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Faith Formation

Christian Formation

Yes, O Lord, you are our God; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. -Isaiah 64:8

The term Faith Formation is new to our congregation. Below is an explanation found on the United Church of Christ website. It is a more holistic approach to Christian Education in the life of the church.

Faith Formation is at the heart of what the Christian life is all about. In many ways we engage in the practices of our daily lives and the rituals of our faith communities - through worship, mission, working for justice and peace, evangelism, and education - so that our faith may be nurtured, enlivened sustained, and formed. In this regard, the imagery offered by the prophet Isaiah of Potter God forming humanity, God's created own, is an appropriate vision for how we might view the ministry of faith formation.

In the United Church of Christ, we can understand faith formation to be "an engaged process of learning and action integrated throughout all aspects of congregational and daily life." This definition highlights the initiative and action we must take in our own faith formation. In essence, we become clay so that we are formed and transformed by the Holy and by one another. But throughout all of our doing and being, we are reminded that God's "hands" are continually present in our efforts to gain both "head" knowledge found in education and learning and "heart" wisdom discovered through prayer, ritual and practice.

So, it is indeed most fitting to say that faith formation is at the heart of what our living and being is all about; but without the hands that guide what we are continually becoming, the process is incomplete. For additional tools and insight connect to the United Church of Christ Faith Formation and Christian Education pages at this link.

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