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The Liturgy of Small Talk – Jon Jordan

“Where are you going to study next year? Do you have a job lined up yet? What do you want to be when you grow up?” These questions, asked by countless pastors, teachers, youth leaders, and other adults, have plagued graduating seniors since there have been graduating seniors. It is not the mere repetition of […]

Educational Splendor: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

C.S. Lewis believed that at the heart of our current moral and spiritual crisis there was the loss of objective values. Truth, Goodness, and Beauty are today a matter of mere subjective preference. This workshop will explore the historic nature of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, how the objective values have been lost in modern secular […]

Why a School without Scholé (Leisure) is No School at All

Our word “school” comes from the Greek word scholé which means leisure, refreshing conversation and activity–or restful learning. Ironically modern, American education is virtually anything but restful and so in a profound sense many American schools have ceased to be schools at all. In this seminar, we will trace the tradition of scholé and explore […]

Incorporating Liturgies in the Classroom

We all love the subjects we teach, but what ultimately calls us into the classroom each morning is the hope that we are changing lives and impacting eternal souls. Though we don’t often write “soul impact” time into our lesson plans, we know that cultivating affections (what a person loves and wants) can transform an […]

Re-forming the Formers: Self-Examination for Teachers

In Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom, I argued that we are all “liturgical animals”- -we are shaped by rituals and practices that form our identities because they aim our loves. This includes “secular liturgies” that we might mistakenly think are just “neutral” Christian practices. Building on that picture, this workshop will help teachers […]

Making the Most of Poetry Out Loud

Reap the many benefits of participation in the national Poetry Out Loud contest with events and practices at your school that not only prepare your students to compete effectively, but to help your students to begin a lifetime of loving and understanding poetry. With real-life demonstrations and anecdotes, our team of presenters will introduce you […]

Poetry Liturgy

This session employs poetry, music, and visual art to enter into the reality of a liturgical event. Covenant Christian Academy has used it throughout the school year to gather as an upper school to enter into the reality of Epiphany, Good Friday, and other events in the life of the historic church. It isn’t simply […]