Real Kids Real Faith is reimagining how children’s spirituality looks, sounds, and acts in this moment.

Our Vision

Growing up human today means facing big challenges and high expectations. So we’re rethinking how to help children respond creatively to whatever life brings their way.

Children’s spiritual lives don’t come prepackaged, but are stitched together by snuggles on the sofa, tears over a lost lovey, and gaming with friends next door. Their spirituality is also shaped by a parent’s job loss, learning challenges, and allergies that mean nobody else can have peanut butter.

The good, the bad, the really hard – it affects a child’s spirit. And we’ll address it all.

The ideas you’ll find here are research-based, motivated by a desire to see kids flourish in significant ways. This is important work, best done together. We’re glad you’ve joined us.

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Exploring People Are Wild with Children

“Do they bite?” asked Marcus* when we spotted a family of mule deer during a camping trip. Our group was excited and a little bit apprehensive as we observed the animals.

  • Using Room Decorations to Support Spiritual Learning

    The walls of my son’s pre-K classroom were covered with posters and children’s artwork. It was like walking into a massive collage!

    Addressing Empathy Deficits

    “Jamal is icky. He walks with a limp and talks funny.” “Suzanne is so stupid! She looks weird, too.” Such cringe-worthy statements can be upsetting when they come out of our children’s mouths.

  • Promoting Restorative Justice

    My son’s Montessori school had a ‘peace table’ where children could go to work out disagreements. On it were a few laminated cards with conversation prompts,

    Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Reading books about Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than an annual event when my children were young. We had several,

  • Spiritual Themes in The Door of No Return

    Lessons about slavery in the United States typically begin with life on a plantation in the American South.  This White-centric perspective further dehumanizes Africans by ignoring their homelands,

    Helping Kids Have a ‘Happy’ New Year

    “10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…Happy New Year!” My family celebrated the start of 2023 with sparkling apple juice toasts, hugs, and noisemakers. We welcome the new year and its new opportunities for living the good life that we all crave.