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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More Gratitude, Please

My mother firmly believed that children should write thank you notes for any gifts we received. If we didn’t get them done within a week,

  • Children’s Understandings of Death

    Death is a part of life. Even if some children do not experience it directly with a pet or family member,

    Talking with Kids about the Chiefs Parade Shooting

    Nearly a million people were celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs and their Super Bowl win when shots rang out,

  • Valentine Spirituality

    Every year, my kids’ school does a Valentine fundraiser. Parents and grandparents can purchase pink and red carnations to be delivered to children during the day.

    The Science of Gratitude

    “Tank you” said my daughter’s two year old friend as I passed out cookies to everyone in our neighborhood playgroup.

  • Living Black History Projects

    It’s Black History Month once again in the U.S., when teachers and group leaders plan lessons celebrating African American figures and exploring the dynamics of race and racism in America.

    Guided Meditation: Housing Insecurity

    Before the pandemic, churches in my city would take turns providing overnight accommodations for persons without regular housing. My family would help serve dinner and hang out with the kids playing games.