Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post.

Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School (Free Spirit) offers 48 easy-to-implement lessons to help young people accept differences, resolve conflicts peacefully, stop bullying among peers, and build a compassionate environment.  Authors Naomi Drew and Christa M. Tinari share simple tips.

Church Health Reader equips people of faith with practical ways to create and sustain Christian ministries of health, healing and wholeness.  All Around the Church lists innovative ways to emphasize health throughout the church building.  Gardening:  Introducing Gardening to Congregational Life by Ashley Goff is one of a wide selection of resources.

In Reset the Heart:  Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope (Abingdon), Mai-Anh Le Tran asks, “What does it mean to educate for faith in a world marked by violence?”  Ministry Matters provides an excerpt.

Parker Palmer recommends Living Room Conversations and their work supporting faith communities in his current On Being post, What’s an Angry Quaker to Do?

More Than Words:  10 Values for the Modern Family (WKJP) by Erin Wathen suggests ways to practice and talk about compassion, abundance, Sabbath, nonviolence, joy, justice, community, forgiveness, equality and authenticity.

Anne Lamott explores the practice of mercy in Hallelujah Anyway (Riverhead).

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