A Seven-Session Adult Course
Seven Leading Christian Voices.
Seven Big Conversations About Faith.
All You Need is Seven Weeks.
"Animate will suck people out of any kind of boredom, bring them to the edge of their seats, and get them ready for discussion."
—Brian McLaren, speaker, pastor, author
A new interactive seven-session adult course brings together leading Christian voices to spark conversation in faith communities.
Meet the seven leading Christian voices sparking the discussions for the new animate. Faith video course.
"...with animate., it really draws people into the conversation rather than saying here's what you're supposed to think..."—Bruce Reyes-Chow, pastor, church planter, speaker, and writer
We talk with Tony Jones about what it was like to wrangle seven of today's leading Christian voices together in one room to produce the new animate video resource.
Download samples of the Animate series, including video, facilitator guide and journals, here.
Watch the animate.Faith video session on God, by Brian McLaren, here.
I am apophatic. And proud. Apophatic non-visual people of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your metaphors.
"Some of the drawings are ornate, informed by Byzantine iconography and Celtic knot work, but then others are simple stick-figures that quickly communicate the idea at hand." The animate illustrator talks about the inspiration for his art.
Watch the "blooper" outtakes from the animate.Faith video sessions.
The animate.Faith contributors are imaginative church leaders. They are not afraid of allowing the gospel to call their entire lives into question and they are leading people to do the same.
This is the only "curriculum" I have ever used in which I did not need to spend two hours editing bad theology, rephrasing awful cultural references attempting to be hip, or cutting out entire sections of nonsense.
There are bound to be things in the sessions that spark controversy and disagreement in group discussions. For that reason, it occupies a much need space in the world of small group resources.
Without active engagement in conversation about the life of faith -- what it is, what it might be -- most Christians remain in the shallow pool.
Bruce G. Epperly
animate pushes those who have eyes to see and ears to hear beyond the safety of spiritual shibboleths. It asks questions, presents possibilities, and leaves the viewer with options.
The best part of this animate curriculum might perhaps be the lovely and engaging drawings and design-work of Paul Soupiset.
Adam Walker Cleaveland
Animate stands out as something different in the world of Christian Education curriculum by allowing new voices to enter into the conversations in our churches today.