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This week’s ON Scripture package is Trump’s Inauguration and Conflicted Hope in a Divided Christianity, commentary by Billy Honor with Bible study questions and a companion video.  Recommended readings include The Third Reconstruction (Beacon) by William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove; the UUA provides a discussion guide and a video with Barber.

Illustrated Children’s Ministry offers Stations of the Cross Coloring Posters, An Illustrated Lent for Families, and more.  Contact the RCC to consult on resources for Lent.

Christine V. Hides shares intergenerational learning and prayer stations on Syria, a Bible chatterbox discussion tool, and more on her blog, Bless Each One.

Westminster Town Hall Forum’s spring season features Otis Moss III, author of Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World:  Finding Hope in an Age of Despair (WJKP).  Moss provides guidance on preaching economics, preaching like MLK Jr., and finding your voice at Working Preacher.

Repairing the Heart of Democracy is this week’s free lesson plan on Parker Palmer’s Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy from the Global Oneness Project.  The Global Oneness Project offers lesson plans with films and photo essays on migration, climate change, inspiring people, and more.

A video conversation and discussion guide exploring Silence, Martin Scorsese’s film based on Shusaku Endo’s novel, is presented by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Author Makoto Fujimura offers video reflections and a discussion guide.  Fuller Studio hosts A Conversation with Martin Scorsese About Faith and Film.

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A sample of 25 Picture Books About Justice, an ebook from Picture Book Theology, offers a general lesson plan and reviews three books, including Young Martin’s Promise (Steck-Vaughn) by Walter Dean Myers.  Recent RCC user recommendations include Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Sit-In:  How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Little, Brown) and We March (Macmillan) by Shane W. Evans.  National Book Award winner March (Top Shelf), the graphic novel memoir from John Lewis, is accompanied by reading guides.  And Practicing Families posts family liturgies for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Center for Progressive Renewal has partnered with Faith Works to offer free small group, worship, and children’s faith formation resources for January on the theme of prophecy.

The Best VBS Workbook Ever! (Church) by Lisa Brown provides tools to design a creative program.  Contact Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant and Trainer Jan Russell at jrussell@cokesbury.com to explore 2017 VBS programs.

To Whom Does My Body Belong? is part of a blog series on Recovering the Imago Dei for Girls from the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

What Would Luther Do Today? with Elizabeth Eaton is a free online course from ChurchNext January 16-30.

The Young Clergy Women Project shares favorite organizational tools in App-y New Year.

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The Story of Christmas from Sparkhouse Family is an animated video based on the Spark Story Bible.  In Faith & Leadership, Meredith Williams tells about a Chrismons ministry; contact the RCC for instructions.  See our growing list of seasonal resources.

Exploring lectio divina, yoga, and breath prayer, Whitney R. Simpson provides a 40-day guide in Holy Listening with Breath, Body and the Spirit (Upper Room).

Amanda Drury discusses telling and listening to our stories in several short videos from Yale Youth Ministry Institute.  Drury’s Saying Is Believing (IVP) recommends testimony as an essential practice for adolescent spiritual development.

In The E-Giving Guide for Every Church (Abingdon), Richard Rogers encourages leaders to use digital tools to grow ministry.  The Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary presents a webinar on digital stewardship.

Yvette Flunder speaks on Preaching at the Margins for Working Preacher’s Preaching Moment series.  Working Preacher also offers a free ebook on Preaching Year A.

The Work of Solidarity is a Ministry Matters interview with Hannah Adair Bonner, Curator of The Shout, an arts and justice movement.   Bonner is author of a DVD study, The Shout: Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexpected Places, which features poets and other artists responding to questions:  Where is justice?  Who is your family?  What is freedom?  Who deserves our respect?  How much is enough?  How can we be whole?

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Refuge (Nosy Cow) by Anne Booth and Sam Usher reminds us that Jesus, Mary and Joseph were refugees who relied on the kindness of strangers.  Thirty Seconds or Less hosts short Advent videos with discussion questions.  And our list of resources for Advent and Christmas continues to grow.

CLC Network shares 7 Strategies to Equip Volunteers to Include Children and Teens with Disabilities.  CLC’s Inclusive Worship Kit, picture books about disability, resources to assist young people with anxiety and stress, and more will soon deepen RCC’s collection, thanks to a generous grant from the Disability Concerns Mission Team of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area.

RevGals Anti-Racism Project is hosting a discussion of Debby Irving’s Waking Up White, providing questions for reflection and conversation.  See their list of Anti-Racism Resources.

Dan Hotchkiss of Congregational Consulting Group describes a simple approach to team building.  John Wimberly of CCG recommends teams in Mobilizing Congregations (Rowman & Littlefield).

In The Bible and the Transgender Experience (Pilgrim), Linda Tatro Herzer explores scriptural support for gender variance. Giving voice to transgender people of faith, Voices of Witness is a short documentary with study materials.  Transforming Families Minnesota presents resources for families with transgender and gender nonconforming youth.  And Publisher’s Weekly lists 10 Essential Books for Parents of Transgender Children.

Wanted: Leaders to Turn Interfaith Conflict into Trust is a New York Times interview with Interfaith Leadership (Beacon) author Eboo Patel.  Patel discusses How to Live Beyond this Election with On Being.  His Embracing Interfaith Cooperation is a DVD study for churches.

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Our list of Advent resources continues to grow.  Karen Ware Jackson posts Preparing for Christmas: A Guide for Busy Families.  In Posadas: A Lesson in Hospitality, Hugo Olaiz suggests three ways for families to participate in a Posada, linking Room in the Inn: Ideas for Celebrating Posadas, a free guide from Forward Movement.

Confirm not Conform presents resources for Offering an Intergenerational Anti-Bullying Workshop, including an infographic on what to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harrassment.  Confirm not Conform, a confirmation program in five versions, is now joined by other denominational options:   Confirm from Cokesbury, Colaborate from Sparkhouse, and Theocademy Confirmation, a video-based resource for Presbyterians.  The Confirmation Project offers several portraits of diverse confirmation programs, webinars and other resources.

Small(er) Church Youth Ministry: No Staff, No Money, No Problem! (Abingdon) by Brad Fiscus includes discussion questions and 50 quick tips.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a growing collection of resources from FaithTrust Institute featuring an infographic on three ways to assist survivors, a conversation about Trauma and Recovery with author Judith Herman and Marie Fortune, and more.  FaithTrust Institute also hosts free webinars and an online book group.

In Native Americans, the Mainline Church, and the Quest for Interracial Justice (Chalice), David Phillips Hansen presents faith communities a new model for interracial justice.  Hansen posts on Standing Rock.

Creed:  What Christians Believe and Why, a DVD-based study from Adam Hamilton, includes materials for children, youth and adults.

Contact us with any resource questions:  info@rcc-mn.orgWe are open for faith formation leaders on the first Thursday of the month, December 1, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  And please note that we will be closed December 20-30, reopening on Tuesday January 3. 

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Sharon Seyfarth Garner’s Praying with Mandalas (Upper Room) blends contemplative coloring with four practices:  lectio divina, intercessory prayer, centering prayer, and the Examen.  Upper Room’s Voices blog provides additional Mandala resources.  100mandalas.com presents several videos on how to draw mandalas.

Supporting the church’s response to a surge in reports of harassment and intimidation, Hanna Schock of Picture Book Theology reviews key anti-bullying resources for children:  Say Something by Peggy Moss, Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Desmond Tutu, titles by Trudy Ludwig and Patricia Polacco, and more.  See our updated list of resources on bullying.

Produced by Micah Challenge, For the Love Of is a video exploring the journey of four worship artists to Paris for COP21 to learn about how climate change is affecting impoverished people.  The Climate Witness Project of the Christian Reformed Church offers a downloadable group study guide.

The RCC now has three canvas labyrinths to loan to member churches:  a 20-foot VisionQuest, a 30-foot Chartres, and a 35-foot Chartres recently donated by Andrew Riverside Presbyterian Church.  The Labyrinth Society offers resources, including activities for children.

From Illustrated Children’s Ministry, An Illustrated Advent for Families includes devotions, coloring sheets, an Advent calendar, and a build-a-nativity activity.  Digital files for coloring posters, coloring sheets and worship resources are also available.  See our growing list of resources for Advent and Christmas for more.

The Real Thanksgiving Story from Moyers & Company excerpts All the Real Indians Died Off” And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (Beacon) by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker.

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Jan Richardson’s The Cure for Sorrow (Wanton Gospeller), a book of blessings for times of grief, follows her Circle of Grace, a book of blessings for the seasons.  She blogs at The Painted Prayerbook and The Advent Door.  Note Advent resources from Richardson and others in our growing collection.

ON Scripture contributors Onleilove Alston, Walter Brueggemann, Verity Jones, Jim Kast-Keat and others reflect on what it means to be a person of faith and how to move forward as a country.  Keith Anderson, author of The Digital Cathedral, provides study materials for Reign of Christ Sunday.  ON Scripture also offers Small Group Series on economic justice, racial justice, and immigration.

Locked in a Box:  Immigration Detention is a 24-minute documentary that follows the stories of individuals held in the U.S. Immigration detention system.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance links a study guide and related videos.  Contact the RCC to access the DVD.

Focusing on bodily worship, Let All of Me Kneel Before God’s Holy Name is a Lenten series from Working Preacher and Rolf Jacobson, co-developer of the Narrative Lectionary.

With The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World (Abingdon), Deanna A. Thompson of Hamline University explores the power of digital media to help us care for one another.  She reflects on Social Media, Virtual Presence, and Racial Justice for Ministry Matters.

In On Living (Riverhead), Kerry Egan passes on wisdom gleaned from her experience as a hospice chaplain.

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Count Your Blessings in Color (Paraclete) with Sybil MacBeth is a gratitude coloring book with inspirational quotes.  View a sample and more templates, including maps of the United States to use for prayer.

World Trust, producer of equity and diversity films like Cracking the Codes, offers How to Talk to Your Kids about Race, a two-hour home study with film clips, activities, and resources.  A new film, Healing Justice, is forthcoming.  Contact the RCC for more resources on race and privilege.

Today, Lucy Moore will introduce Messy Church in a free video chat from the Wisconsin and Ohio Conferences of the UCC.  The Faith Formation Forum is recorded and archived.

The current issue of Circuit Rider focuses on How Race, Gender, and Other Diversities Affect Your Ministry.  Articles include Theology and Vulnerability from Karoline Lewis and Facilitating Difficult Conversations, an excerpt from the forthcoming DVD study, Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community (Abingdon) by F. Willis Johnson.

Standing Rock Solidarity Network has produced a Resource Packet for allies.  Creation Justice Ministries gathers Christian faith statements, calls to action, and film clips.

Water Justice is the theme of Trinity Institute 2017, which will feature Jeffrey Sachs.  Resources include an Advent video curriculum.  See our growing list of new and notable resources for Advent and Christmas.

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In Belonging and Becoming (IVP), Mark and Lisa Scandrette offer guidance on creating a thriving family culture.  A group learning guide is included.

Kenda Creasy Dean will speak on Friendship, Commitment & Integrity on November 2 in Yale Youth Ministry Institute’s Lunch & Lecture Series.  Upcoming speakers include Courtney Goto, Andrew Root, Almeda M. Wright and Anne Streaty Wimberly.  The events are livestreamed and available for playback.

Sarah Griffith Lund is the plenary speaker for Mental Health and the Faith Community’s Response, a conference at Springhouse Ministry Center in Minneapolis November 11-12.  Lund’s Blessed Are the Crazy (Chalice) is accompanied by a study guide and resources for faith leaders.  Mental Health Ministries provides video resources and more.

Joining Matt and Lucy’s Version Births, That Starry Night is a Christmas musical from Living the Questions.  Find more pageant options on our growing list of new and notable resources for Advent and Christmas.

Tom Berlin, author of The Generous Church:  A Guide for Pastors (Abingdon), posts People Want to Attend a Generous Church at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.  The Lewis Center presents resources on giving and generosity, including a list of 50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving.

Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation is on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  Tours, special events, and a downloadable introduction for teachers are available.

First Thursday Evenings at the Resource Center for Churches:
Monthly meetings of leaders in ministry with young people provide key learning and support, but many people are unable to attend during the day.  The Resource Center for Churches is open First Thursday evenings for faith formation leaders to check new resources, address questions and meet peers across denominations.  Church staff and volunteers are welcome to drop in between 6:30 and 8pm on Thursday, November 3 and every First Thursday of the program year.  We are located in the Minnesota Church Center at 122 W Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.
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The RCC updates our New and Notable for Advent and Christmas list as seasonal resources appear.  All Creation Waits:  The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings (Paraclete) by Gayle Boss includes 25 images of wild animals paired with short reflections.  Ahlan wa Sahlan! Welcome! Advent Stories for Children is a free curriculum from Global Ministries that connects the Christmas story with children of Nazareth and Bethlehem today.

Engage: Faith & Politics from The Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton supports conversation on the polarizing rhetoric surrounding the presidential election.

Gene Robinson will speak on Choice and the End of Life at the Westminster Town Hall Forum this evening.  The Compassion & Choices End-of-Life Information Center and Honoring Choices Minnesota provide resources.

The Christian Reformed Church offers several Faith Formation Toolkits on Faith Storytelling, Intergenerational Church, and more.

The Way of Love with Norman Wirzba, author of Food & Faith (Cambridge), is a film series from The Work of the People.  God Complex Radio also posts an interview with Wirzba.

In Hope for the Future (WJKP), Shannon Daley-Harris of the Children’s Defense Fund provides 12 meditations for those working to create a better world for children.

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