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Spirituality and Children – New Definition, New Understandings
September 24, 2021
My mission is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
-Maya Angelou
Lois Ingellis begins an article called “Seeking a New Definition of Spirituality” this way:

“I have always had an interest in the spirituality of children, and so when ExchangeEveryDay echoed this call from Amelia Richardson Dress—‘We need a new definition of spirit and spirituality that is separate from religion and religious education’—I contacted a few of my colleagues and asked them to join me in this inquiry.”

Her conversation with Carol Garboden Murray, Vonetta Rhodes and Frances Rofrano resulted in an article that became the foundation of a new Exchange ReflectionsThe thoughtful colleagues pondered what spirituality really means, and how early care and education practitioners can support it. The Reflections invites individuals or groups of people to ponder such questions as whether spirituality is “rooted in relationship;” if providing nurturing care for children might help nurture their spiritual development; and if time in nature and time in silence might allow children the chance to connect with a “deeper awareness,”…“the goodness and empathy we have always observed in our babies and young children.”
 




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Tiffany Peckham · September 29, 2021
Dimensions
Lincoln, NE, United States


Liz, thank you for your thoughts on this topic.

-Tiffany at Exchange

Liz Dowdy · September 25, 2021
Evangel Child Care
ROANOKE, Virginia, United States


The spiritual side of the child (or adult) cannot be separated from religion. Religion, and more specifically God, is the basis of and entire reason for the spiritual dimension of a person and for spirituality.in general.



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