Six New Things

In response to the police killing of George Floyd one week ago, today, The Ministry Lab joins with faith leaders from across the Twin Cities, the state and the nation in calling for justice and reformation.

Especially poignant have been Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs of the MN Council of Churches Open Letter to White Clergy, exhorting white clergy to avoid preaching for peace, Anahkwud Mihgiizay, Ajiijak Dodem’s (Wendy Stone) post on Ways Minnesota’s White Churches Need to Use Their Power and Faith with its specific, concrete ways congregations can work for justice, Multifaith Anti-Racism Change & Healing’s (MARCH) Statement, and Minneapolis Interfaith Power & Light’s Statement on the Police Murder of George Floyd, which also included specific calls to action.

The Ministry Lab has created lists of anti-racism and ending white supremacy culture resources for use with adults and youth/teens and children. If you know of resources we can add, please share and we will do so. We also commend this week’s Visual Word, a contemplative practice inviting us to listen to the Spirit’s cries for justice.

Chalice Press is hosting a June 11 (6:00 CST) online conversation about racism and justice with Sharon Risher (For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness) and Michael Water (Stakes Is High: Race, Faith, and Hope for America).

For anyone committed to intersectional activism and social justice, The Stonewall Generation: LGBTQ Elders on Sex, Activism, and Aging (Skinner) provides a much-needed resource for empowerment, education, and renewal.

Anyone who needs a moment of calm to renew for engaging the world, Illustrated Ministries offers another free downloadable coloring page which invites us to wonder what God Calls Me to…

For more congregational and/or leadership renewal, check out MNIPL’s six session online Be the Spark leadership development for building teams energized for action on climate. Or, join the MN Annual Conference UMC and Dr. Phil Maynard in the REACH ReLAUNCH (June 4, 12:00-1:30 PM) for their free webinar designed to help you re-launch church effectively in the pandemic and post-pandemic era.

The National Institute for Civil Discourse created Engaging Differences during Hardship, a story-telling video series reflecting diverse responses to Covid-19; Susan Beaumont (How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season; Rowman & Littlefield) offers 10 Questions to Ask Now, inviting leaders and congregations to move from reactive to reflective. Both are primarily in response to Covid-19, but perhaps pertinent to any time of change.

For Teens and their Parents: Rage Against the Minivan: Learning to Parent without Perfection (Convergent) brings levity to the tumult of raising teens.

For our Littles: Beaming wants to encourage kids to get moving this summer. First, dive into Bible stories with their One-Year Bible Reading Plan, which includes a short list of readings every month, along with activities, a short prayer, and discussion questions and for get parents and kids balanced in body, mind and spirit with Yoga Baby, which includes tips and tricks for incorporating yoga practice into daily life with a young child.

P.S. To support engagement in marches, protests and other work of the people, The Ministry Lab’s Co-Lab Webinars for the week of 06.01.20 have been postponed. Leading in a Time of Seismic Change with Rev. Susan Nienaber is rescheduled for Thursday, June 18 (12:00/noon CST). Please watch the website for updates on Group Spiritual Direction with Cynthia Bailey Manns. Also, please mark your calendars to join us Tuesday, June 9 (2:00 PM CST) for Rev. Tanya Sadagopan’s leadership on Seeing Inequity and Re-Envisioning God’s Reign: Pivoting from Hierarchical Approaches to Partnership & Solidarity Ways and Tuesday, June 16 (2:00 PM, CST) for Prof. Justin Sabia-Tanis’ Transforming Communities: Growing At-Home Social Justice Practices and Community Engagement.