Living Water

Baptism as a Way of Life, 2nd Edition

Klara Tammany, Foreword by Sharon Ely Pearson

Jun/2021, 224 Pages, PAPERBACK, 8 x 10

ISBN-13: 9781640654594

The second edition of a classic designed for baptismal preparation and relevant to all Christians.

A program for adult Episcopalians that can easily be adapted to other denominations, one-on-one spiritual mentoring, children, young adult, or intergenerational groups, and even to individuals for private meditation.

The eight group sessions in this book focus repeatedly on water, first as a natural element necessary to life, then as a symbolic element necessary to spirituality. Gradually, through prayer, song, scripture, silence, poetry, visual arts, storytelling, group discussion, and personal reflection, water—as a baptismal element—gains ascendancy. No longer merely occasional refreshment, Living Water inundates, becoming life’s very medium. 

KLARA TAMMANY has served professionally as a teacher, religious educator, and non-profit director. Now retired, she lives in Lewiston, Maine, as one of five mentors at Sophia’s House, a residential community of healing for women. Klara has begun offering free listening in public spaces, and provides home funeral support through a network called Last Things. She continues to enjoy summers at her beloved family cottage on nearby Sand Pond, where she wrote Living Water.

SHARON ELY PEARSON is a Christian educator, editor, and author with 35+ years of experience in Christian formation on the local, judicatory, and church-wide level. Known for her knowledge of published curricula across the church, she has written or edited numerous books. She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and a lifelong Episcopalian. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.

"This is one of the best resources for Christian formation that I've used in my ten years in the field. I am an Episcopal priest and have used it for Baptism preparation, Confirmation classes, and retreats. I highly recommend it . . ."
—Pamela Dolan, author of Contemplative Gardening and rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Martin in Davis, California


  • Baptism
  • formation
  • sacraments
  • spirituality
  • conversion

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