Spiritual Growth, and I think it would be great for a book study! Because the…

Tips for Teaching Online

Are you teaching Sunday School classes online, perhaps over Zoom or another video conferencing software? Many of us are embarking on Zoom classes for the first time, so here are some thoughts to help you get started. Take a deep breath, and remember that our goals have not changed. The material has not changed. The students are the same, and you’re the same. The difference is this mode of communication, which has…

Parenting: A Struggle Toward Salvation

I received a really lovely email from a podcast listener who recently heard a Raising Saints episode from March of 2017, and noted how helpful it was during this strange pandemic period. So many children who usually attend school are home all the time, and so many people who used to go into an office are working from home. It’s a lot of family togetherness! In many ways it’s a blessing, but…

Meditation on Transplants: How a Christian Navigates Medicine

I received a note from a podcast listener, who heard me mention in passing on Everyday Orthodox, that my daughter received a liver transplant in 2010. I was talking about the strange moment when we received the phone call, hearing that they had an eleventh hour liver for the very sick little baby lying in a hospital bed in front of me. That moment held so much joy and relief, and so…

Planning for Fall in the Days of Coronavirus

Disclaimer: I don’t have the answers. I have the questions, perhaps, but I’m still working on answers. 2020. This year has been like no other. And like all of the other Sunday School Directors out there, my attention has moved from figuring out Virtual Vacation Church Camp to planning for the Fall 2020 Sunday School Semester, which promises to REALLY be like no other. For me, Sunday School planning is usually about…

Releasing EARLY — Rooted in Prayer: Virtual Vacation Church Camp!

We finished! We have made so many videos, written so many lessons and questions and games and songs… and now we’re finished. I am very excited about this Virtual Vacation Church Camp! Check out the tending-the-garden.com site for more information, and watch the Ancient Faith Store for the early release sometime this week. For a sneak peek of the music CeCe Yentzen wrote for camp’s Music Classes, take a look at her…