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Inspired by real-life events, For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World (Flyaway) looks at one family’s response to racism and gun violence. (Includes a discussion guide created by the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville , KY).

the colors of culture (InterVarsity) shows the beauty of diverse friendships and the risks inherent in them. Readers are empowered to initiate culturally diverse relationships; learn to treat people with value and worth; and step away from cultural assumptions toward humility.

Encouragement for kindness and growth can also be found in The Mister Rogers Effect: 7 Secrets to Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others from America’s Beloved Neighbor (Baker).

Empower your teens to navigate emotions through self-reflection with the simple journal prompts, art project ideas and writing offered in Dream Up Now: The Teen Journal for Creative Self-Discovery (Free Spirit).

Congregational empowerment comes from Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity (Broadleaf), Might from the Margins: The Gospel’s Power to Turn the Tables on Injustice (MennoMedia) and Brave Talk: Building Resilient Relationships in the Face of Conflict (Broadleaf).

For a deeper dive in congregational and leadership encouragement, join Presbyterian Outlook for Holy Imagination + Race: How the Church Can Be a Healing Force in America’s Racial Divide, the Damascus Project’s Being a Faith Change Agent, or for a more rest and renewal approach, join The MN Conference (UCC) Outdoor Ministry for three monthly Contemplative Gathering Retreats starting October 17.

Empower and engage all ages with Michelle Gribble-Dates’ Liturgical Yoga series for the month of September: “Choose Love” connects the children’s book Elizabeti’s School to Matthew 21:23-32 (for Sept. 27); “Stepping Into the Unknown” pairs Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach with Exodus 16:2-15 (for Sept. 20); “Live and Let Live” uses The Grumpy Pets to explore Romans 14:1-12 (for Sept. 13) and “Work It Out” used Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse to explore Matthew 18:15-20 (Sept. 6).

Inspire your whole community to work toward water-wellness with Growing Green Hearts’ Water Where We Live: Rain Gardens for Churches: Get inspired with Water Story of Rain Gardens at Macalester Plymouth United Church; join their Rain Gardens & Maintenance Workshop with Capitol Region Watershed District; and/or participate in their Rain Gardens for Churches Lunch’N’Learn (contact Emily for the zoom link).