Welcome to the Website of
the International Association for Children's Spirituality

The International Association for Children's Spirituality seeks to promote and support research and practice in relation to children's spirituality within education and wider contexts of children's care and wellbeing.

The Association understands spirituality broadly and inclusively as having relation to the religious and beyond the religious. We encourage holistic approaches to children's spirituality and personal development across a variety of disciplines, professions, organisations and communities.

Our methods of working are based on a set of values and aims which can be read here.

The International Journal of Children's Spirituality is the official journal of the Association and the IACS supports the annual International Conferences on Children's Spirituality.

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IACS Conference 2016

The 15th International Conference on Children's Spirituality will be held in 2016. Details of this event will follow soon.

UK day event 2014

A day event for IACS members and invited colleagues in the UK will take place on Saturday 4th October 2014 at Woodbrooke Study and retreat centre in Birmingham from 10 am to 4 pm. The centre is easily accessible from the city, which also has excellent rail connections from most parts of the country.

The theme is 'Nurturing children's spirituality in schools - challenges and opportunities'. The day will include presentations and round table discussions.

The day costs £25 for members and £30 for non-members. The fee includes refreshments and lunch.

All teachers, governors, researchers, parents and carers as well as anyone else interested in children's spirituality are welcome to attend.

For bookings please now send your cheque and information on dietary or other needs, to Ruth Wills at 138 New Street, Blackrod, Bolton, UK, BL6 5AQ. For an agenda and more information, please access this flyer.

Previous conferences

The 14th International Conference on Children's Spirituality

Date added:17th July 2014

The 14th International Conference on Children's Spirituality was held in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela between 7th and 11th of July 2014. The theme was: 'Our children need peace: the role of the arts, ecology and social networks in children's spirituality'. A small number of scholars and practitioners (including a number of children) took part in a week of papers, workshops and discussion on topics of spirituality, digital culture and the arts.

The 13th International Conference on Children's Spirituality

Date added: 25th July 2012

For the sake of Children: hidden forms of power in caring for children's spirituality.

This conference was held in Leuven, Belgium between 10th and 13th July 2013. It was hosted by Professor Annemie Dillen and explored the complex relation between care and issues of power in situations where children's spirituality is at stake.

The 12th International Conference on Children's Spirituality

Date added: 13th October 2011

This conference was held at East Anglia University in Norwich, U.K. between 1st and 5th July 2012. The theme was 'Spirituality and Physicality: Crossing Thresholds' and was inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Photographs, videos and slideshow presentations from the conference are now available from the member's area.

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The 11th International Conference on Children's Spirituality

Date added: 6th September 2011

The Politics of Children's Spirituality

The 11th International conference on Children's Spirituality was held between 1st and 5th August in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Photos and videos from the conference are now available from the member's area.

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At the AGM, the constitution was ratified and a copy can be found in the members area.

It was also proposed and agreed that the association should now be known as the 'International Association for Children's Spirituality' and any correspondence from now on will bear this name.

The 10th International Conference on Children's Spirituality

Date added: 5th August 2010

This conference took place at the The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Tai Po Campus) between 19th -23rd July 2010. The theme was “Spirituality and Resilience.”

Conference information as well as photo albums and and a short media clip of events are available in the member's area.

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The International Journal of Children's Spirituality

The IJCS The IJCS is the journal of the IACS. Aiming to provide an international and multi-cultural forum for those involved in research and the development of children's and young people's spirituality the journal considers what is meant by 'spirituality' and its relevance for schooling and society.

Please see our journal page for more information

Join the International Association for Children's Spirituality

Membership of the International Association for Children's Spirituality costs only £50 per year and runs from 1st January. Benefits include:

  • Hard copies of the International Journal of Children's Spirituality (4 per year) - this alone normally costs more than membership of the Association
  • On-line access to all previous editions of the Journal
  • The opportunity to post information about your work, research, publications and consultancies.

An online-only membership option is also available at the cost of £25 or equivalent. This option allows access to the member's area including the online journal and digital copies of past issues.

If you wish to join please visit our membership page.

Non-IACS forthcoming events

Members are welcome to provide information about events concerning children's spirituality.

Engaging with us

We now have an online presence in two areas: Facebook and Academia.

If you are active on Facebook, please check out our page and 'like' it. The page is: https://www.facebook.com/associationforchildrensspirituality.

Our Academia.edu page has a handful of followers and all our events are promoted using this site. To access this page visit https://independent.academia.edu/InternationalAssociationforChildrensSpiritualityIACS.

Survey on Background, Beliefs and Spiritual Well-Being

Dr. John Fisher has asked that members and others interested in spiritual well-being take part in an online survey. The survey is designed to investigate the construct of his Spiritual Health And Life-Orientation Measure among people of varying backgrounds and beliefs. Participants must be aged 18 or over. The usefulness of this method for research in spiritual well-being will also be investigated. The project is part of John’s third doctorate in this area, within which he has been working for nearly 20 years.

To take part, follow the link below:
http://medusa.ballarat.edu.au/limesurvey/index.php?sid=59487&newteswt=Y&lang=en

Poems and quotes

This page features poems or short quotes, written either by children or about experiences related to children's spirituality. If you have any that are suitable to share, please send them to kate.posey@gmail.com.

Members' area

The member's area is a secure space in which members can suggest discussion topics, share ideas and invite others to participate in projects concerning children's spirituality. Photographs and PowerPoint presentations of past conferences as well as all newsletters are available here, and the online journal is accessed through this area.