Six New Things

Resources for personal and communal activism and discussion: let’s grow and transform this world, together!

Highlights from The Ministry Lab’s constantly updated list of At-Home Resources for Social Justice and Activism include Poor People’s Campaign: A Call to Moral Revival letter demanding change and their invitation to virtually join the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, June 20 & 21; Princeton Seminary’s Scaffolded List of Anti-Racism Resources; Kaleo Center’s blog post including their intentions, a link to Uprising Minnesota, “a regularly updated site on how to support Black organizing in the Twin Cities”; Jae Hyun Shim’s excellent TruthOut article about how we came to this moment in Minneapolis; and Mariame Kaba’s NY Times article, Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police; and Linden Hills UCC’s What Can I Do Now?: Justice Work Related to Policing. There are so many, many other ways to engage: please share and we’ll continue to update the list!

Highlights from our Anti-Racism and Ending White Supremacy Culture Reading Lists for Adults and Children & Youth include United students Autumn Gupta’s & Bryanna Wallis’s Justice in June, a 30-day anti-racism reading plan specifically designed for white people – ideal for small groups, faith communities, and individuals; and highlighting the depth of intersectionally-led dialogues: Phuc Luu’s Jesus of the East: Reclaiming the Gospel for the Wounded (MennoMedia); and Live with Sujay: Black Women in Ministry Talking about George Floyd, Racism and Sexim.

Worship resources that combat racism and white supremacy culture are beginning to surface. See the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Black Lives Matter Worship Collection and their The Promise & The Practice and Osheta Moore’s, Here Lies Love: A Litany (Upper Room).

For contemplative practices to ground your activism, join The Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat, every Wednesday at 12:00/noon CST or read our contemplative bloggers Favorite of the Day. Or, study the great contemplative, Howard Thurman, in Wesley Theological Seminary’s Online Summer Course, Howard Thurman, Mystic, Prophet, Theologian, or go all-in with their DMin Track: Howard Thurman: Prophetic Witness.

Do not engage in this work alone! Invite your whole congregation to the essential activism of our day. Join us Tuesday, 06.16.20, for our Co-Lab Webinar with Prof. Justin Sabia-Tanis for Growing At-Home Social Justice Practices and Community Engagement (email to register for the zoom link) and bring others into the Basilica of St Mary’s Zoom: Grief in Our City: Can We Talk? on 06.27.20; 9:00-10:30 AM.

Be of good courage, People of God: the Spirit is at work!!!