Six New Things

What can youth workers do about a lack of parental interest in youth groups? Check The End of Youth Ministry? (Baker) for ideas.

Also pertinent to families: The Spiritually Vibrant Home: The Power of Messy Prayers, Loud Tables and Open Doors (IVP), about extending “home” beyond the nuclear family; All Ways Family (Magination), a story about all kinds of families; and a beautiful exploration of how love stays with us beyond death in The Gift of Gerbert’s Feather (Magination).

For children (and their parents, mentors or teachers): Top 50 Creative Bible Lessons: Fun Activities for Preschoolers (Cokesbury) promises engaging activities to fill an entire year; If the World Were a Village, 2nd Edition (Kids Can Press) introduces kids to the peoples of the world; inspired by real life, Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education (Kids Can Press) illuminates life in an Afghan village.

For church leaders: two offerings from faith+lead and Angela Denker addressing social divisions: the blog post Three Ways the Church Can Separate National Pride and Christian Identity and the webcast Finding Hope in a Divided Country; deepen your spiritual life with Tilden Edwards’ ecourse, Living from the Spiritual Heart (register until 03.09.20); get your adults ready for Easter with Easter for Progressive Christians: A Five Session Study (Woodlake) or Pentecost with Acts: Catching up with the Spirit DVD (Abingdon); join Rob Bell & Peter Rollins for a Master Class in Communication; or learn to plan and implement contemporary worship that honors tradition – using traditional sources – with Flow: The Ancient Way to Do Contemporary Worship (Abingdon).

For Counselors and Care-Givers: learn to be a listening ear for a soul in need with Karen Hutt’s Public Chaplaincy event; or read up on Restoring the Shattered Self: A Christian Counselor’s Guide to Complex Trauma (IVP).

For those seeking justice: join the UTS community for Rev. Yolanda Norton’s lecture, Ready for Resistance: Jezebel and Rizpah as Agitators of the State; participate in Jewish Community Action‘s Annual Freedom Seder; or get inspired by Underground Seminary‘s, In the End, the Beginning: Climate Catastrophe, Church, and Permaculture.