As the academic and publishing arm of the Godly Play Foundation, the Center for the Theology of Childhood functions as a research center. It houses a library of a little over 4,000 books related to Godly Play. Some of the topics are classical theology, mystical theology, philosophy (especially the existentialists), ethics, child development, Montessori, play, silence, laughter, tears, religious education, and the history of childhood. The Center also includes a well-equipped Godly Play room nearby, which is hosted by St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in South Denver, where children of the parish use it each Sunday.
The Center provides space for scholars to do continuing research about theology for children, with children, and about children for adults. The archive houses a collection of Jerome Berryman’s publications and important historical documents related to Godly Play and the Foundation.
The program for visiting fellows of the Center was inaugurated 2009 when Dr. Brendan Hyde from the Australian Catholic University was in residence for a month. His work resulted in the book, The Search for a Theology of Childhood: Essays by Jerome W. Berryman from 1978-2009 (2013). Many scholars from around the world have visited the Center since the beginning of this program.
In January 2016, The Rev. Cheryl V. Minor, Ph.D. was named Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood. Cheryl directs and coordinates the publishing, academic, and research activities of the Center with the support of the Center’s Senior Fellow, Founder Jerome Berryman.
For additional literature supporting the Theology of Childhood, please visit our Going Deeper into Children’s Spirituality resources page.