Origins of Sprit Play™
Spirit Play didn’t start in a vacuum. It takes its model from a long line of Montessori based religious education programming including Sofia Cavalletti’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play®, and Joyce Zaugg’s The Children’s Hour. Explore the links below to learn more about some of these influencers.
Maria Montessori is the woman who started us on this journey. From the early 1900s she transformed the way we think about how children learn best.
Created by The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman in the 1970s, the Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence.
Developed by Rev. Ralph Roberts, Beverly Leute Bruce, and Rev. Dr. Nita Penfold (who was Spirit Play's Director for fifteen years), Spirit Play is a Unitarian Universalist program of religious education that has been in existence since the year 2000, utilized in churches across the North American continent.