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Annual Report 2015

CChTheo has three main sources of income:

Donations and Grant: $24386

Sales: $21308

Events and Courses: $37153

Other: $4324

 

CCTheo uses its funds in three general ways:

Courses and Events ($44010):

In 2015
    • we conducted CGS courses at each Level led by Davette Himes and Catherine Maresca.
    • we sponsored a Round Table for local catechists on the topic of parent education.
    • we hosted a Collaborative on Sacramental Preparation in Washington, DC.
    • we hosted Weaving Our Gifts, a Conference of Catechists in Hartford, CT, with keynote speaker Bruce Birch.
    • Catherine Maresca led a workshop on the Spiritual Preparation of the Teacher, an Interfaith Approach at the American Montessori Society Conference in Philadelphia, exhibited at Faith Forward in Chicago, and presented a paper on Interfaith Education at the Eccesiological Investigations Conference at Georgetown University.
In 2016
  • we will offer the nation's first Toddler Course, the atrium for toddlers and their parents, in Washington DC.
  • we continue a Level III course, and will begin Level I and Level II courses in the fall.
  • Catherine Maresca and Anna Hurdle will lead a networking session at the AMS conference in Chicago in 2015 for Faith-Based Montessori Environments
  • Catherine Maresca will speak at the Children's Spirituality Conference in Nashville TN
  • offer a Round Table on "The Blessings of the Children's Community" by Jane Scheuermann in April

Publications and Materials:

In 2015 ($25921)
  • we published the last two editions of ECHOES on Jesus, Saints and Heroes, and Prophetic Children.
  • provided books and materials and other atrium resources to catechists around the country through our website www.cctheo.org 
  • published the first year of the monthly reflection "CCT in Context", to highlight the connections between CGS and current developments in society, theology, and pedagogy.
In 2016 we will
  • publish a 4 part series of Occasional Papers on Gospel Nonviolence
  • distribute The Seed of God in Haiti, Latin America and beyond, supported by a grant.
  • publish the new edition of Scripture Booklets Set 2
  • publish World Religions, a set of 3-part cards introducing seven faith traditions for use in the 9-12 atriums and Montessori classes.
  • publish a book by Catherine Maresca on the challenge of reading violent but foundational Biblical texts with children as nonviolent Christians.
  • publish I Am the Vine by Karen Broering, a children's book with illustrated scripture verses and reflection questions
  • make available a final indexed edition of the digital collection of twenty years of ECHOES.

Research and Development ($9003)

Events, Publications and Research are all interrelated. Your questions and concerns generate areas of study of a topic related to ministry to children in the church. These are explored at our conferences, collaboratives and Round Tables, and often generate further study that leads to the publications or materials offered in our catalog.

While the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, in which our work is rooted, is built on the constants of Bible, liturgy and the unique spirituality of children, the situations in which we work, influences on our children, pastoral needs of children, catechists and other adults are shifting. As we learn to serve children in many denominations, incorporate a growing body of knowledge (science, anthropology, Biblical archeology, etc.), work in an increasingly multi-cultural and interfaith environment, and minister to children with a variety of special needs, ongoing study, new or updated materials, and a healthy sharing of our experiences “on the ground” is needed.

CCTheo invites you to participate in this process through our events and publications, financial support, and the questions, expertise and experience you bring to the CCTheo endeavors.

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