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New and Notable for Lent and Easter

We’ll keep updating this list of current and recommended resources for Lent, Holy Week and Easter.

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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 of John August Swanson.

The Work of the People offers several curriculum series appropriate for Lent:  To Stand Again: Practices of a Resurrected Life, In This Together, Forty Days, Sitting in the Dark, Doubt, The Art and Practice of Prayer, Faith Shift, and more.  The Way of the Heart includes films that embody ten stations of the cross, each accompanied by reflections, meditations, and blessings.  And TWOTP has gathered Films for Easter and Resurrection.

Darkwood Brew recommends Busy:  Restoring Connection to an Unhurried God and Gifts of the Dark Wood, accompanied by a Lenten Worship Series.

The Story of Easter is a DVD from Sparkhouse Family.

Randall Curtis posts videos for each day of Lent at Videos for your Soul.

Print
C.S. Lewis, Preparing for Easter (HarperCollins, 2017).
Walter Brueggemann, A Way Other Than Our Own (WJKP, 2016).  sample
John Indermark, Worship in Light of the Cross (Upper Room, 2016).
Sarah Arthur, Between Midnight and Dawn:  A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week & Eastertide (Paraclete, 2016).
Frank Rogers Jr., Compassion in Practice (Upper Room, 2016).
Marilyn E. Thornton, Plenty Good Room (Abingdon, 2016).
Laura Alary, Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter (Paraclete, 2015).
Laurence Freeman, Sensing God:  Learning to Meditate Through Lent (SPCK, 2015).
Paula Gooder, This Risen Existence (Fortress, 2015).
Trevor Hudson. Pauses for Lent (Upper Room, 2015).
Antonia Jackson, The Easter Story (Lion Hudson, 2015).
Henri Nouwen, Walk With Jesus:  Stations of the Cross (Orbis, 2015).
Bruce Reyes-Chow, 40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words (WJKP, 2015).
All Shall Be Well (Orbis, 2015).
Easter Stories (Plough, 2015).
George Hovaness Donigian, A World Worth Saving (Upper Room), 2014).
Jane Leadbetter, Messy Easter (Messy Church, 2014).
Sara Miles, City of God (Jericho, 2014).
Marjorie J. Thompson, Forgiveness (WJKP, 2014).
Essential Lent (Pilgrim, 2014).
Feasting on the Word Lenten Companion (WJKP, 2014).
Joan Chittister, The Way of the Cross (Orbis, 2013).
God for Us (Paraclete, 2013).
Church Publishing features Lenten resources.  Roger Hutchison offers an intergenerational Lenten Practice in The Painting Table.

Web
From Building Faith:  a webinar on Congregational Formation during Lent with linked resources, Ash Wednesday resources, Lent in a Bag, Creating a Lenten Prayer Space at Home and more for Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
Illustrated Children’s Ministry offers Stations of the Cross Coloring Posters, An Illustrated Lent for Churches and for Families, and An Illustrated Holy Week.
Faithful Families author Traci Smith curates  Easy Lenten Activities for Children and Families.
Jerusalem Greer gathers this list of Ideas for Lent for families.
Ideas for Observing Lent and Celebrating Easter in Year A and Lent-Easter posts are from Worshiping with Children.
Sybil MacBeth shares Lenten calendar templates at Praying in Color.
At Bless Each One, Christine V. Hides posts a Psalm a Day Lenten Devotional and more.
Family Lent Ideas, Holy Week Ideas and a printable booklet are from Flame:  Creative Children’s Ministry.
Picture Book Theology suggests children’s literature for Lent and Easter.  Storypath connects children’s literature to lectionary texts for Lent.
Interactive prayer stations for Lent, and more from Theresa Cho.
Story videos and worship stations for Lent and a Holy Week Roundup from Faith & Wonder.
Lilly Lewin’s Experiential Stations of the Cross is a free downloadable kit.
A Sanctified Art offers a bundle of resources for Lent.
Creative Youth Ministry Ideas for Lent is a free e-book from Rethinking Youth Ministry.
LEAD presents five free contemplative Lenten liturgies and accompanying coloring pages.
The SALT Project offers a Printable Lenten Booklet and a Lenten Customizable Short Film.
Poetry for Lent and Easter is gathered by Journey with Jesus.
Find resources for offering Ashes to Go.
The Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast offers daily emails and opportunities for congregational participation.
Let All of Me Kneel Before God’s Holy Name is a Lenten series from Working Preacher.
Christine Valters Painter from Abbey of the Arts presents seasonal posts including A Different Kind of Fast:  A Seven-Part Series for Lent.
Diana Butler Bass offers a 40 Day Devotional Guide to accompany Grounded.
A Lenten Photo Challenge is posted on Lent Consortium, a Facebook group.
Free downloads from Church Publishing include Formation Activities & Ideas for Lent Year A and the In Service newsletter for Lent.
From the Society of St. John the Evangelist, 5 Marks of Love is a free Lenten study including daily videos, workbooks, facilitator guide and children’s guide.
A Lent Study Guide is available for Trinity Institute 2017:  Water Justice.
Forward Movement offers Seasons of Prayer, a Lenten devotion on the themes of exile, hospitality, and immigration.
Roll Down, Justice! is a Lenten reflection including six videos with discussion guides from the UMC General Commission on Religion and Race.
A Sermon for Every Sunday offers Amy Butler’s Easter sermon, The Rest of the Story.
Lent Madness is a unique Lenten devotion.

Contact the RCC to access or consult on these resources and more:  info@rcc-mn.org.

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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 with scripture and activities.

The Best Children’s Books links picture books with topics like compassion, gratitude and kindness.

Perfect Picture Books lists recommended books by theme and includes links to discussion guides and activity ideas.

Sermon-Stories uses sacred and folk tales of many cultures to illumine lectionary texts.

Here are some excellent sources of picture books for ministry.
Brain Pickings yearly lists of best children’s books and more
Spiritual Playdate
Books for Littles
Spirituality and Practice children’s book reviews
New York Times Children’s Books section
Award winners:  Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, and more
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s books for children are particularly helpful ministry resources.

Using Picture Books to Explore Justice Issues

Doing the Word, Lesson Plans from Storypath
Lists on prejudice, tolerance and diversity; welcoming the stranger; and peace; from Storypath

Picture Book Theology presents a general lesson plan in the free sample of an ebook, 25 Books about Justice.
Find terms like justice, bullying, civil rights, immigration, refugees, and racism in PBT’s index of topics.

The Families All Matter Book Project from AMAZE suggests books on diversity/identity issues and guides discussion.  Find the faith-based curriculum guide and many of the books at the RCC.

CitizenKid books from Kids Can Press treat global issues.

I’m Your Neighbor features children’s literature on “new arrival” cultures and groups.

Cool Mom Picks lists children’s books about the immigration experience, activism, and more.

Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to be a Refugee, from Brightly

Hennepin County Library’s Black Lives Matter booklist for children and for teens

Books about Racism and Social Justice, from Common Sense Media

Thirty-five Picture Books for Young Activists, from All the Wonders

Teaching for Change Books

Homegrown Faith & Justice suggests picture books.

Raising Race Conscious Children


Ideas:

Use wondering questions.  A Storypath post suggests asking, “I wonder where God is in the story?”  Picture Book Theology lists Five Questions to Ask Any Picture Book.

Consider parent-child reading groups.

Let us know about your favorite picture books for ministry, and innovative ways you use them.  Find a curated collection, including many out-of-print titles, at the RCC.

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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

DVD Curriculum
Through the Wilderness: A Curriculum from Anne Simpson (Huff)
Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s (Paraclete)

Video
The Best Alzheimer’s Videos from Healthline
Educational Videos from the Alzheimer’s Association

In Print
Do This, Remembering Me:  The Spiritual Care of Those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Loving Someone Who Has Dementia
No Act of Love is Ever Wasted:  The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia
Seasons of Caring:  Meditations for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers, with Leader Guide
Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia         handouts
Healing Your Grieving Heart When Someone You Care About Has Alzheimer’s:  100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers
Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade:  The Five Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey
Using Godly Play with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Music & Memory resource guides

Books for Children
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?
Still My Grandma

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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, Interactive Prayer Stations

John Roberto’s Intergenerational Faith Formation:  articles on worship

James H. Ritchie, Jr.’s Always in Rehearsal

Howard A. Vanderwell’s Church of All Ages

Kimball & Lewin’s Sacred Space

Mandy Smith’s Making a Mess and Meeting God

Moran & Castle’s Brim

Northway & Schreiner’s The Rite Place

Susan K. Bock’s Liturgy for the Whole Church

For more, check this annotated bibliography, or search “intergenerational worship” at Calvin Institute for Christian Worship.  Find the resources above–including those out of print–and more at the Resource Center for Churches.  Contact us to consult:  info@rcc-mn.org.

 

 

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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 bundled curriculum series appropriate for Lent:  Forty Days, Sitting in the Dark, Doubt, The Art and Practice of Prayer, Faith Shift, and more. The Way of the Heart includes films that embody ten stations of the cross, each accompanied by reflections, meditations, and blessings.  And TWOTP has gathered Films for Easter and Resurrection.  To Stand Again:  Practices of Resurrected Life is an eight-film series.

Darkwood Brew recommends Busy:  Restoring Connection to an Unhurried God and Gifts of the Dark Wood for Lent.  Marcia McFee of the Worship Design Studio offers a Lenten Worship Series to accompany Gifts of the Dark Wood.

Trinity Institute and ChurchNext offer video-based racial justice curriculum, free for Lent.

Randall Curtis posts videos for each day of Lent at Videos for your Soul.

In Print

Sarah Arthur introduces Between Midnight and Dawn:  A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week & Eastertide (Paraclete).
Bruce Reyes-Chow’s 40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words (WJKP) and Trevor Hudson’s Pauses for Lent (Upper Room) offer devotions framed around a word.
Church Publishing features Lenten resources that include Under the Fig Tree:  Visual Prayers and Poems for Lent by Roger Hutchison and Love Life Live Lent booklets for adults and children.  Hutchison offers an intergenerational Lenten Practice in The Painting Table.
Feasting on the Word Lenten Companion is a resource for preaching and worship.
Jane Leadbetter’s Messy Easter (Messy Church) contains three complete sessions and a trove of ideas.
All Shall Be Well (Orbis) includes classical and contemporary readings for the season.
Essential Lent: Holy Moments and Sacred Experiences for Your Whole Congregation (Pilgrim) engages all ages.
Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter (Paraclete) by Laura Alary teaches children to make a welcoming space for God.
The Easter Story by Antonia Jackson and Giuliano Ferri is a picture book.  Easter Stories is an anthology of classic stories for all ages.

On the Web

From Building Faith:  Lent in a Bag,  Creating a Lenten Prayer Space at Home and more for Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
Ideas for Observing Lent and Celebrating Easter in Year C and Lent-Easter posts from Worshiping with Children.
Christian Formation Ideas for Lent Year C and Easter C from Church Publishing.
Sybil MacBeth shares templates for Lenten calendars at Praying in Color.
Family Lent Ideas, Holy Week Ideas and a printable booklet from Flame:  Creative Children’s Ministry.
DIY Easter eggs, from The SALT Project.
GodVenture provides activities for Lent and Easter.
Picture Book Theology suggests children’s literature for Lent and Easter.
Interactive prayer stations for Lent, and more from Theresa Cho.
Story videos and worship stations for Lent and a Holy Week Roundup from Faith & Wonder.
Roots offers a simple worship activity for each week of Lent, and acts of worship for church or home for each day of Holy Week.
Sharing Lent and Easter with Children 2016 is from Kids Friendly.
With Grow Christians, Episcopalians blog about practicing faith at home.
Jerusalem Greer has assembled this list of Ideas for Lent for families.
Posts for Lent, from Hope4CE.
Lent and Easter Resources from UMC Ministry with Children.
Lent – Our Way is a free at-home resource from Candle Press.
Seamless Faith author Traci Smith offers a Lenten calendar.
Posts for Lent, from Practicing Families.  Join the conversation on their Facebook group.
The Diocese of Winchester offers a free Lent course in the Benedictine tradition for all ages.
Ideas for Lent, from Faith in Homes.
Illustrated Children’s Ministry offers Lenten Coloring Posters and An Illustrated Lent.
Resources for Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, from Spiritual Child Network.
Jenifer Gamber provides a downloadable Lenten Giving Calendar.
Journey through Lent 2016 is an app from Forward Movement.
A Stations of the Cross video narrated by children for families to watch at home, from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
Lilly Lewin’s Experiential Stations of the Cross is a free downloadable kit.
Creative Youth Ministry Ideas for Lent is a free e-book from Rethinking Youth Ministry.
A Sermon for Every Sunday offers Amy Butler’s Easter sermon, The Rest of the Story.
Poetry for Lent and Easter from Journey with Jesus.
Find resources for offering Ashes to Go.
The Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast offers daily emails and opportunities for congregational participation.
Growing a Rule of Life is a Lenten series for individuals and adults from The Society of Saint John the Evangelist.  A daily email with a short video is accompanied by a free downloadable workbook and facilitator’s guide–and there is a guide for kids, too.  
Lent C, from The Text This Week.
Video-based racial justice curriculum from Trinity Institute and ChurchNext is free for Lent.
Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts offers a Lenten series,  A Different Kind of Fast.
Lent Consortium is a public Facebook group.
Resources for Lent and Easter, from Faith & Leadership.
Sensing the Gospel is a five-part series of meditations for Lent from Matthew L. Skinner and Working Preacher.
40 Notes in 40 Days is a project from The Fat Pastor.
Center for Progressive Renewal presents a free webinar on making worship visual for Lent.
Repairing the Breach: Discipleship and Mission in a Global Economy provides daily meditations and videos from The Episcopal Church.
Lent and Easter resources from Discipleship Ministries of the UMC.
Holy Week Explained is a series of short videos from Trinity Wall Street.
Mustard Seed Associates present Creative Exercises for Lent and more.
Church Marketing Sucks presents ideas for Lent and Easter.
Patheos offers a progressive Christian round-up for Lent.
Ash Wednesday and Lent in Two Minutes from Busted Halo.
Forty Days for Food Justice is a free, online resource.
50 Days of Fabulous provides daily readings and reflections during Eastertide.
Lent Madness is unique.

 

 

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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 and more.

Welcoming People with Developmental Disabilities and their Families:  A Practical Guide for Congregations is a free download from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

Faith Formation Learning Exchange shares a collection of resources for special needs ministry featuring Erik W. Carter’s Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities, Benjamin T. Connor’s Amplifying Our Witness:  Giving Voice to Adolescents with Disabilities, and Susan Richardson’s Child by Child:  Supporting Children with Learning Differences and Their Families.  Carter suggests ten simple ways to create a sense of belonging for children and adults with disabilities and more.

Amy Fenton Lee shares ideas in Leading a Special Needs Ministry; a DVD, Surviving to Thriving:  Successfully Including the Child with Special Needs; posts from Fuller Youth Institute; and her blog, The Inclusive Church.

Every Child Can Bloom In the Inclusive Classroom by Naomi Mitchum is a quick look handbook for Sunday school teachers.

The Promise of Disability is a Princeton IYM Blog Series.  The Disability & Faith Forum offers a summary of Princeton’s 2018 Disability & Youth Ministry Conference.

Autism Speaks provides resources for religious communities and religious resources.

The Inclusion Handbook from the Christian Reformed and Reformed Church in America Disability Concerns is available for free download.

Red Fish Theology by Leslie Neugent is a how-to guide for offering an inclusive worship service with the special needs community.  Neugent leads Parables, a “special-needs friendly” weekly worship service at Wayzata Community Church.
Rhythms of Grace guides the planning of a monthly worship and faith formation experience for children and families living with autism spectrum disorders.

Flames is a free faith development and confirmation curriculum for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities, from the UMC Disabilities Ministries Committee.

The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc supports parents.

The Autism Shop in Minnetonka offers hundreds of sensory toys and tools.

As a grateful recipient of a grant from the PTCA Disabilities Concerns Mission Team, the RCC has a curated collection of picture books, curricula, and other resources that support faith communities as they welcome people of all abilities.  Contact us:  info@rcc-mn.org.

 

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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 Beyond the Rhetoric”
“Five Keys for Effective Mentoring”

From Ministry Matters“Congregations as Families of Faith:  Beyond Age-Level Ministries”

From Csinos and Beckwith’s Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus:  chapter 9 is readable in full here

From Rethinking Youth Ministry:  “10 Ideas for Creating Cross-Generational Youth Ministry”

and a website:  Worshiping with Children

Books

Susan K. Bock, Liturgy for the Whole Church, Church Publishing, Inc., 2008

Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross, Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship, IVP Academic, 2012.  See especially Part Four and Appendix material.

Curriculum

Faith Practices

Faith Inkubators

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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 challenge bias and mistreatment, and a passion for justice.  The books focus on ten diversity issues:  families are different, race/ethnicity, divorce and break-ups, lesbian and gay family members, socioeconomics, immigration, adoption, disability, aging, and religion.

The new Christian Faith-Based Curriculum Guide, offering additional questions that invite discussion of Christian stories and themes, is available for preview at the RCC.  Members may borrow many of the picture books, with discussion questions and activities.

The Families All Matter Early Childhood Anti-Bias Curriculum is also available for preview.  This guide also uses picture books to help preschoolers gain insights about themselves and their families, accept people who are different from them, and learn ways to have a positive impact when bias and unfairness occur.

 

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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 books that build bridges between “new arrivals” and “long-term communities.”

We Stand With Love offers curricula:  Be an Upstander, Not a Bystander and Six Simple Ways to Be an Ally.

Confirm not Conform presents resources for Offering an Intergenerational Anti-Bullying Workshop, including Where All Can Safely Live, a free downloadable intergenerational curriculum from Reconciling Works:  Lutherans for Full Participation.

Lee Hirsch’s acclaimed Bully (PG-13) follows five kids and families over the course of a school year.  Intimate and shocking, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide, and a 14-year-old girl incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus.  The films’ website offers a film guide and toolkits for educators, parents, students, and special needs.  The following are particularly helpful tools:

What is Bullying?
Student Discussion Action Guide
Internet Safety Strategies for Youth
Ten Ways to be an Upstander
Empowering Bystanders
What Do You Say To ‘That’s So Gay’…
The Parent Action Toolkit
Ten Actions ALL Parents Can Take to Help Eliminate Bullying
Cyberbullying Prevention and Intervention Tips for Families
Creating Just and Caring Communities:  A Roadmap for Parents
When the Advice is Ineffective

The film’s companion book offers deeper resources, including an extensive list of websites.  Among them is the federal government site, Stop Bullying.

Teaching Tolerance lists a wide selection of anti-bullying resources.  Common Sense Media collects resources on cyberbullying.  Free Spirit publishes resources on bullying prevention and conflict resolution.

One World, One Heart Beating presents Bullying Awareness Lesson Plans.

Rethinking Youth Ministry has posted a six-part series on Teens, Bullying and Suicide.  The It Gets Better Project is also a powerful tool for youth ministry.

In the New York Times, Andrew Solomon reviews Emily Bazelon’s Sticks and Stones:  Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House, 2013).  This short video clip from Bazelon is a useful beginning for conversation in community.  Her book joins several other recent volumes:  Carrie Goldman’s Bullied:  What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear (HarperOne, 2012) and Barbara Coloroso’s The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander (William Morrow, 2009) are fine recommendations for parentsRosalind Wiseman has written many resources on Creating a Culture of Dignity.

The RCC has long recommended Bullied from Teaching Tolerance, Let’s Get Real from Groundspark, Stop Bullying: Standing Up for Yourself and Others from Paraclete, and Bullying: What Every Adult Needs to Know, also from Paraclete.  Church is a vital context for education around bullying.  Contact the RCC to access resources or consult.

 

 

 

 

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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.

Many forms of spiritual drawing or coloring invite everyone, regardless of skill level.  Zentangle is a way to practice focus and meditation through drawing by using repetitive patterns.  (Their YouTube channel is here.)  Kass Hall’s Zentangle Untangled:  Inspiration and Prompts for Meditative Drawing (North Light Books, 2012) and Beckah Krahula’s One Zentangle a Day:  a 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun (Quarry Books, 2012) provide guidance.

Journey-In:  A Meditative Coloring Journal (Janelle Sundberg and Michelle Ahlquist, Journey-In, 2006) suggests users write an intention to meditate upon while coloring.  From the website:

Journal space is provided for insights, ideas, thoughts, or whatever comes to you during your coloring time.  Sometimes people get clear ideas, others may receive a few words or just flashes of thought, and some will have a feeling, while others may see pictures or symbols.  Don’t dismiss anything.  What may seem insignificant maybe a huge insight to your prayer.  Write it down and keep coloring.  It is amazing how little ideas can expand when you allow your mind the freedom to wander.

And Sybil MacBeth’s Praying in Color materials from Paraclete Press, including books and DVDs for young people, men, and everyone, recommend doodling as a form of prayer.  Instructional videos are here.

Apparently, a lot of people are finding these art forms engaging; perhaps a pad and a pen belong with service books and hymnals in the pew.  Find these materials and a wealth of ideas and resources for spiritual practice at the RCC.