- Theological Education
About this affiliate
Explores 12 time-honored Christian practices and shows how they give depth and meaning to daily life.
The Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith
Valparaiso, IN 46383-4557
Dorothy C. Bass
Director of the Valparaiso Project
Practicing Our Faith
This website is sponsored by the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith. The mission of the Valparaiso Project is to develop resources that speak to the spiritual hunger of our contemporaries with the substantive wisdom of the Christian faith, especially as this wisdom takes shape in Christian practices.
The Project accomplishes its mission by conducting seminars, commissioning books, developing interactive resources for adults and youth, and by supporting innovative strategies to strengthen participation in Christian practices in a variety of life settings.
The Valparaiso Project launched PracticingOurFaith.org as a way to extend the invitation offered in the 1997 book, Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People, available in an updated edition with new chapters and study materials included. Both the book and website explore 12 time-honored practices shaped by the Christian community over the centuries, yet richly relevant to contemporary experience. These Christian practices are shared activities that address fundamental human needs and that, when woven together, form a way of life that is faithful and has integrity.
Another website from the same project:
Way to Live
This website is a companion to the book Way to Live. Both the book and the website challenge teens to explore 18 practices that shape their lives with God and others. On waytolive.org teenaged characters speak in ways other teens recognize. Real-life issues emerge. Hard questions get asked. Teens who meet these characters and learn about their life issues will be inspired to think about their own lives as well.
The scenes in waytolive.org are take-off points for challenging conversations. The actors are members of a public high school drama club, and some of their own life stories shape the characters they portray.
We encourage adults to talk with teens about this way to live and to accompany them in taking the challenge of Christian living. The free downloadable Way to Live Leader's Guide features discussion questions, activities, prayers, songs, and other resources for exploring each practice.
The book Way to Live (2002), edited by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter, was written by 18 adults and 18 teen authors from around the United States. Every chapter in this book uses down-to-earth words and images to explore the Christian faith. Chapter titles include: Life, The Story, Bodies, Stuff, Food, Creation, Creativity, Work, Play, Time, Truth, Choices, Friends, Welcome, Forgiveness, Justice, Grieving, Music, Prayer, and Practice.