Six New Things

Jessica Kantrowitz brings us The Long Night: Readings and Stories to Help You through Depression (Broadleaf), a timely publication as we help one another with many shadow emotions and psychological struggles. You can also read and share Kantrowitz’s blog, An Unobstructed Stream.

Editors Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Kelleher host a celebratory launch with contributors reading from their Conversations with the Sacred: A Collection of Prayers (Skinner), Wednesday, May 20 (7:00 CST) and Rev. Cameron Trimble offers 60 Days of Faith for Women: A Devotional to Deepen Gratitude, Praise and Prayer (Rockridge) to support leader’s and congregant’s spiritual growth.

Elaine Carney Gibson’s, Decoding Your Family: Keys to Understanding Family Dynamics and How Your Family Impacts You (Mountain Arbor) may be helpful to folks who’ve been spending a lot of time with one another! And UTS Prof. Pamela Ayo Yetunde deepens understandings for spiritual care with Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care (Palgrave Macmillan)

Affirm our youngsters in their “diversity of races and ethnicities, physical features, body types, abilities and disabilities” with I Love Me! (Beaming) and help them find what makes them extraordinary with The Big Book of Superpowers (Beaming).

And check out at-home summer faith formation options from Cokesbury: Knights of North Castle and Faith Alive’s Dwell Digital Curriculum, A Super Fun Way to Help Families Form Faith This Summer (which includes a copy of their Everyday Family Faith) and their list of Spanish-language faith-formation books for children.

David W. Swanson encourages Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity and Antipas L. Harris wonders Is Christianity the White Man’s Religion? How the Bible Is Good News for People of Color (both InterVarsity): both might lead to important conversations as we emerge into a “new normal”.

And as we slowly move into whatever the “new normal” may be: The Lewis Center for Church Leadership presents Doug Powe leading Get Ready for the New Normal; the UCCMN will follow the Lectionary of Homiletics with Prophetic Preaching Workshops; The Mental Health Technology Transfer Network invites folks to Rural Primary Care Tools and Resources for Managing Suicidal Ideation during COVID-19; The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care invites us to Exploring the Intersection of Spirituality and Medicine in Serious Illness Care During COVID-19; and Tech Soup hosts Deborah Ruh discussing Digital Divide During a Pandemic: How to Work Toward Inclusion for Your Nonprofit Community.

Don’t miss The Ministry Lab’s upcoming Co-Lab Webinars on The Psychology of Grief and Processing Grief (Tuesdays, May 19 & 26; 2:00 PM CST) and Transforming Congregations: Next Steps in Online Worship (Thursday, May 21, 12:00/noon CST). To register, contact Executive Director Rev. Emily Meyer ( And, check out our weekly Visual Word – video sermons you can insert into an online worship service, any time!

And in case you hadn’t heard: Google offers grants to nonprofit organizations (including churches) for up to $10,000 a month in Google ads! This might be the perfect opportunity for your church to jump into online ads. I’ve seen a free webinar at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 21, (to help you make the most of the Google ads grant) advertised, but I cannot find a direct link. But the grants are a real thing!