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Causes: Health, Health Care

Mission: The godly play foundation is a non-profit religious and educational organization created for the purpose of facilitating the practice of godly play through research, training, and resources.

Programs: Publications and materials: in december 2007, the godly play foundation was gifted a series of publications including the "complete guide to godly play" volumes 1 through 6 from the founder and author, the reverend dr. Jerome berryman. Additional publications and articles continue to be developed and gifted to the foundation with the "complete guide" now at 8 volumes. Godly play foundation receives royalty income from its publisher, church publishing, incorporated. Godly play is a montessori based program and, as such, there are materials (e. G. Arks, temples) that are used in combination with the publications to deliver the godly play method. Godly play foundation is producing and selling the materials that support its programs through it godly play resources division.

u. S. Training: godly play foundation trains and supports a network of independent godly play trainers in the united states. The godly play approach teaches classical religious (e. G. Christian, quaker, jewish) language in a way that enhances the child's authentic experience of god. Trainers learn to use montessori's approach to education to stimulate children's active participation in story and ritual and to awaken their creativity for the learning of the language, sacred stories, parables, liturgical action and silence of their religious tradition. The godly play foundation maintains and enhances the offerings and curriculum used by the trainer network as they train church school teachers, hospital chaplains and others who use the godly play method.

research and development: the godly play foundation through its division, the center for the theology of childhood, conducts research and development into childhood spirituality and the practices of nurturing and developing that spirituality through story and play. The center also is responsible for godly play publications, creating new and revising current editions.

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