Six New Things

Don and Sondra Samuels (interviewed by Krista Tippet on MPR) invite folks to join in 30 Days of Silent Prayer: Healing the Heart of Our City: “a month-long, African American-led collaborative conceived to add a vital spiritual factor to all the strategic thinking, policy proposals and investments being considered” in and around the Twin Cities, Minnesota, the nation and the world. You can participate from anywhere!

Local inspiration for our on-going anti-racism work can be found in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area’s Rev. Alika Galloway‘s An Invitation to Community; Rolling Stone Magazine’s feature on incredible Healing Justice Practitioners in Minneapolis; and United Theological Seminary’s community-created Social Justice/Social Transformation Resources.

Bring your youth along with the ELCA’s Faith Formation Team’s Racial Awareness: Vetted Resources; engage your Littles with Illustrated Ministries Prayers for Compassion Coloring Pages; and equip your 55+ members to “act powerfully in the transformation of the world” with skills learned in Kaleo Center’s Encore 2020.

Other local, regional and national encouragement for this work can be found in these excellent webinars: Rev. Jia Starr Brown’s amazing Journey to Freedom: Intersectionality is bursting with wisdom, inspiration, and creativity. [Watch for an upcoming Co-Lab Special Feature webinar with Jia inviting you to join the Journey to Freedom series; it’s so good, you will not want to miss this amazing opportunity!]

Or, check out the MN Annual Conference UCC’s Justice Talk to Justice Walk: Building Awareness, Strengthening Our Resolve with its amazing line-up of local leaders on community transformation; or see MennoMedia’s Expanding Our Witness: Equipping Ministry for Anti-Racist Change.

Get sermon/preaching inspiration with RevGalBlogPals’ Rev. Rachel Hackenberg’s commentary on Milcah’s Inheritance or Tim MacBride‘s To Aliens and Exiles: Preaching the New Testament as Minority-Group Rhetoric in a Post-Christendom World (Cascade) and get some personal perspective (which could also be good sermon fodder/to share with others) with Jean Wise’s post Seeing Our Time in Kairos Time: a valuable reminder that a shift in perspective can be the key to resilience and hope.

Inspire your youngsters with Marc Olson’s (author) and Jem Maybank’s (illustrator) The World of the First Christians: A Curious Kid’s Guide to the Early Church (Beaming): its Curious Kids’ Guides “present cool and surprising information about Christian history and beliefs in an entertaining, visually engaging way for kids” and encourage your youth to live into God’s vision for the church with the MN Annual Conference UMC’s STORM @ Home Mission Trip.