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Six New Things – Resilience and Community Supplemental

Looking for something fun for the kids this summer?Interfaith Stay Camp will be a great week of crafts, games, songs and stories designed to offer kids basic interfaith literacy and inspiration to grow into people who promote tolerance and practice inclusivity. All are welcome!

It’s all about resilience! To develop yours and your community’s, you might consider:

Brave Talk: Building Resilient Relationships in the Face of Conflict (Broadleaf), in which communications expert Melody Stanford Martin combines storytelling, illustrations, and academic sources, using humor, creativity, and interactive learning to help everyday people develop better skills for navigating conflict in order to build stronger relationships and healthier communities.

Amanda Henderson‘s Holy Chaos: Creating Connections in Divisive Times (Chalice), includes end-of-chapter questions ideal for book groups, small group study, or deeper personal reflection.

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center invites spiritual leaders to explore the issue of trauma in the context of COVID-19 and the public killing of George Floyd, helping participants understand how they can help others find healing and resilience, through contemplative prayer and meditation.

OnBeing’s Care Package for Uncertain Times is an inspiring collection of podcasts, poetry, meditations and reflection for however you’re processing this moment.

For the younger set, Carrie Lewis (author) and Sophia Touliatou, (illustrator) wonder, “What causes anxiety? And what can we do about it?” in All About Anxiety (Beaming).

Community is a powerful source of resilience.

Olu Brown invites us explore key ways to grow a local church, in Clergy Education’s webinar, Growing a Church by Becoming Part of the Community; the Lewis Center for Church Leadership suggests Connection is More Important than Content in Digital Gatherings and encourages us to Rethink Virtual Community.

The PC(USA) Store lists suggestions for political discussions with their 2020 Election Study Resources.

Cerrie Burnell (author) and Lauren Mark Baldo (illustrator) give us a poignant reminder of communal intersections to explore with all ages in I Am Not a Label: 34 Artists, Thinkers, Athletes and Activists with Disabilities from Past and Present (Wide-Eyed Editions) while Luther Seminary invites us to remember the intersections of creation and community in their new series, Water Where We Live: Luther Seminary Students Share Global Water Stories Part I and Part II.