In the wake of recent political tweet storms, I frequently hear the question, “What are we to tell our children?” This reminds me of a time when I was in second grade and some kids were really mean to me. My dad scooped me up in his arms and told me the way we deal with hurtful words is to look for ways to be good and kind. He assured me I was right to speak up because those words were harmful. He also said I shouldn’t respond by doing or saying something I knew was wrong, because that would hurt others, including me, and I was responsible for my words and actions.

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought of what is noble in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17

As an adult, I recognize there are times when people are willing to even lay down their lives to protect others and a way of life. But that is not what we are dealing with, is it? I am suggesting this teaching could be a way to respond to publicity about a “tweet.” For the full article and teaching tips continue reading!

About the Mentor Program

As the program year is ramping up, are you feeling overwhelmed as you make plans for your congregation?  The Christian Education Network of the ELCA is here to help.  We are happy to help with suggestions for quick questions.  We are happy to be a sounding board as you think through ideas.  We are also happy to walk alongside you for a longer period of time!

Here is a testimony about the Mentor Program:

"Rarely does something exceed my expectations as much as CENetwork's mentor program did these past months. Each goal I set and question I asked my mentor opened a world of answers and suggestions from her extensive and diverse experience. She was so patient and positive with me, I was inspired to read and learn many things outside of our sessions and follow up on her recommendations of literature and websites. The energized effects of my relationship with my mentor rippled out to Sunday School leaders, children, other staff members, my bible study group and even the pastor. I cannot recommend the program enough, especially for the way it helped grow confidence in my own work. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!" - Suzanne

From the Mentor's Point of View:

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A Facebook party!

We've started a series of Facebook parties in 2017 and you're invited!

Hosted by one of our board members, Emily O'Brion Dalen, our Facebook parties will be a great way to learn from each other and meet others in the Christian education community. All Facebook parties begin at 8:00 p.m. Central in our Facebook group. Check out the Facebook Group page to find out when the next party is!


Reformation 500!

Are you gathering your resources and making plans to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation?  The Christian Education Network of the ELCA is here to help!  We have added a tab with resources.  We will be adding to that page as we find more valuable resources!  One of the CENetwork Board members has shared her "Flat Marty".  Another board member shared some curriculum ideas and a power point with us.  A Middle School retreat focusing on the Martin Luther and the Small Catechism is also available!  Just log in and check it out!

Our Mission

Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation.

Our Vision

Building a community which equips, encourages, and empowers those engaged in lifelong faith formation in a changing world.

The CENetwork will:

  • Identify and evaluate resources and educational opportunities
  • Facilitate communication and conversation
  • Offer guidance, networking and mutual support
  • Nurture spiritual growth online and face to face

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