Sacred Spaces

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By Mark Brink and Bill Boerman-Cornell As the start of the new school year marks a time of transition for all educators, it also marks a time of transition for the Christian Educators Journal. After six years of faithful service to the CEJ, Gary VanAaragon retired from his post as editor last spring. (The December […]

Sacred Space Pedagogy

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by Debra Paxton-Buursma and Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk Sacred Space Pedagogy is animated by a fundamental belief that God intended space to be sacred: sanctuary for the flourishing and delight of all living things. And yet, we live and teach in a broken world, experiencing the effects of injustice and suffering in our curriculum and classrooms. […]

Powerful Positioning: Texts, Actions, and Objects

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by Debra Paxton-Buursma with John Booy, Kathy DeJong, Mark Ponstine, Aubree Cantral, Jeanine Bakker,¬† Janoris√® Robinson, Becca Brasser, and Shanna Pargellis How do spaces create powerful learning possibilities or pitfalls? The Sacred Space Pedagogy project explores how the arrangement of texts and objects can empower or restrain purposeful engagement, exploration, reflection, and production in learning. […]

The Practice of Hospitality: From Cup to Community

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by Debra Paxton-Buursma with Becca Brasser, Shanna Pargellis, John Booy, Mark Ponstine, and Mark VanZanten The topic of hospitality and the Christian life floods books, blogs, conferences, and conversations. Scholars revisit biblical hosting of angels and Medieval pilgrimage inn practices, sip tea from east to west, and critique Martha Stewart in defining hospitality. Hospitality metaphors […]

Tensions and Transformations

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by Debra Paxton-Buursma with Becca Brasser, Shanna Pargellis, Mark Ponstine, and Gary Warners This final article explores tensions experienced living with one foot headed toward heaven and the other firmly stuck in earthly educational muck. By sharing professional tensions, we acknowledge our earthly location while simultaneously stepping into the sacred, holy space where Christ enters […]