Six New Things

Check six ministry resources in this weekly post.

Laura Alary’s Read, Wonder, Listen:  Stories from the Bible for Young Readers (Woodlake)  combines contemporary concerns about language and a compassionate and inclusive theology.  Alary is the author of Look! A Child’s Guide to Advent and Christmas, and Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter (Paraclete).

In White Fragility:  Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Beacon), Robin DiAngelo explores what we can do to engage more constructively.  Her website offers a 20-minute TEDx-style video, Deconstructing White Privilege, and other accessible resources.

The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Spirit (Fortress) by Grace Ji-Sun Kim unpacks images of Spirit across traditions.  Kim commends the recovery of the Spirit in videos from The Work of the People and other media.

Lisa Cressman, author of Backstory Preaching:  Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft (Liturgical Press), posts a sermon at A Sermon for Every Sunday.  Backstory Preaching offers a guide to Lectio Divina for Sermon Prep in Five Days, online preaching support, continuing education, mentorship, and weekly blogs and newsletters.

Recent picture books of note for ministry include Something Happened in Our Town:  A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano et al., Marwan’s Journey by Patricia de Arias, A Church for All by Gayle E. Pitman, Child of Wonder by Marty Haugen,    I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoet, and Run Wild by David Covell.

Parker Palmer’s meditation on aging, On the Brink of Everything (Berrett-Koehler) is accompanied by songs from Carrie Newcomer.  At The Growing Edge, Newcomer and Palmer will host a conversation and a podcast.  The Center for Courage and Renewal offers videos with Palmer on the Circle of Trust approach.

Contact us with any resource questions:  Please note our summer hours:  Tuesday noon-4 and by appointment.