Short Videos for Faith Formation

updated August 2015.  Many of our members have used Rob Bell’s NOOMA series of films for youth and adult faith formation.  New options in short videos for faith formation are appearing, and many are available online.  These engaging films allow plenty of time for discussion. The Work Of The People is an independent ecumenical platform […]

Anti-Bullying Resources

Updated November 2016.  Bullying is receiving increased attention.  We highlight resources most useful for faith communities. Picture books can begin conversation with children.  Picture Book Theology explores several prominent titles, including Say Something by Peggy Moss.  The Families All Matter Book Project suggests books and guides discussion on ten diversity issues.  I’m Your Neighbor presents […]

Intergenerational Faith Formation

Interest in intergenerational faith formation is growing.  Here’s a short list of accessible resources, with special thanks to Diane Olson and her CEF colleagues. Lifelong Faith Journal is a free download.  See especially volume 6.1, “The Ecologies of Lifelong Faith Formation,” volume 3.1, “Generations Learning Together,” and “Best Practices in Intergenerational Faith Formation” in volume […]

On Sketchnotes and Meditative Drawing

Fans of American Public Radio’s On Being with Krista Tippett may have noted that graphic illustrator Doug Neill is now taking visual notes of the show.  These sketchnotes recall Paul Soupiset’s illustrations for Sparkhouse’s Animate DVD Study, Facilitator’s Guide and Personal Journal, and their re:form curriculum for youth:  they help us–at least, some of us–attend. […]

AntiRacism Resources

updated August 2015.  Here’s a short list of outstanding, current antiracism resources for adults and older youth.  Click titles for more information/preview. Online In Five Steps for Using “Trip to the Grocery Store” to Talk about Race, World Trust offers a film clip and guide for small group discussion.  Other clips are available on their […]

Resources from the Interfaith Movement

Updated July 2015.  It seems we are becoming less interested in defining our differences, and more drawn to explore what we hold in common and how we are transformed in interfaith encounter.  The emerging interfaith movement has recently produced several notable resources. Brian D. McLaren’s Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the […]

Neighboring as Spiritual Practice

What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors?  In The Art of Neighboring (Baker, 2012), Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon encourage church members to be intentional in their relationships with their literal neighbors. Pathak and Runyon provide resources on their website.  A short video introduces the neighboring movement.  Church leaders are given […]

Book Groups: Apprenticed to Hope

Despite our collective fascination with the digital, church book groups remain a powerful place for formation.  Shorter books, conversational in tone, with discussion questions at the end of each chapter work well:   Catherine Keller ‘s On the Mystery:  Discerning Divinity in Process (Fortress, 2008) is a fine example.  Another is Apprenticed to Hope:  A Sourcebook […]

Spirituality Resources Online

Recently, one of our member churches did an adult education session on faith online:  participants shared their favorite websites, blogs, and emails on spirituality.  Many of the websites on the RCC’s list of links are most useful for church leaders, but what about a list of nondenominational online resources on spirituality for everyone?  Here’s a […]

New Bibles

Until recently, the RCC had little to recommend to members consulting us about NRSV Bibles for confirmation or older youth.  This surprising gap has been filled by The Guidebook:  The NRSV Student Bible (HarperBibles, October).  Billed as “the first student Bible developed especially for mainline and progressive Christians,” this edition presents both the usual array […]