ECED Holds Spring Meeting
Directors of eparchial Religious Education departments recently held their Spring Meeting at Bon Secour Retreat and Conference Center in Marriotsville, Maryland. This group, the publishing arm of the Eastern Catholic Bishops in the United States, is entrusted with the task of providing catechetical and related materials for use in all levels of instruction—pre-K through adult, whether in formal classes, discussion groups, or at-home study.
The three-day session addressed the many facets of the processes involved in planning, producing and distributing student texts, facilitators’ guides, pamphlets, books, DVDs, posters and other instructional aids, prepared in print, on discs, or on the Internet through God With Us Publications. During the course of forty years, ECED [Eastern Conference of Eparchial Directors (of Religious Education)] has seen to the details of maintaining an inventory of suitable resources for catechists, students, and anyone interested in learning more about the faith and its practices. Planning also went into the annual resumption of classroom activity in conjunction with the observance of “Catechetical Sunday.”
The books and other items are mandated by the American bishops as instructional materials in parochial settings, and are also widely-used in Eastern Christian classes, study groups or individual growth internationally.
During one of the presentations, Business Manager Dr Barbara Lutz provided detailed fiscal information and reported on the many aspects of day-to-day activity regarding the inventory at the warehouse and the intricacies of maintaining the website for all the material available from God With Us Publications.