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Committee on Disabilities

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Committee on Outdoor Ministries

Click here for the 2007 Staff Training Devotions

Click here for information on the 2011 Outdoor Ministry Curriculum

Click here for information on the 2010 Outdoor Ministry Curriculum

Click here for information on the 2009 Outdoor Ministry Curriculum

Click here for information on the 2008 Outdoor Ministry Curriculum

Click here for information on the 2007 Outdoor Ministry Curriculum

Click here for information on the 2006 Outdoor Ministry Curriculum

Click here for the 2006 Staff Training Devotions

Click here for the 2006 Outdoor Ministry Annual Report

Click here for the committee's 2005 annual report.

Click here for information on the 2005 Outdoor Ministry Curriculum

Click here for 2004 resources for leaders in Outdoor Ministries

Click here for information about the 2004 "Join the Party!" Outdoor Ministries resource

Click for Writer Information, New Earth: Christian Resources for the Outdoors

Click here to download the "Committee on Outdoor Ministries Theological Mission Statement" brochure

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Committee on Public Education and Literacy

Formerly known as the Basic Education and Literacy Working Group, the committee's major focus is now public education and the need for the churches to recover their history of support for public schools and the children and teachers in them. The committee seeks to reinforce the importance of the separation of church and state, both for the churches and the schools.  It works to strengthen support for public education in our faith communities and to encourage active, appropriate involvement in public schools by congregations.

RESOURCES

The Committee on Public Education and Literacy has created a new resource for this 2012 election year. Repairing the Breach: A Just Agenda for Public School Reform—Questions for Federal & State Candidates in this 2012 Election Year provides background on public education policy from the perspective of faith and justice and then on the second page, questions you may carry to candidates’ night or another occasion when you have an opportunity to talk with candidates for Congress, president, governor, or state legislature. Choose the one question you feel called to ask, or let different members of your group ask different questions. The first page provides study materials to help you prepare. Additionally, the resources below, including our short videos, will help you or your justice committee or women’s group or adult education class explore these concerns in more depth.  

Four short video conversations bring the voices of Dr. John Jackson and Dr. Diane Ravitch to explore serious concerns raised in the Pastoral Letter by the National Council of Churches Governing Board about today’s federal public education policy. The videos seek to stimulate conversation and action on the need for quality education for all children. 

A Pastoral Letter on Federal Policy in Public Education: An Ecumenical Call for Justice

Opportunity Gaps in Public Education Must be Closed

Opportunity to Learn in Public Education: An Alternative Vision  ̶  Bulletin insert

Questions to Consider About Charter Schools

Ten Moral Concerns" in the No Child Left Behind Act.  

 
We encourage you to download and use this 40-day study guide
, Journey to Opportunity, Journey to Learn: A Reflection on Public Education in God’s World Today, for personal devotion and/or as the basis for group study, in a faithful reflection group, an adult education class, a social action committee, a commission on Christian education, a women’s group, or an intergenerational church school class. 

 

 

 

► May 2008: The Committee on Public Education and Literacy provides a study guide for congregations to discuss Linda Perlstein's TESTED, a shocking new book that exposes problems with federal test-and-punish philosophy of education.


► The Committee on Public Education and Literacy Resources has released a new brochure on the teaching of evolution in science classes in public schools. Download it 
here.

A litany for education and schools

REPORTS

March 13, 2009, Conference frames agenda for Transforming No Child Left Behind 

Click here for the report of the March 9, 2007, 'Fixing No Child Left Behind'

MISSION

Formerly known as the Basic Education and Literacy Working Group, the committee's major focus is now public education and the need for the churches to recover their history of support for public schools and the children and teachers in them. The committee seeks to reinforce the importance of the separation of church and state, both for the churches and the schools.  It works to strengthen support for public education in our faith communities and to encourage active, appropriate involvement in public schools by congregations.

Affirming that each child is made in God's image, we believe that each child deserves the best education available.  This is achieved, we are convinced, through quality public schools. The Committee's primary focus is supporting quality public education.   At a time when public education is under attack from a variety of sources for a variety of reasons, our mission is to call the member communions of the National Council of Churches and our nation as well to remember first and foremost our children, all our children. 

We believe our children deserve the opportunity to explore and develop their God-given abilities.  Public education provides the best opportunity for most children.   While we recognize the role of private schools in the educational enterprise, we strongly believe the focus of our efforts needs to be placed on public schools.   People of faith can play an important role in support of public education and in the life of local schools.  We believe this role must be informed by the constitutional understanding of the separation of church and state, an understanding that protects the integrity of both our schools and our faith communities.

Guided by the Policy Statement "The Churches and the Public Schools at the close of the Twentieth Century", we work in a variety of capacities.

  • Sharing information: At our meetings representatives from denominations and other private and public entities gather to share information and strategies related to support of public education.
  • Collaborating with partners: We collaborate with partners from the church and government.  Currently we are collaborating with several agencies on a pilot project in Pennsylvania, "Quality Public Education for all our Children."   We hope this pilot project will provide a model for church-school partnership that can be used in other states.  The Committee has a close working relationship with the U.S. Dept. of Education and anticipates co-sponsoring a national conference for those who are working to establish faith community-public school partnerships.
  • Developing and sharing resources with member denominations: The Committee has produced annual "Honor education Sunday" resources.  We share these resources with member denominations.  One goal for the future is to learn what new resources can be developed to help congregations understand public education issues and work appropriately with neighborhood schools.
  • Encouraging Dialogue: An important role of this committee is to encourage conversation, dialogue and new strategies in support of public education within the NCC and our constituencies.  In 1999, we held two dialogues on the proposed NCC statement on public education.  At the NCC's 50th Anniversary General Assembly, we sponsored a day-long forum: Public Education at the Edge of a New Millennium.

► See the General Assembly resolution, The Churches and Public School, adopted November 5, 2003, in Jackson, Miss.

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