Three free offerings for congregational leaders in this transformational time:
The Ministry Lab’s Co-Lab webinar (05.12.20; 2:00 PM CST), led by UTS Prof. Karen Hutt, who offers games, tools and networking opportunities to develop resilience and affirmations. The Church Online Summit (05.13.20) has a long list of presenters offering experienced advice on a wealth of topics that will help your church improve the way it connects to people online; and Reach! Virtually features Gina Mueller who will help leaders form a “new ministry map” and “see opportunity where we may have missed it before” to energize work in the virtual world and Rev. Dr. Michael Beck will share a variety of online micro-communities, how they were built, and how they are engaging new people with the good news.
Additionally, The Gerald May Seminar: Re-Envisioned with Wendy M. Wright (Shalem Institute; May 15-16) is a contemplative space for personal renewal and growth; Preaching a New Earth: Climate and Creation (May 18-22) brings the annual Festival of Homiletics to you – at home and free!; Eddie Glaude Jr. shares James Baldwin’s Lessons on Race in America (May 12); the Things Not Seen podcast considered the Evolving Role of the ‘Religious Left’ (April 19); and Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts and the Capital Region Watershed District invite congregations to consider Lawn Care with Water Quality in Mind (May 13; 11:30 AM; contact Emily for the zoom link).
To further the discussion and efforts toward a more socially equitable “new normal”: Cody J. Sanders offers Christianity, LGBTQ Suicide, and the Souls of Queer Folk, Valerie A. Miles-Tribble brings us Change Agent Church in Black Lives Matter Times: Urgency for Action (both Rowman & Littlefield); and John C. Cort’s expansive Christian Socialisim: An Informal History (Orbis), is reissued in its 2nd edition.
For the younger crowd, Thoughtful Christianity is unveiling its companion to their picture Bible by the same name, Growing in God’s Love Curriculum.
Contemplatives: see this quarter’s Thin Places for an exhaustive list of practices near to you and online; join the Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat; and look for Ellen Brix’s Embracing the Inconceivable: Interspiritual Practice of Zen and Christianity (Orbis) which includes “sections on prayers and practices for those wishing to explore and apply the thoughtful insights Brix offers to their own interspiritual practice”.
Finally, two new resources explore Holy Communion for different ages: We Gather at This Table (Church Publishing) is great for families or godparents to share with children; while For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World (Penguin Random House) is a memoir of a dinner church that held folks together during Hurricane Sandy.