Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post.

The Cross in Contexts (Orbis) by Mitri Raheb and Suzanne Watts Henderson explores the meaning of the cross in the light of both first and twenty-first century Palestinian contexts.  Raheb leads a recorded Global Ministries webinar on the Palestinian Christian community.  Seeing through the Wall is a DVD with discussion guide that looks at the present everyday life of Palestinians.  Contact the RCC for more.

At EcoPreacher, Leah D. Schade posts 17 Ways to be an EcoPreacher and Help Heal Our Planet and Welcoming Children into God’s Creation:  4 Things You Can Do Now.  Schade is the author of Creation-Crisis Preaching (Chalice).

American Muslims:  Fact vs. Fiction is an 11-minute downloadable film with a discussion guide produced for PBS.  Teaching Tolerance also posts short videos to counter Islamophobia accompanied by discussion questions.

Discussion guides for the Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why from youth ministers Melissa Rau and Chris Schaffner support conversation in faith community, and Common Sense Media suggests discussion topics for parents.  Keith Anderson, author of The Digital Cathedral (Morehouse), supplies a study guide on the spiritual themes of the Netflix series The OA.

In We Can’t Talk about That at Work! (Berrett-Koehler), Mary-Frances Winters shows how to prepare for and structure inclusive conversations on politics, religion, and race.

Mental Health Ministries provides resources for Mental Health Month in May.  10 Ways to Combat Discrimination with Compassionate Language is a free download from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.  UCC Mental Health Network shares toolkits, ideas and resources for ministry with children and families.

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