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VTS resource center to continue ‘Building Faith’

2/14/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Kyle Oliver
Tel: 703-461-1885
Email: koliver@vts.edu

Alexandria, Va. – The Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) at Virginia Theological Seminary has acquired Building Faith, a popular resource blog created by Sharon Ely Pearson of Church Publishing, Inc. The Christian formation site has nearly 350,000 page views since Pearson’s first post on July 13, 2010, and is one of the most popular among educators and other faith formation leaders in the Episcopal Church and beyond.

When we read that Sharon’s workload would not allow her to continue writing and editing Building Faith, we knew we wanted to help carry its mission forward,” said Dr. Lisa Kimball, VTS professor of Christian Formation and director of the CMT.

“So many people depend on this trusted source for inspiration and resources, including us.”

The blog will be edited by the Rev. Matthew Kozlowski, CMT associate for Faith and Media (pictured), and Ms. Charlotte Greeson, a longtime Christian educator and recent CMT collaborator. The blog will feature new content every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as a Sunday evening feature in which Christian formation practitioners reflect briefly on their Sunday morning experience.

“Curating and generating resources for Christian formation has always been part of our mission [in the CMT],” Kozlowski wrote Monday, “and we were therefore excited to take on this new role.”

Readers of Building Faith seem particularly grateful at the continued availability of the site’s Resource Room, a repository of curriculum advice, must-read volumes, and links to other important tools and resources. In the days following Pearson’s announcement about the possible discontinuation of the site, “What will happen to the Resource Room?” was among the most frequently asked questions.

Some of the frequent contributors to Building Faith will continue writing for the site. Wednesday’s post, “Inquiring Minds Want to Know: A Recipe for Confirmation,” came from well-known author and Building Faith regular Jenifer Gamber.

The CMT will also continue to publish Key Resources, a blog that reviews many types of faith formation media, profiles innovative ministry from around the Church, and reports on current research and initiatives of the center. Readers can subscribe to both blogs via email (here and here) or feed reader (here and here). Both Building Faith and the CMT are also active on Facebook and Twitter.

Those wishing to contribute to Building Faith or otherwise support this ministry may contact Matthew Kozlowski at mkozlowski@vts.edu.

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Founded in 1984, the Center for the Ministry of Teaching promotes research and development to improve teaching and faith development practices in the Episcopal Church. The CMT serves faith formation leaders, clergy, teachers, and other leaders through a ministry of convening, resource curation, consultation, and training. They publish reviews, commentary, profiles, and tutorials every weekday at www.keyhallonline.org.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 40 different dioceses and nine different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.