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The Invisible String Workbook:  Creative Activities to Comfort, Calm, and Connect (Little, Brown) by Patrice Karst and Dana Wyss accompanies Karst’s The Invisible String.  The Invisible Leash helps readers through the loss of a pet.  The Invisible Web is forthcoming.

In The Walk (Abingdon), Adam Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices.  The six-session DVD has a companion Leader Guide, book, Youth Study Book, and Children’s Leader Guide.

Featuring many voices, Adventus is a 30-minute film with a discussion/discernment/practice guide from The Work of the People.

Upcoming events:  Karen P. Oliveto will give the Spring Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought February 25.  Oliveto is the author of Our Strangely Warmed Hearts (Abindgon, 2018) and Together at the Table (WJKP, 2018).  Forty faith leaders will share practical advice and actionable steps at the Courageous Faith Summit, a virtual gathering March 9-20.  Watch it live free of charge.

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Beacon, 2019) by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and the version for young people are accompanied by a faith-based discussion guide by Gail Forsyth-Vail.

Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints (Watchfire) by Daneen Akers is an illustrated book for children that features people of faith, often written out of religious narratives, who spoke truth to power.  Other titles release today:
Robert H. Albers (ed.), Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families, Second Edition (Fortress)
Nancy J. Ramsay (ed.), Military Moral Injury and Spiritual Care (Chalice)
Gail Ramshaw, Word of God, Word of Life:  Understanding the Three-Year Lectionaries (Augsburg Fortress)
Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource:  Preaching the Psalms and Year A Part 2 (Abingdon)
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Revolution of Values (IVP)
April Yamasaki, Christ is For Us:  A Lenten Study (Abingdon)
The Revised New Jerusalem Bible Study Edition (Image)

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A free discussion guide to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood from Discipleship Ministries is one of many resources about Fred Rogers.  A video series and intergenerational curriculum are forthcoming from The Thoughtful Christian.  Faith & Leadership and The New York Times Magazine join the conversation.

Our Whole Lives:  Sexuality Education for Older Adults by Melanie Davis is accompanied by Sexuality and Our Faith for Older Adults by Judith Galas and Richard S. Kimball.  Davis shares sexuality education resources.

Planning Sabbaticals (Chalice) by Robert C. Salar is a practical guide that approaches the experience with the congregation in mind.  Salar directs the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program.

Traci Smith posts Five Simple Ways to Use Picture Books During Advent for All Ages Ministry.  Illustrated Ministry introduces an Illustrated Christmas Children’s Worship Bulletin.  Messy Church USA shares DIY Nativity Story Stones supporting storytelling with children.  Living Well Through Advent Devotional and Facilitator’s Guide are free to download from Living Compass.  Missional Wisdom Foundation presents resources for Advent study.

As spiritual leaders, how do we talk, preach, and teach about impeachment with our communities?  Impeachment:  A Sacred Conversation about Faith and Public Life at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is November 25:  join us.

Mental Health Ministries shares resources on coping with the holidays.  In The Art of Gathering (Riverhead, 2018), Priya Parker explores the benefits of sharing a meal.

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For the Beauty of the Earth (Chalice) by Leah D. Schade is a Lenten devotional including 50 ways to honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Schade is editor of Rooted & Rising:  Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis (Rowman & Littlefield), and author of Creation-Crisis Preaching (Chalice) and Preaching in the Purple Zone (Rowman & Littlefield).

Story and Stretch lessons for Advent from Michel Le Gribble-Dates align the lectionary texts with yoga to guide all ages to a deeper embodiment of their faith.  More liturgical yoga lessons are forthcoming.  Gribble-Dates also offers Story & Stretch guides to teaching children Bible stories using yoga.
Jesse Tree:  God’s Big Advent Story  is a free download using the story symbols from the Dwell curriculum from Faith Alive; Karen Deboer adds ideas.  Praying in Color presents this year’s free Advent calendar templates and paper chains.  Shawna Bowman and Alex Wirth offer Analog Advent worship resources.

From Teaching Tolerance, Reading Together is a free downloadable guide for planning and leading an intergenerational social justice reading group with children.

Parker Palmer will speak at the Westminster Town Hall Forum November 16.  Presentations are archived.  Palmer provides resources for Healing the Heart of Democracy and offers the Circle of Trust approach to create safe space.

Q Christian Fellowship offers Affirmation and Relational Guides on Sexuality and Spirituality, Trans and Gender-Expansive Identities, and Parents of Newly Out LGBTQ+ People.

Seven Self-Care Tips for Clergy who Engage Trauma are from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.  PC(USA) News explores the emotional health of ministry leaders.   Wellbeing Wednesday is November 13 at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities:  join us.

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In Caring (Abingdon), Denise Massey outlines six steps for effective pastoral conversations that coach people to access their own spiritual and personal resources.
Karen Armstrong’s The Lost Art of Scripture (Knopf) and David Kessler’s Finding Meaning (Scribner) also release today.

What to Consider When Acknowledging You Are On Stolen Indigenous Lands is a post from Healing Minnesota Stories.  On Being shares resources.  Healing  Minnesota Stories offers Sacred Site Tours.

Theresa Cho explores moving through a pastoral transition by telling stories in a series of posts, What Is Your Story?  Cho shares ideas for intergenerational worship and prayer stations at Still Waters.

Syria: The Burden of Memory and The Hope of the Gospel is a study guide with a leader guide and resources from the Syria Lebanon Partnership Network of the PC(USA).

David R. Brubaker explores leadership in an age of polarization in When the Center Does Not Hold (Fortress).  Congregational Consulting Group posts a series on polarization by Brubaker and others.  Why Congregations Exist is his most recent post.

Beyond Belief, a six session DVD study from Living the Questions, contains core teachings and never-before-seen material of Marcus Borg and commentary from Marianne Borg.

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Featured in Spirituality and Practice, You Are Never Alone (Owlkids) by Elin Kelsey is a lyrical and scientific exploration of how nature supports and sustains us.  A teacher’s guide and short video are available.  Kelsey is author of You Are Stardust (Owlkids, 2012).

The Work of the People introduces films featuring Enneagram Master Suzanne Stabile.  Stabile offers a podcast and a twelve-session DVD curriculum, The Enneagram Journey.  Enneagram Today, a collection of resources curated by IVP, shares Stabile’s article, The Enneagram for Pastors.  The Sacred Enneagram Workbook (Zondervan) by Christopher L. Heuertz releases in November.

Today’s Helping Churches Talk About Racism presented by Carolyn B. Helsel is one of many Presbyterian Outlook webinars available for replay.  Helsel discusses Race and Gratitude on The Distillery podcast.  She is the author of Anxious to Talk about It (Chalice, 2018), Preaching about Racism (Chalice, 2018), and the forthcoming The ABCs of Diversity:  Helping Kids Embrace Our Differences (Chalice, 2020).

Diane Alber’s Inspire to Create (A Better You) Series (Diane Alber Art) helps children identify, visualize and manage emotions like anxiety, confidence, and love.

Rollbacks:  An Assault Against Life on Earth is a free 30-minute film from Old Dog Documentaries.  A discussion guide is available on request.

Building Faith shares examples of bulletins with sidebars that teach.

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Advent and Christmas resources continue to appear.  Jan Richardson offers an online retreat and more.  With the theme In Light & Darkness, Illustrated Ministry presents family, intergenerational, and Shadow Box Theater resources.  Traci Smith creates a printable family practices calendar.  Families Celebrate Advent & Christmas (Augsburg Fortress) is a deck of cards with rituals, prayers, and more.  Beaming introduces seasonal books.  Calvin Institute of Christian Worship posts an Advent Resource Guide.  Upper Room presents an e-course for Advent, Child of the Light.

Flourishing in Ministry (Rowman & Littlefield) by Matt Bloom includes practical advice.  Faith & Leadership shares four key strategies.  October 30 is Wellbeing Wednesday at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities:  join us.

Inspired by Psalm 139, Nancy White Carlstrom’s Before You Were Born (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers) is now a board book.  Traci Smith recommends board books by Glenys Nellist, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, and Desmond Tutu.

Creators of The People’s Supper resources, Jennifer Bailey and Lennon Flowers are featured on On Being.

Cross+Generational Worship Planning is a workshop with Heather Roth Johnson and Jen Rome November 4.

In Ash & Starlight (Chalice), Arianne Braithwaite Lehn provides prayers drawn from the everyday.  Other titles released this busy month include
Broken We Kneel:  Reflections on Faith and Citizenship (Church, 2nd ed.) by Diana Butler Bass
Miracles and Other Reasonable Things (Howard) by Sarah Bessey
Worship Like Jesus (Abingdon) by Constance M. Cherry
Active Faith (Abingdon) by Paul W. Chilcote
Beyond the Tyranny of the Text:  Preaching in Front of the Bible to Create a New World (Abingdon) by James Henry Harris
Activist Theology (Fortress) by Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
What Do Our Neighbors Believe? (WJKP, 2nd ed.) by John Kaltner and others
How Change Comes to Your Church (Eerdmans) by Patrick Keifert and Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
Going Naked:  The Camino de Santiago & Life as Pilgrimage (Mystic Soul) by Teresa Mateus
The Galapagos Islands (Fortress) by Brian D. McLaren
Hidden Heart of the Cosmos (Orbis, revised) by Brian Thomas Swimme
I Bring the Voices of My People:  A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation (Eerdmans) by Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Holy Disunity (WJKP) by Layton E. Williams

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In When Kids Ask Hard Questions (Chalice), ed. Bromleigh McCleneghan and Karen Ware Jackson, a diverse group of young parents, pastors, and experts address bodies, gender, race, bullying, suicide, mental illness, death, divorce, money, generosity, technology, faith, and more.  Jackson shares ideas for creative intergenerational worship and interactive preaching.

Drawing God (Paraclete) by Karen Kiefer is accompanied by an idea kit for World Drawing God Day, November 7.

The Yale Bible Study is a free video-based series with study guides and discussion questions.

Joyce Mercer tells How to Trace the River of Your Life in a short video and guide from On Being.  See our post for more ways to share faith stories.

Implicit Bias:  What We Don’t Think We Think, a free online on-demand course that includes content for preachers from the General Commission on Religion & Race of the UMC, is also available through the Center for Progressive Renewal.  The Christian Century discusses implicit bias.

In Trauma-Informed Congregations and Worship and Faith-Based Healing from Trauma, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship shares resources.

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Reimagining the Spirit:  A Conversation with Grace Ji-Sun Kim at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities October 15 is free and open to the public.  Her Reimagining Spirit:  Wind, Breath, and Vibration (Cascade) is forthcoming.  Kim will be the keynote presenter at The ConNext Summit October 13-15.

With diverse contributors, Keep Watch with Me:  An Advent Reader for Peacemakers (Abingdon) by Claire Brown and Michael T. McRay offers stories, reflections, prayers, and spiritual practices to sustain and challenge the faith of those who work for justice and peace.  Contact us for more Advent resources.

Resources for Lent are appearing.  We are Beloved:  A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room) by Kristen E. Vincent includes a leader guide for small groups.  Rob Fuquay introduces a DVD study, The Passion Play:  Living the Story of Christ’s Last Days (Abingdon).

A Map into the World (Carolrhoda, ages 5-9) by Kao Kalia Yang and The World of the Old Testament (Beaming, ages 9-13) by Marc Olson release today.

Walter Brueggemann shares reflections on preaching in a free ebook from Working Preacher.  He introduces From Judgment to Hope and The On-Going Conversation (WJKP) this month.

In Love and Quasars (Fortress), astrophysicist Paul Wallace reconciles faith and science.  Author of Stars Beneath Us:  Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos (Fortress), Wallace is featured in the free video curriculum from Science for Youth Ministry.  Down the Wormhole is a podcast exploring science and faith.

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Sara Thomsen, Ritual Leader at The ConNext Summit in October, will explore the art and practice of community singing in a workshop, Songs Like Seeds:  Planting Hope Note by Note.  Listen.  Join us.

Picturing God (Beaming, ages 5-8) by Ruth Goring is accompanied by a discussion guide.

A School-to-Prison Pipeline Bible Study is offered by United Methodist Women.

Building Faith shares a 30-Day Confirmation Challenge that fosters churchwide engagement and ways to bring Godly Play to large groups.

Vibrant Faith’s Creating a Culture of Calling Project posts resources to help people discover God’s calling through major life transitions, age-level resources, and more.

Children’s Sabbath resources from the Children’s Defense Fund are free downloads.

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In Ministry with the Forgotten (Abingdon), Kenneth L. Carder views dementia through a spiritual lens.  He offers a free video study and reflections on dementia.  His work is featured in the current issue of Circuit Rider on Pastoral Care with the Forgotten.  Discipleship Ministries provides a webinar series.  Faith & Leadership explores dementia ministry, featuring resources from Due West UMC.

Mark Yaconelli will present several Storytelling Workshops October 3-6 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Yaconelli is the author of Contemplative Youth Ministry (Zondervan 2006).

Raising Disiciples (Herald) by curriculum developer Natalie Frisk outlines how parents can make openings for their children to experience God.  Parenting Forward is an online conference September 23-27.

Featuring Chuck of Chuck Knows Church, The Committee Teaching Series from Discipleship Ministries is a free 16-session online video-based course designed to help congregations as they move toward a preferred future.

Profiled in Faith & Leadership, the Boston Faith & Justice Network offers Lazarus at the Gate, a free small group curriculum exploring economic discipleship.

Children’s books released today include The Night of His Birth (Flyaway, ages 6-10) by Katherine Paterson, The Family Time Bible (Beaming, ages 4-8) by Mary Manz Simon, and I am Love (Abrams, ages 3-7) by Susan Verde.  Spirituality titles include Henri J.M. Nouwen’s Following Jesus:  Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety (Convergent), Stay Curious (Fortress) by Stephanie Williams O’Brien, and Courage to See (WJKP) by Greg Garrett and Sabrina Fountain, a daily devotional pairing selections from literature and Scripture.  The Six Themes Everyone Should Know series (Geneva) adds volumes.  Peter Enns and Jared Byas publish Genesis for Normal People. Donna Barber contributes Bread for the Resistance:  Forty Devotions for Justice People (IVP).

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