Six New Things

Individuals, families and/or the whole group can attend some fantastic Martin Luther King Jr., Day observances around the Twin Cities and throughout outstate Minnesota. Notice: some observances are ongoing, some are just Sunday (19th) or Monday (20th), and some are later in the week.

To prep for MLK observances or to keep the conversation going, share Brad Meltzer’sI Am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr.” (Dial/Penguin) with your littlest readers; one of these excellent Liberation Curricula from Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Education and Research Institute; or something from the National Education Association’s, Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Mature groups might share founder of Black Liberation Theology, James H. Cone’s memoir (and final work), “Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody: The Making of a Black Theologian” (Orbis), or Sheila Wise Rowe’sHealing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience” (InterVarsity).

For healing in other areas of our lives and communities: Carla Swafford Works invites us to see “The Least of These: Paul and the Marginalized” (Eerdmans); Shalem Institute’s Winston Charles encourage us to Reimagine Confession as noticing which leads to internal and relational transformation; Ruth Everhart brings us to a #MeToo Reckoning (InterVarsity); and for young people: James Butler offers a Coloring Book and Reflections for Social Emotional Learning (FreeSpirit), also available in Spanish; and Joanna Rowland continues her series with “The Memory Book: A Grief Journal for Children and Families” (Beaming Books). If your group needs to do something for mental well-being, register and join Jim Robinson at UTS for four sessions of “Improv and Mental Health“.

For Lent by-the-numbers: Donald McKim’s, “Living into Lent” (WJK) is a seven-session study guide for groups or individuals and Jill Duffield’s “Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotion through Ten Objects” (WJK) explores how God’s quiet voice speaks to us in the mundane, utilizing ten ordinary objects Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem.