The author "starts with the premise that ongoing Christian education must be central to a life of faith, and then proceeds from the corollary that baptism must be central to all Christian education. Eight group sessions focus repeatedly on water, first as a natural element necessary to life, then as a symbolic element necessary to spirituality. Gradually, through the use of prayer, song, scripture, silence, poetry, visual arts, storytelling, group discussion, and personal reflection, the focus is refined further, and water -- as baptismal element -- gains ascendancy in the lives of participants. .... These sessions will be used in some parishes for the preparation of catechumens, but `Living Water' is intended for use by all Christians -- those who are many years into their journeys as well as those who are beginning. Designed for small groups of adult Episcopalians, the program is easily adaptable to other denominations, to one-on-one spiritual mentoring, to children, young adult, or intergenerational groups, and even to individuals for private meditation". -- back cover.
Contents: Permissions -- Dedication -- Acknowledgements -- Foreword / A. Theodore Eastman -- Prologue -- Introduction -- Session One: Remember your baptism, and be thankful ! -- Session Two: Do you believe ? -- Session Three: Will you continue in the Apostles' teaching ? -- Session Four: Will you persevere in resisting evil ? -- Session Five: Will you proclaim the Good News ? -- Session Six: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons ? -- Session Seven: Will you strive for justice and peace ? -- Session Eight: Living Water -- Epilogue -- Appendices -- Art Credits.
Contents of Appendices: Using Books as a Resource -- Using Music as a Resource -- Using Art as a Resource -- Using Films as a Resource -- Praying the Baptismal Covenant -- Session Materials -- Session Planning Sheet.
Author is an Episcopalian and Christian educator with the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.