Six New Things

Forming community can be as simple as this: Read a Book with Me (Beaming) reminds us of the power of stories to bring us together…

…and Antiracist Baby (Kokila) – well, the title and cover image sum it up…

Other community-building and enriching works for young readers: Someday We Will: A Book for Grandparents and Grandchildren (Beaming); You Matter (Atheneum), a picture book about seeing the world from different perspectives; and Carole Lindstrom‘s (author; Anishinabe/Métis) and Michaela Goade‘s (illustrator; Raven moiety and Kiks.ádi Clan) We Are Water Protectors (Roaring Brook).

Tweens, teens and young adults may find inspiration in Brit Barron’s Worth It: Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made for (Broadleaf), a memoir encouraging folks to embrace their full identity.

Soooo many resources for enriching your faith community:

Emerge | Blessings and Rituals for Unsheltering (Pilgrim/Still Speaking Writers’ Guild); Illustrated Ministry & Virginia Theological Seminary’s Building Faith: Blessing of the Devices; OnBeing’s Navigating Loss without Closure: Krista Tippet w/ Pauline Boss; and Leadership Center for Churches’ 3 Strategies for Doing Church Online all address this time of uncertain transition for congregations.

To deepen, broaden and/or strengthen yours and your leaders’ ministries, consider these fine series: The Damascus Project’s Faith Foundations I and Leadership Skills; Paraclete Press’s Online Summer Retreat Series; Church Anew’s Being Church Today, featuring: Diana Butler Bass, Dr. Joy Moore, Eric D. Barreto, Mihee Kim-Kort, Rozella Haydée White, Ulysses Burley III, Brian McLaren, Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Emmy Kegler presenting in a short-form format and including voices of local leaders speaking to “how the church can lead in a time like this”; LeaderWise’s numerous leadership training and sustaining offers; and don’t miss Rev. Jia Starr Brown’s Journey to Freedom: Embracing God’s Cultural Mosaic of People (The Ministry Lab and United Theological Seminary are proud sponsors of this one!!).