Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post.

Raising White Kids (Abingdon) by Jennifer Harvey supports families, churches, educators and communities equipping children to be active and able participants in our multiracial society.  Each chapter ends with a short list of takeaways.  See Harvey’s posts in The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Ecclesio.  Harvey has also written Dear White Christians (Eerdmans).

Illustrated Children’s Ministry offers Psalms Posters, Coloring Pages, and a companion Psalms Devotional Guide.  An Illustrated Lent for Families will be available January 25.

For individual and group study, The Mystic in You (Upper Room) by Bruce G. Epperly includes four spiritual practices for each of twelve mystics.  Epperly has written A Center in the Cyclone:  Twenty-First Century Clergy Self-Care (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and, with Katherine Gould Epperly, Tending to the Holy:  The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Wonderfully Made (Abingdon) guides faith and sexuality education for ages 10-12.  A Facilitator Kit USB Drive includes the Facilitator Guide and scripted lesson plans, with opening and closing sessions with parents.  A Participant Book is available.

Rooted in the Circle of Trust approach of Parker J. Palmer, The Courage Way (Berrett-Koehler) by the Center for Courage & Renewal and Shelly L. Francis is a guide to leading and living with integrity.  Palmer’s On the Brink of Everything:  Grace, Gravity and Getting Old will arrive in June.

In This Child of Faith (Paraclete), Sophfronia Scott and Tain Gregory explore how faith prepares us not only for life’s joys but also for its most profound tragedies.  Tain was present in his third-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary the day of the shootings five years ago.  The Christian Century posts a review.

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