Living Water

Baptism as a Way of Life

Klara Tammany

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.

“To all of you who are formation leaders of a new generation—there is wisdom here that stands the test of time.”—Sharon Ely Pearson, author of Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Theologies of Confirmation for the 21st Century

Living Water is a living book; it lives as a reflection of Klara Tammany’s long and ongoing journey in faith and service, in the lives of the many who have been touched by her work, and in the pages between these covers. The book is not an educational program but a formational process. If you read Living Water, as I hope you will, it will live in you as it lives in me.”—Parker J. Palmer, author of On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old

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

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