Update from the Archbishops and Something for the Kids

March 30, 2014
Scott Gunn

Before we bring you this week's update from everyone's favorite deceased archbishops, we'd like to alert you to some excellent resources for children (or children at heart). Yes, one could view this as a shameless advertisment from Forward Movement, the sponsors of Lent Madness. Or one could choose to view this as a helpful advertisement from your friends who bring you the most beloved devotional publication in the universe. It's all in the eye of the beholder.

Spy on Noah's ArkAssuming you decided you liked this sort of thing, we wanted to tell you about a couple of resources for children. What? You didn't know Forward Movement made stuff for kids? That's the point! For example, check out The Spy on Noah's Ark, by the Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman with illustrations by Paul Shaffer, in which unusual characters share their view of famous Bible stories.

Bible stories take on new life with this collection of eyewitness accounts from surprise sources: a dove, a lion, a stallion, and more. Using the ancient and imaginative art of storytelling, this book will delight children of all ages and begs to be read aloud. Adults will also enjoy these stories, and can use them to enrich personal and group Bible study. Discussion questions for children and adults are included at the end of each story, making it the perfect book for a church "On the Same Page" reading group or other intergenerational program.

If that's not your cup of tea, we offer books that are straight-out fun, with education build in. Two popular titles are Can You Find Jesus? and Can You Find Saints? When Christmas gets a bit closer, we offer a collection of contemporary presentations of traditional Christmas hymns. Don't forget beautifully told stories for Christmas and Michaelmas, Star of Wonder and Season of Angels.

Last, but not least, one of the things we've heard regularly is that families want tools to talk about faith at home. To that end, we created Daily Devo. It's a simple, daily email message that contains a very brief reflection on the assigned scripture readings, a video that's related, some action to take, and a simple prayer. It's all intended to offer a starting point for conversation at the dinner table or bedtime or whatever. You can see a sample and learn a bit more online.

Now that the ads are over, we bring you the archbishops.

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20 comments on “Update from the Archbishops and Something for the Kids”

  1. Gentlemen....lay down the law from here to breakfast, I will continue to shamelessly advocate for Fred Rogers! I know I am being a pain in the butt, but I know that there are a lot of LM'ers who want the same thing and will continue to nominate him. Kowabunga!!!

    1. Madeleine,

      Then we encourage you to lobby the committee to include him on the Calendar of Saints as we recommended. The earliest he could be seen is Lent Madness 2016.

      ++John and ++Thomas

    1. Ok, Madeleine, I would suggest creating an online petition (see https://www.google.com/search?q=online+petition+maker&oq=online+petition&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.5478j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8 ) and then promote it (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, press release to your local NPR station, notice board at your local Episcopal parish, et cetera . . . . Then once you have an impressive amount of signatures, print it out, or at least send a letter with the link to the petition & the number of signatures you have off to:
      The Standing Commission on Liturgy & Music
      The Episcopal Church
      815 Second Avenue
      New York City, New York 10017

      I'd also suggest sending a copy to:
      The Rev. Scott Gunn
      Forward Movement
      412 Sycamore Street
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

  2. Not even Archbishops can derail the insistence on including Fred Rogers in the Round of 32. Apparently you guys have never met anybody with a one-track mind like dear Madeleine. I still contend Eddie Murphy from the old SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE parody-MR. ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD would be a novelty..."He-wo, boys and guls !" Ha ! Ha !

  3. Thanks Aleathia, I do tend to be persistent. You make an excellent point about Eddie Murphy, he always cracked me up as Mr. Robinson(landlord banging on the door, "ROBINSON I KNOW YOU IN THERE YOUR RENTS DUE SUCKA")!!

  4. Hi Harlie, Madeleine here. Actually, "kowabunga" isn't latin, it's a corrupted version of the Hawaiian "kupaianaha" which means great, wonderful, groovy, any positive synonym you wish to employ!
    Peace out,

  5. Your Bishopships--I was asked recently "What (or who) is a saint? and how do they get on the calendar? I tried to explain but I think you could do it better. Historically, it must be more than simply nice people doing nice things! Can you explain?

  6. Hi Bishops,
    Thanks for posting next week's slugfest, um match-ups! I wrote it all down and know for whom I will be voting. In the absence of guess who. It's been a beautiful day in the neighborhood......sunny and warm. Won't you be my neighbor ..............? 🙂

  7. Dear Your Bishopnesses, I was informed today during the 8:00 announcements that our Priest Associate is not playing Lent Madness. Can you recommend ways in which to encourage other clergy to join in?

  8. Hi Jan, there's a really good book titled "Saints Preserve us! Everything you'll want to know about every saint you'll ever need." It's informative as well as a darn funny read!

  9. Friday---No disrespect intended, but on Friday, Deaf Power will rise up! (crossing fingers 🙂

  10. Well, Madeleine, you have shocked me right outta my gourd! Who woulda thunk it? You actually watched SNL and Eddie Murphy's parody !!!! I figured I'd blasphemed Mr. R. and that you were going to consign me to the lower rungs of Hades for my disrespect to your favorite wanna be LentMadness candidate for Round 32 sometime in the near future before senility sets in for some of us...OK...pour moi !

  11. So the SEC was holding out on us. Can You Find Saints has been available all along and we didn't know? Afraid the children would start voting or the child in all of us?

  12. Hi Aleathia, sorry if I shook you up ! Hey, I do have a sense of humor and Eddie Murphy has always had the ability to have me rolling on the floor, holding my sides, gotta-change-my-pants laughing! Besides, FR would want me to be exactly who and what I am. But you knew that.
    Peace out, Madeleine 🙂

  13. How about Steve Allen, founding host of the Tonight Show, jazz pianist extroadinaire, comedian, actor, constant songwriter, and gentle soul? He would get my vote!

  14. Hmmm, Steve Allen is a good choice, but I'm throwing in with Lassie. Belovéd by generations young and old, Lassie was a savior to many. Tres magnifique!