New and Notable for Lent and Easter

We’ll keep updating this list of current and recommended resources for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Video Cokesbury provides a helpful Lent Study Comparison Chart.  Adam Hamilton’s new DVD, Creed, joins favorite studies like Rob Fuquay’s The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus and What Wondrous Love featuring the art […]

Using Picture Books in Ministry

Key resources support the use of picture books in ministry, particularly on justice issues. Storypath from Union Presbyterian Seminary is a deep collection.  A video explains ways to use the site. Picture Book Theology is another helpful resource.  There is a topical index and a search function. God and Goodnight Moon connects classic children’s books […]

Resources on Dementia for Faith Communities

Updated February 2018. These resources help meet the spiritual needs of people with dementia, support family members and caregivers, and develop welcoming congregations.  Contact the RCC for more ways to support these vital ministries. Web Resources for Faith Communities from ACT on Alzheimer’s The Dementia-Friendly Church, from UMC Discipleship Ministries Dementia-Friendly Church Guide, from Livability […]

Age Inclusive Worship Resources: A Top Ten List

The Minnesota Conference UCC recently hosted a conversation on Worship Across Generations.  Jim LaDoux, author of Surface to Soul, shared ideas for creating engaging worship experiences.  We offer this top ten list of practical resources for creative, age inclusive worship.  What would you add? Carolyn Brown’s Worshiping with Children Theresa Cho’s Still Waters:  Intergenerational Worship, […]

New for Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Updated for 2016.  We’ll keep updating this list of current and recommended resources for Lent and Easter.  Cokesbury provides a helpful Lent Study Comparison Chart, featuring Adam Hamilton’s new DVD study on John and Rob Fuquay’s The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus. The Work of the People offers several […]

Including Young People with Learning Differences

Updated February 2018. CLC Network shares 7 Strategies to Equip Volunteers to Include Children and Teens with Disabilities.  CLC’s Barbara J. Newman is author of several essential resources:  Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship; G.L.U.E. Training Manual and DVD; Autism and Your Church; and Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities.  Check with us for CLC training DVDs […]

Resources for Intergenerational Faith Formation

The UCC faith formation leaders of children and youth met last month to learn about intergenerational ministry.  Here’s a list of resources we shared. Articles  From Joyce Ann Mercer:  “Cultivating a Community of Practice” From John Roberto:  “Our Future is Intergenerational” From Carol Howard Merritt’s Tribal Church:  “Fostering Intergenerational Relationships” From Sticky Faith:  “Intergenerational Ministry […]

The Families All Matter Book Project Faith-Based Guide

Many faith formation leaders know the power of reading picture books with young people.  The Families All Matter Book Project from AMAZE uses picture books to help children understand and respect families and the many cultures and experiences that shape them.  Through discussion and activities, children develop empathy, love of neighbor, skills to recognize and […]

Anti-Bullying Resources

Updated November 2016.  Bullying is receiving increased attention.  We highlight resources most useful for faith communities. Picture books can begin conversation with children.  Picture Book Theology explores several prominent titles, including Say Something by Peggy Moss.  The Families All Matter Book Project suggests books and guides discussion on ten diversity issues.  I’m Your Neighbor presents […]

On Sketchnotes and Meditative Drawing

Fans of American Public Radio’s On Being with Krista Tippett may have noted that graphic illustrator Doug Neill is now taking visual notes of the show.  These sketchnotes recall Paul Soupiset’s illustrations for Sparkhouse’s Animate DVD Study, Facilitator’s Guide and Personal Journal, and their re:form curriculum for youth:  they help us–at least, some of us–attend. […]