“Jesus said, ‘Love The Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy. And love others as well as yourself.'” –Mark 12:29-31

God shapes and forms a living, breathing, moving faith in us through our passions (heart), prayers (soul), intelligences (mind), and activities (body).

Sermon on the Sidewalk advocates for whole-person health and the spiritual well-being of children, youth, and families, with several helpful tools that can be used in churches, schools, communities, and at home.

Just imagine if we collaborated with one another to assist all ages in keeping the promises of baptism in every dimension of wellness (see the ELCA’s Wholeness Wheel):

  • Emotional Well-being
  • Physical Well-being
  • Financial Well-being
  • Vocational Well-being
  • Intellectual Well-being
  • Social Well-being
  • Spiritual Well-being

And in and through all our different means of experiencing and knowing God and God’s creation (based in part on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences):

  • Words and language
  • Body movement and sensory
  • Numbers, patterns, and sequences
  • Nature and the natural world
  • Colors, spaces, lines, and shapes
  • Music, sounds, and rhythm
  • Relationships with other people
  • Relationship with ourself