Welcome the first Spirit Play blog! This blog represents a new commitment to sharing resources, keeping people up to date about opportunities for training and learning, and encouraging all of our efforts to go deeper into Spirit Play.
I begin with gratitude. Spirit Play went through a number of changes last fall. Debbie Atkins launched the online training on the revised website. She also did a great job with creating the new logo. Now Spirit Play is more geographically accessible and has more options for training. Debbie also manages the website and the online training throughout the year. Thank you, Debbie!
The greatest change of the year is in leadership. After being the Director and one of the creators of Spirit Play for 18 years, Dr. Nita Penfold retired last September. She handed off this powerful method in the hope that it would continue through all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Nita!
As of Nita’s retirement, I moved into the role of Director. Spirit Play largely is a labor of love for me in three ways.
- First, I am working on how to make Spirit Play a sustainable entity for the future. I am researching non-profit and entrepreneurial ministry options.
- Second, Spirit Play is part of my spiritual practice. I completed the basic training in Godly Play last fall. I look forward to becoming more familiar with the Montessori method. I fully expect to learn from all of you as we talk about how to create strong communities of children in our congregations.
- Third, Spirit Play is part of my service to Unitarian Universalism. My professional ministry right now is as an interim co-minister with my spouse, the Rev. Patrick Price. We share one full time position at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, IL. Though I am not managing a children and youth program at this time, much of my background is in religious education ministry. I first heard about this method while serving as an assistant minister in 2004. In my experience, Spirit Play is one of the best ways to offer the sacred stories we want our children to know while giving them the freedom to explore in a safe environment.
In the coming months, you will see more from Debbie and me as we expand Spirit Play’s presence and make it easier to find other leaders and to share resources. Please ask questions and offer feedback. Thank you for being part of Spirit Play.