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Robert Chao Romero, the son of a Mexican father and a Chinese immigrant mother, explores the history and theology of what he terms the “Brown Church” (InterVarsity) and considers how five centuries of this movement have responded to injustices by appealing to the belief that God’s vision for redemption includes not only heavenly promises but also the transformation of every aspect of our lives and the world.


Strengthen your prophetic voice for bold preaching in a time of massive change through the Contours of Postcolonial Preaching: A [Two Day] Online Con Ed Event by Underground Institute.

Prepare your young ones for a life of love and compassion with Thoughtful Christians’ Growing in God’s Love Story Bible Curriculum or Illustrated Ministry’s Compassion Camp: Be Loved. Be Kind. Be You.

Deepen your personal awareness, hone your intent and strengthen your resolve for justice work by Befriending Your Monsters: Facing the Darkness of Your Fears to Experience the Light (Baker) or reading Viktor Frankl’s newly discovered and published, Yes to Life in Spite of Everything (Beacon).

Or, invite folks into Creation Care this summer: for younger ones try Growing Green Heart’s Connect-the-Drops or Connect-the-Rocks; encourage young/adults to learn how to take action for a more just and sustainable world as a Minnesota EarthKeeper through EarthKeepers and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light’s experiential online leadership development training; or join “a cohort of like-minded leaders” in the ELCA’s Blessed Tomorrow Ambassadors, learning to inspire climate solutions.

For more specialized areas of ministry: Augsburg Fortress is offering a two-day free digital music webinar (07.21 & 22.20) and Hear My Prayer: A Prison Prayer Book; Clare Klein adapted her Dementia-Friendly Worship Services and made them available on both facebook and youtube; Lovett H. Weems, Jr., guides folks through Effective Pastoral Transitions in the Time of Covid-19, which utilizes his revised The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting – Covid-19 Supplemental (Lewis Center for Church Leadership); and MennoMedia offers the next in their The Adaptive Church Webinar Series: Pastoring from a Distance: Offering Pastoral Care While Social Distancing