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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Welcoming Afghan Refugees

Many of the refugees airlifted to the U.S. out of Afghanistan last month are currently housed at Fort Lee in Virginia, where I live. Some of them will be resettled in Richmond, my hometown, while others will travel to other cities and states. They will become our neighbors and the children will attend our children’s schools…

  • Strengthening Connections

    “I forgot my mask” yelled my daughter as she ran home from the bus stop, then back out again, mask in hand. Going…

    Gender and Sexual Diversity Inclusion

    My daughter returned from her third grade ‘Meet the Teacher’ with news she’d heard through friends: a boy in her…

  • Reflecting on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    During quarantine, my family watched all of the Marvel movies in chronological order.  It was one of the few series…

    Public Learning

    The common idea that spirituality is a private matter  creates a dilemma for organizations that partner with families…

  • Public Learning Reflective Process

    For teachers and program facilitators who want to be reflective practitioners, Mills College School of Education…

    Why Children Won’t Ask for Help

    “Go ask your teacher for help,” I told my daughter again. For a whole grading period, she had been struggling with…