Hi! I'm hoping you guys can help me find some good material to work with here.
My ds has expressed a desire to learn about God and Jesus (and has made the proclamation that Jesus *is* God). We've always modeled our own spirituality, while allowing our children to define their own relationship with God as they see fit - or if they want to have one. I come from a Catholic background, but as an adult, I haven't been to church in over a decade, and I have an earth-based/Buddhist/loose-Christian approach to spirituality. By loose Christian, I mean I haven't found a community that fits me yet; I really don't like the dogma I run into in a lot of places, and I don't believe that Jesus is/was God any more than you and I are (which isn't to say he and we aren't). This doesn't fly real well in a lot of the churches and Christian communities I've visited.
Regardless, this is what my son is interested in, and I want to support him. I am planning on taking him and his sister, who is also now interested, to several local churches over the next few months, and following their lead. We're starting with a non-traditional "modern" Christian non-denominational church this week, a UU church next week, and a Peace Mennonite church is on the list as well. But I want to take responsibility for what they're learning. We talk a lot and ask a lot of questions in our family, and spirituality is a prime space for those conversations to happen. I don't want to leave it up to just the churches to answer those questions - I feel like that's asking for trouble.
But I'm a little stuck ... I have resources on lots of different belief systems, but not so much on Christianity - perhaps because I grew up in a Christian environment and assumed I didn't really need anything for the kids, because I had it all already, lol. I want to know if there are any really, really good materials out there (web-based or otherwise) for teaching children about Christianity and/or Jesus, without all the dogma and the "sinners go to hell" stuff.
Actually, if anyone has any books along those lines of *any* belief system that they really want to plug, I'm always adding to my collection, so share those, too!
TIA for your tips and suggestions!