Six New Things

Check six minstry resources in this weekly post.

Following her introduction to Protestant prayer beads, Kristen E. Vincent commends the practice to trauma survivors in Beads of Healing (Upper Room).

In Better: Waking Up to Who We Could Be (Chalice), Melvin Bray reimagines classic faith stories to inspire more beautiful, just and virtue-filled ways of being in the world.  God Complex Radio presents a podcast with Bray, and Cindy Brandt of Unfundamentalist Parenting posts an interview.

Purpose of Confirmation: Youth Emphasize Relevance is a post from The Confirmation Project.  The current issue of Episcopal Teacher explores the Project’s research; Lisa Kimball discusses Mentoring Relationships and Confirmation in a video.  And Sparkhouse is introducing a Colaborate Confirmation Curriculum for Presbyterians, joining their offerings for Methodists and Lutherans.

The current issue of Circuit Rider features several articles on small groups, including Jack L. Seymour on taking Bible study to the community.

Today’s presentation from Moral Courage Project founder Irshad Manji will be available in Westminster Town Hall Forum’s archive.   MCP features video stories of people acting for the common good.  An online curriculum is in development.

Alice Connor’s Fierce:  Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex and Salvation (Fortress) is accompanied by a free guide for contemplation and discussion.  In Preaching the Women of the Old Testament:  Who They Were and Why They Matter (WJKP), Lynn Japinga connects contemporary issues to each of over forty stories.  Wilda C. Gafney’s Womanist Midrash:  A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne (WJKP) is forthcoming.

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