Life in the Vine, The Joyful Journey Continues Level II Book Study
“Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.” John 1
The Life in the Vine, The Joyful Journey Continues Level II Book Study is a wonderful opportunity for catechists to gather in person or via Zoom, at the parish level, by region, or as a way to reconnect with fellow catechists from your time in a CGSUSA formation course.
We are grateful to Joann Terranova, Maria Muscado, Connie Moretti, and the catechists in the Sheepfold Regional Group in the state of WA for developing this process and sharing it with CGSUSA, and also to board member, Susan Stuhlsatz-Reese, who piloted a Zoom Book Study group this spring using this study. What you will find in this book study is an opportunity to read and share, to reflect on what resonated with you, and to ask questions and discuss the rich themes found in this text, alongside the child’s expression of those themes. For each chapter, samples of the child’s artwork will be shared, so that you may go deeper still to reflect upon the Mystery of the God and the Mystery of the Child.
Rebekah Rojcewicz joins us on the podcast to discuss her book Life in the Vine, The Joyful Journey Continues. She tells us about how this book came to be and what needs it will address. This episode may serve as an introduction for the Life in the Vine.
Episode 40 – Life in the Vine, The Joyful Journey Continues, Chapter One: Wisdom in Early Childhood, and ChapterTwo: The Spiral Method, with Rebekah Rojcewicz
Rebekah Rojcewicz joins us on the podcast to discuss the first chapter of her book Life in the Vine, The Joyful Journey Continues. Chapter 1 dives into the 0-6-year-old child, recalling who they are so that we can move towards to child in the second plane: 6-12-year-old child. Chapter 2 lifts up the spiral method and how the essential, vital nucleus is the central format for what we do with the children.
Podcast Episode: Life in the Vine, The Joyful Journey Continues, Chapter Three: The Child of Six to Twelve, with Anna Hurdle
Anna Hurdle join us today to dive into the mystery of the second plane child, the 6-12 year old. We break open who this child is, what face of God they need, and how we can respond to their developing capacities.
Podcast Episode 33: Life in the Vine, The Joyful Journey Continues, Chapter Seven: Moral Life in the Kingdom of God, with Rebekah Rojcewicz
Rebekah Rojcewicz joins us again on the podcast to dive into the rich topic of the Moral Life as we present it in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She lifts up the importance of our “doing” being in response to God’s love. She speaks about the need for falling in love and receiving the gifts from God as a necessary foundation to moral life. From this solid base, the older child (9-12) is able to respond to God’s gift by discovering how they can work for God’s kingdom. She lifts up how the children have guided us over and over again to the essential truth that enjoying the relationship comes before forming our moral life and participating in building the Kingdom of God.
Podcast Episode 55: Life in the Vine, The Joyful Journey Continues, Chapter 9: Cosmic Education, with Carolyn Kohlhaas
Carolyn joins us on the podcast to explore the depths of Maria Montessori’s philosophy of Cosmic Education and how this effects our work with the religious potential of children.
At this time we will not be doing all the chapters on the podcast because we would like this to be a springboard to help you get started on a book study with your friends.
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Companion to The Religious Potential of the Child 6–12 Years Old. In Life in the Vine, The Joyful Journey Continues, author Rebekah Rojcewicz documents the decades of work and the journeys that catechists and older children six to twelve years old have made with Jesus the True Vine. This book offers insight and clarity to the essential nature of six- to twelve-year-old children and the joy of living Life on the True Vine with them. For parents, catechists, and those who seek to take seriously Jesus’ challenge “to change and become like children” (Matthew 18:3), his book serves as an invitation to the same joyful journey.