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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How Nature Journals Increase Kids’ Well-Being

Last week, I saw a young child watching a bumble bee move from flower to flower on a large bush.

  • Exploring Self Image with What in the World is Wrong with Gisbert?

    With the 2024 Summer Games about to kick off in Paris, children and adults are hyper-aware of how athletes look and act.

    Kids, Eco-Anxiety & Gardens

    Heat domes that elevate temperatures to unsafe levels and spark wildfires. Fierce hurricanes and tropical storms that flood homes.

  • Exploring Personal Connections with Despicable Me 4

    My family went on vacation with friends a few years ago. It was fun but also complicated to figure out how to live together for a week.

    Exploring Community Change with The Artivist

    Recently, my children were discussing who might have made their clothes. We have talked about child labor in factories,

  • Affirming Neurodiversity

    I was recently invited to talk with a group of interns working in non-profit settings with kids. One noted that he had multiple children with diagnoses on the autism spectrum.

    Encouraging Future-Mindedness

    “I’m going to be a programmer when I grow up,” said my 10-year-old daughter. She had just checked out several books on computer languages from our local library.