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Spirituality and the Arts in Children's Programming

Dr. Nita Penfold

Children have the same existential questions that adults do. They wonder about everything from how their baby sister got here to that feeling they get when they watch a sunset or when a pet dies. They want to know how everything works, and why things happen. Religious education needs to give them the tools to make meaning in their lives at their own level at any age. It needs to help children explore the whole rather than indoctrinate them into a single way of believing. Religious exploration needs to show children how to find out who they are and the gifts they possess that can be carried out into the world. The arts can help them with this process.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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