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Church to produce new Sunday school curriculum, logo and writers selected


September 20, 2004
Mennonite Publishing Network Release


Gather ’Round: Hearing and Sharing God’s Good News logo.

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Scottdale, Pa. and Waterloo, Ont. (Mennonite Publishing Network) — Creators of the forthcoming Sunday school curriculum, Gather ’Round: Hearing and Sharing God’s Good News, have announced a logo and a team of writers for the first curriculum year.

Those selecting the logo appreciated the bold, clear rendering of the title words along with the warmth and energy of the circular, hand-in-hand figures, said Anna Speicher, project director. “We wanted to convey the invitational tone of the curriculum in a style attractive to both children and adults.”

Writers for the first curriculum year are Carol Duerksen, Susan Fuentes, Sarah Pinnell, Frank Ramirez, Rebecca Seiling, Dianna Ullery, and Tim Wiebe-Neufeld. These individuals are writers, pastors, and educators. Four are Mennonites; three are Brethren. They hail from Kansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Alberta, and Ontario.

“We are pleased with the high caliber of the writers. The sample sessions are creative and reflect solid Anabaptist theology and strong pedagogy,” said Eleanor Snyder, a member of the curriculum steering committee.

Additionally, Bible background pieces will be written by Old and New Testament scholars Robert W. Neff, Alexandria, Pa., and Michael McKeever, Elgin, Ill.

The curriculum writers attended a writers’ conference at Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, Ind., Sept. 19-23, where they were oriented to the project, worshipped together on the first quarter Bible theme, “Creation and First Families,” and began writing sessions in a collaborative setting. A unique Internet tool will allow them to continue the collaboration by posting their sessions for each other to read and respond to during the rest of the writing process.

Gather ’Round: Hearing and Sharing God’s Good News is a curriculum project of Mennonite Publishing Network, which represents Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, and Brethren Press, publishing house for the Church of the Brethren. The curriculum, which begins in September 2006, will be for children and junior youth, ages 2 to 14, and parent/caregivers.