Valparaiso Project on the education and formation of people in faith

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Start Date: 
Thu, 10/01/1992
End Date: 
Tue, 12/31/2002

The Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People of Faith is a multi-year project to strengthen the literature and quality of thinking about the Christian education and spiritual formation of church members. It attempts to explore the following questions: What does it mean to be educated and formed in Christian faith? How do religious people most effectively educate and form one another in faith? What organizations, networks, and programs are essential to carry out and sustain effective education and formation in Christian faith in our day? Since 1992, it has amassed a wealth of theological, historical and practical resources. One of the project's works in progress examines the dynamics of change and creativity in Christian education in the United States from 1940 to 1990. Another two- volume work in progress looks at the Christian and Jewish practice of educating and forming people in faith from ancient times to the present. A fourth volume, Practicing the Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People, edited by Dorothy Bas and published in 1997, describes 12 Christian practices that offer a way of life to people in search of hope. Another projected book will develop the implications of this way of thinking for a wide variety of religious and civic institutions. Dorothy Bass, director of the project, plans a brief book to bring together the key insights of the entire effort and a major public conference to broaden and further the conversation.