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Robert Chao Romero, the son of a Mexican father and a Chinese immigrant mother, explores the history and theology of what he terms the “Brown Church” (InterVarsity) and considers how five centuries of this movement have responded to injustices by appealing to the belief that God’s vision for redemption includes not only heavenly promises but also the transformation of every aspect of our lives and the world.

Strengthen your prophetic voice for bold preaching in a time of massive change through the Contours of Postcolonial Preaching: A [Two Day] Online Con Ed Event by Underground Institute.

Prepare your young ones for a life of love and compassion with Thoughtful Christians’ Growing in God’s Love Story Bible Curriculum or Illustrated Ministry’s Compassion Camp: Be Loved. Be Kind. Be You.

Deepen your personal awareness, hone your intent and strengthen your resolve for justice work by Befriending Your Monsters: Facing the Darkness of Your Fears to Experience the Light (Baker) or reading Viktor Frankl’s newly discovered and published, Yes to Life in Spite of Everything (Beacon).

Or, invite folks into Creation Care this summer: for younger ones try Growing Green Heart’s Connect-the-Drops or Connect-the-Rocks; encourage young/adults to learn how to take action for a more just and sustainable world as a Minnesota EarthKeeper through EarthKeepers and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light’s experiential online leadership development training; or join “a cohort of like-minded leaders” in the ELCA’s Blessed Tomorrow Ambassadors, learning to inspire climate solutions.

For more specialized areas of ministry: Augsburg Fortress is offering a two-day free digital music webinar (07.21 & 22.20) and Hear My Prayer: A Prison Prayer Book; Clare Klein adapted her Dementia-Friendly Worship Services and made them available on both facebook and youtube; Lovett H. Weems, Jr., guides folks through Effective Pastoral Transitions in the Time of Covid-19, which utilizes his revised The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting – Covid-19 Supplemental (Lewis Center for Church Leadership); and MennoMedia offers the next in their The Adaptive Church Webinar Series: Pastoring from a Distance: Offering Pastoral Care While Social Distancing


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Jessica Kantrowitz brings us The Long Night: Readings and Stories to Help You through Depression (Broadleaf), a timely publication as we help one another with many shadow emotions and psychological struggles. You can also read and share Kantrowitz’s blog, An Unobstructed Stream.

Editors Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Kelleher host a celebratory launch with contributors reading from their Conversations with the Sacred: A Collection of Prayers (Skinner), Wednesday, May 20 (7:00 CST) and Rev. Cameron Trimble offers 60 Days of Faith for Women: A Devotional to Deepen Gratitude, Praise and Prayer (Rockridge) to support leader’s and congregant’s spiritual growth.

Elaine Carney Gibson’s, Decoding Your Family: Keys to Understanding Family Dynamics and How Your Family Impacts You (Mountain Arbor) may be helpful to folks who’ve been spending a lot of time with one another! And UTS Prof. Pamela Ayo Yetunde deepens understandings for spiritual care with Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care (Palgrave Macmillan)

Affirm our youngsters in their “diversity of races and ethnicities, physical features, body types, abilities and disabilities” with I Love Me! (Beaming) and help them find what makes them extraordinary with The Big Book of Superpowers (Beaming).

And check out at-home summer faith formation options from Cokesbury: Knights of North Castle and Faith Alive’s Dwell Digital Curriculum, A Super Fun Way to Help Families Form Faith This Summer (which includes a copy of their Everyday Family Faith) and their list of Spanish-language faith-formation books for children.

David W. Swanson encourages Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity and Antipas L. Harris wonders Is Christianity the White Man’s Religion? How the Bible Is Good News for People of Color (both InterVarsity): both might lead to important conversations as we emerge into a “new normal”.

And as we slowly move into whatever the “new normal” may be: The Lewis Center for Church Leadership presents Doug Powe leading Get Ready for the New Normal; the UCCMN will follow the Lectionary of Homiletics with Prophetic Preaching Workshops; The Mental Health Technology Transfer Network invites folks to Rural Primary Care Tools and Resources for Managing Suicidal Ideation during COVID-19; The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care invites us to Exploring the Intersection of Spirituality and Medicine in Serious Illness Care During COVID-19; and Tech Soup hosts Deborah Ruh discussing Digital Divide During a Pandemic: How to Work Toward Inclusion for Your Nonprofit Community.

Don’t miss The Ministry Lab’s upcoming Co-Lab Webinars on The Psychology of Grief and Processing Grief (Tuesdays, May 19 & 26; 2:00 PM CST) and Transforming Congregations: Next Steps in Online Worship (Thursday, May 21, 12:00/noon CST). To register, contact Executive Director Rev. Emily Meyer ( And, check out our weekly Visual Word – video sermons you can insert into an online worship service, any time!

And in case you hadn’t heard: Google offers grants to nonprofit organizations (including churches) for up to $10,000 a month in Google ads! This might be the perfect opportunity for your church to jump into online ads. I’ve seen a free webinar at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 21, (to help you make the most of the Google ads grant) advertised, but I cannot find a direct link. But the grants are a real thing!


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Three free offerings for congregational leaders in this transformational time:

The Ministry Lab’s Co-Lab webinar (05.12.20; 2:00 PM CST), led by UTS Prof. Karen Hutt, who offers games, tools and networking opportunities to develop resilience and affirmations. The Church Online Summit (05.13.20) has a long list of presenters offering experienced advice on a wealth of topics that will help your church improve the way it connects to people online; and Reach! Virtually features Gina Mueller who will help leaders form a “new ministry map” and “see opportunity where we may have missed it before” to energize work in the virtual world and Rev. Dr. Michael Beck will share a variety of online micro-communities, how they were built, and how they are engaging new people with the good news.

Additionally, The Gerald May Seminar: Re-Envisioned with Wendy M. Wright (Shalem Institute; May 15-16) is a contemplative space for personal renewal and growth; Preaching a New Earth: Climate and Creation (May 18-22) brings the annual Festival of Homiletics to you – at home and free!; Eddie Glaude Jr. shares James Baldwin’s Lessons on Race in America (May 12); the Things Not Seen podcast considered the Evolving Role of the ‘Religious Left’ (April 19); and Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts and the Capital Region Watershed District invite congregations to consider Lawn Care with Water Quality in Mind (May 13; 11:30 AM; contact Emily for the zoom link).

To further the discussion and efforts toward a more socially equitable “new normal”: Cody J. Sanders offers Christianity, LGBTQ Suicide, and the Souls of Queer Folk, Valerie A. Miles-Tribble brings us Change Agent Church in Black Lives Matter Times: Urgency for Action (both Rowman & Littlefield); and John C. Cort’s expansive Christian Socialisim: An Informal History (Orbis), is reissued in its 2nd edition.

For the younger crowd, Thoughtful Christianity is unveiling its companion to their picture Bible by the same name, Growing in God’s Love Curriculum.

Contemplatives: see this quarter’s Thin Places for an exhaustive list of practices near to you and online; join the Ministry Lab’s Midweek Retreat; and look for Ellen Brix’s Embracing the Inconceivable: Interspiritual Practice of Zen and Christianity (Orbis) which includes “sections on prayers and practices for those wishing to explore and apply the thoughtful insights Brix offers to their own interspiritual practice”.

Finally, two new resources explore Holy Communion for different ages: We Gather at This Table (Church Publishing) is great for families or godparents to share with children; while For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World (Penguin Random House) is a memoir of a dinner church that held folks together during Hurricane Sandy.


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Teens are facing a number of challenges in the midst of disease and quarantine. Offer some guidance and reassurance with Fuller Youth Institutes 4-Week downloadable Faith in an Anxious World curriculum.

And “Reinvent Graduation” with Fuller’s “3 Ways to Honor Milestones in the Midst of Pandemic“.

For Early Readers: Agostino Traini’s The Lord Is My Shepherd (Beaming) pop-up book is an excellent review of Good Shepherd Sunday; Magination offers three aids for parents: Remembering Ethan helps children process the death of a loved one; My Wandering Dreaming Mind offers tools for kids with ADHD; and Accordionly: Abuela and Opa Make Music shares tips from the author’s own experience growing up in a multi-cultural household.

Covid-19 is heightening our awareness of disparities across society. Invite and empower your congregation into the work of re-envisioning God’s reign with Lee C. Camp’s Scandalous Witness: A Little Political Manifesto for Christians (Eerdmans), D. L. Mayfield’s The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power (InterVarsity) and David Crowe’s Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh in Paris: The Art of Resistance (Broadleaf).

Put a spotlight on immigration with M. Daniel Carroll R.’s The Bible and Borders: Hearing God’s Word on Immigration and Julia Lambert Fogg’s Finding Jesus at the Border: Opening Our Hearts to the Stories of Our Immigrant Neighbors (both Brazos).

Expand your understanding of racism with Angela Saini’s Superior: The Return of Race Science (Beacon).

Sum it all up with Mae Elise Cannon’s Beyond Hashtag Activism: Comprehensive Justice in a Complicated Age (InterVarsity).

Take care of yourself and others by addressing depression and loneliness: Jessica Kantrowitz shares The Long Night: Readings and Stories to Help You through Depression (Broadleaf); Jason Gaboury offers Wait with Me: Meeting God in Loneliness (InterVarsity) and Eric O. Jacobsen asks us to consider Three Pieces of Glass: Why We Feel Lonely in a World Mediated by Screens (Brazos).

Acknowledge and embrace suffering and fear with K.J. Ramsey offers words of comfort in This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers (Zondervan) while Colleen Carroll Campbell encourages us to let go of a key driver of suffering in The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s (Howard) and Luke Norsworthy encourages us in Befriending Your Monsters: Facing the Darkness of Your Fears to Experience the Light (Baker).

Find Spiritual Care and Direction in Barbara L. Peacock’s Soul Care in African American Practice (InterVarsity), Pat Collins’s Prayer in Practice: A Biblical Approach (Wipf and Stock), Rowan Williams’s The Way of St Benedict (Macmillan), and Walter Brueggemann’s timely reflection, Virus as a Summons to Faith: Biblical Reflections in a Time of Loss, Grief, and Uncertainty (Cascade).

Ready to engage in self-care right now – with no need to even download a book? Register for Paraclete’s Restoring Yourself as a Caregiver: A Spiritual Perspective with Carlen Maddux, Peter Roebbelen, and J. Brent Bill OR Spiritual Directors International’s 4-part Group Spiritual Direction with Diane Millis.

If, after all that, you just want a little light reading, consider Sue Monk Kidd’s new release, The Book of Longings (Random House), “a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity” through the “inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her”.

And check out the Ministry Lab’s new line-up of daily resources:


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Ramadon Mubarak! (Blessed Ramadan!) That’s one way to greet our Muslim neighbors as they begin their month-long observance of Ramadan. Another greeting might include an invitation to study together – and Neighbors: Christians and Muslims Building Community (WJK) might be just the book! With study guides and links to additional resources it could be a great way to get to know our neighbors and build community – even in the midst of distancing! And/or: Invite your congregation to learn more about the real history of Islam in America with The Princess and the Prophet: The Secret History of Magic, Race and the Moorish Muslims in America (Beacon).

Engage all ages in the broader topic with The ABC’s of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences (Chalice). Pre-order now and get free access to a webinar with the authors July 1, 2020.

Get inspired to put that newfound awareness into action with American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country (HarperCollins). It’s easy to share with an online group discussion guide!

Or, for Covid-specific outreach inspiration, check out James Hamblin’s article in The Atlantic, Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others: COVID-19 is proving to be a disease of the immune system. Does that make it easier or harder to control? (April 21, 2020) (Read all the way to the end for maximum “call to ministry” impact.) AND/OR: UTS D.Min. student, Rev. Tanya Sadagopan, Every Day Faith Every Day Life article Faith Fault Lines in a Pandemic.

Recognize that a lot of disdain for difference comes from a lack of loving one’s self? Share You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Embracing the Emotions, Habits and History that Make You You (Penguin) and develop greater self-awareness and affection!

For more time looking inward, check out the poem Still and Praying with Color (Upper Room); for group reflection, you might find 99 Prayers Your Church Needs (But Doesn’t Know It Yet): Prayers for Unpredictable and Unusal Times (Chalice) helpful.

For leaders who need a little refresh and renewal:

Try Shalem Institute’s Living and Leading from the Spiritual Heart in a Time of Heightened Anxiety: A Free Virtual Retreat Day for Clergy; AND/OR register with Emily ( for the Ministry Lab’s newly-forming online contemplative group, meeting Wednesdays from 2:00-2:30 for a Midweek Renew.

Leaders might also find Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s blog Pastoral Care in the Coronavirus Crisis helpful; LeaderWise is facilitating a free online conversation with leaders about resilience – for ourselves and others; and UTS Professor Karen Hutt will lead a Ministry Lab webinar on Resilience and Innovation on Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 pm: register at On a more pragmatic note: worship planners may find Vanderbilt Library’s website upgrades really helpful for planning online worship.

And we dare not leave our youth behind! Get inspired by and with your young people with Delighted: What Teenagers Are Teaching the Church about Joy (Eerdmans) and invite your families to share Ancient Stories for Modern Times: 50 Short Wisdom Tales for All Ages (Skinner).

Check out upcoming webinars and daily offerings from The Ministry Lab! Our new lineup includes:

  • Mondays – Six New Things;
  • Tuesdays – Co-Labs (webinars for developing intention, resilience and resources);
  • Wednesdays – Midweek Renew (contemplative practices led by Rev. Emily Meyer or Ministry Lab colleagues);
  • Thursdays – a video story / sermon based on RCL texts for the coming Sunday (cute title and link are forthcoming);
  • Fridays – written Reflection appropriate to the week’s text or reality

Six New Things: 50 Years of Earth Day Edition

So much to do, read, grieve, pray about and celebrate on this 50th observance of Earth Day:

Shalem Institute‘s Ann Dean leads Contemplative Earth Awareness; ELCA clergywoman Leah Schade brings us a free downloadable 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Home (Chalice) and James Gustave Speth & Peter Denton encourage us to Imagine a Joyful Economy (Wood Lake).

To care for creation, we must care for others, our congregations and ourselves.

A humorous help in building empathy is Brant Hansen’s The Truth about Us: The Very Good News about How Very Bad We Are (Baker Book); or for fostering empathy in our youngest readers, Susan Nielsen’s No Fixed Address (Penguin) explores how easy it is to fall through the cracks, and the power of friends and community to make all the difference; to inspire socio-political engagement, check out the free facebook screening of American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel (Butler Films) and Smartphone Society: Technology, Power and Resistance in the New Gilded Age (Beacon); for hope – and tools – in the midst of division, Michael T. McRay’s I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories to Transform a Divided World (MennoMedia).

Build up congregational life in times of transition with Colby Martin’s The Shift: Surviving and Thriving after Moving from Conservative to Progressive Christianity (Broadleaf); F. Douglas Powe’s The Adept Church: Navigating between a Rock and a Hard Place (Abingdon); Bird and Vanderbloemen’s Next: Pastoral Succession that Works (Baker).

For youth group discussions, you might try Ashima Shiraishi’s How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion (Penguin) or for families with young ones, Milton’s well-liked, The Family Story Bible 3rd Edition (Wood Lake) or Jabari Jumps (Penguin).

Resources for developing your own and your congregation’s spiritual life are coming out in droves. Check out:

For your congregation: Steve WiensShining Like the Sun: Seven Mindful Practices for Rekindling Your Faith (Broadleaf) draws from a variety of major world religions and Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Kelleher offer Conversations with the Sacred: A Collection of Prayers (Skinner House).

For leaders’ spiritual and mental well-being, please take advantage of any one or more of the following:

Chaplain Naomi Paget offers a free pdf download (10 years in the making), Ministry during Pandemic: Awareness to Implementation (Judson), with tools to increase awareness, make preparations, and implement strategies for ministry, even (and especially) while under stay-at-home mandates and self-quarantines; Dr. Jessica Young Brown shares Making Space at the Well: Mental Health and the Church (Judson), which uses the biblical motif of the village well to encourage supportive mental health ministries and pastoral care skills; LeaderWise hosts conversations on navigating fears and finding new ways to breathe every Thursday at noon; and this week’s Faith+Lead Faithful Adaptation webinar features Beverly Wallace on the topic of Rethinking Death, Distance, and Resurrection.


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Better Day Books joins a slough of publishers offering free ebooks, online story-time permissions and faith formation, stewardship and mental health resources. To link just a few: Leader Resources for children and pastoral care, Sparkhouse’s general & 8 weeks of Sunday school, and Chalice Press’s resources for all ages and topics. See Faith Formation, Worship, Pastoral Care and Stewardship for more.

Eerdmans has several new offerings. For the preacher: Sunday’s Sermon for Monday’s World: Preaching to Shape Daring Witness (Sally A. Brown); for adult study: Jewish Mysticism: From Ancient Times through Today (Marvin Sweeney) or Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us about Freedom (Kelley Nikondeha); for prayer: As It Is in Heaven: A Collection of Prayers for All Ages (Eric Puybaret); for children: Me and My Sister (Rose Robbins) a book for “siblings of all backgrounds… about embracing difference”.

Free online resources include: Rev. Angela Gorrell, Ph.D. and Paul Gorrell share Taking Your Youth Ministry Online, a how-to on connecting with youth in meaningful ways; Fresh Expressions US’s Social Media Academy: Going from Simple to Savvy in Three Sessions; EssayonTime’s LGBTQ Help and Support: Resources for Students around finding or creating healthier environments, engaging bullying, and more; and the UMC’s You Are Here: Understanding Creation Care in Everyday Contexts.

For personal and congregational spiritual and mental well-being, Shalem Institute offers both a Group Spiritual Direction Conference & Retreat Online (April 20-22, 2020, from 12:30 to 5:00 PM EDT via Zoom; register for details) and an anytime Holy Interruptions: Free Online Retreat Day led by Ann Kulp. And this month’s Westminster Town Hall Forum features Victoria Sweet speaking about Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.

And for our youngest readers, Flyaway Books shares Crocodile’s Crossing: A Search for Home (Yoeri Slegers), a compassionate introduction to the complex topic of immigration; and Babbit and Joan: A Rabbit and a Phone (Denise Turu) which explores taking time away from one’s phone (might be helpful for a few parents and teens out there, too…).

Blessings and Enjoy!!!


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Free Spirit Press has four timely April publications: I Calm Down (by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.; illustrated by Penny Weber) offers tools for handling overwhelming emotions; Waiting Is Not Forever (by Elizabeth Verdick; illustrated by Marieka Heinlen) teaches patience and how to delay gratification; Sometimes When I’m Sad (by Deborah Serani, Psy.D.; illustrated by Kyra Teis) helps kids idntify and manage sadness and depression; and the popular Coloring Book and Reflections for Social Emotional Learning is now available in Spanish.

Kids Can Press opens doors to new neighbors with three favorites coming out in paper back: The Good Garden (written by Katie Smith Milway; illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault); One Hen (written by Katie Smith Milway; illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes); and The Red Bicycle (written by Jude Isabella; illustrated by Simone Shin).

For the pre-teen and teen crowd, author Tiffany Jewell teams up with illustrator Aurélia Durand to bring us This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)

For preachers: Underground Seminary still intends to offer their Contours of Postcolonial Preaching (June 5-7, 2020) but keep an eye out for a change in format.

COVID-19 resources for all church leaders include Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s Podcast 52: Pastoral Care in the Coronavirus Crisis; each judicatory has a great page of resources: MN Annual Conference – UMC; MN Conference UCC; and The Presbyterian Church, USA and here at the Ministry Lab you can find current copyright and permissions info for worship & music and sharing books online; at-home faith formation resources; and Holy Week and beyond worship resources.


Family-Based Sexuality Discussions

Many judicatories are urging an avoidance of intimate and/or confidential conversations on many online platforms to safeguard vulnerable individuals and maintain healthy boundaries. In our rush toward community via technology, it can be easy to lose sight of potential hazards.

The Inter-Group Association of AA for New York, Inc. offers some best practices suggestions here. Judicatories are working to create guidelines and potentially additional platforms to ensure confidentiality, safe boundaries, and general best practices. We’ll post those as soon as we get them!

To encourage at-home / family-based discussions and/or to facilitate secure online small group discussions, the following have been suggested:

Amaze has youth-, parent-, and educator-based sites including short youtube videos on a number of sexuality and gender topics, including for people with different abilities.

Sexuality for All Abilities, as the name suggests, offers resources geared toward talking with kids with different abilities on topics of dating, sexual activity, identity, marriage, and family.

Scarleteen‘s home page is all about coping with COVID-19 from the perspective of sexual and mental health for young people. They have free text, message board and live chat options for immediate help for kids suffering abuse (which is likely compounded in these stressful and isolating realities), or those feeling depressed, anxious or confused. And there are a number of links to additional resources for mental and sexual health questions.

Sex, etc. is for teens, by teens with topics ranging from talking about sex in an immigrant family to dating abuse; from abortion to pregnancy; from condoms and safer sex practices to how to talk with doctors or parents – among many others.

Kate Ott’s youtube videos cover a lot of ground from gender equity to dating to language and consent.

A Trans Faith Resource List from Austen Hartke, a bisexual, transgender Christian includes numerous links to national and regional hotlines and additional information.

Advocates for Youth is a free online sexual education curriculum that meets National Sexuality Education Standards.

For kids prepping for post-secondary education, EssayonTime shares LGBTQ Helps and Support: Resources for Students, a remarkable resource list for parents and students around college/university safe spaces, guides for administrations and parents, and more.


Youth & Intergenerational Resources

How can we help young people feel like they have a voice in the world?

On Living the Questions, OnBeing’s Krista Tippet considers this question from her audience, stating,

“I think of this as the wisdom of young adulthood and of the teenage years: You have this sense of urgency about what is possible”; and concludes with encouragement to nurture the voice and agency of young citizens as we foster intergenerational friendships.

The Minnesota Conference is partnering with staff from the national setting of the UCC and other conferences around the country to host and facilitate a series of online gatherings for youth and young adults to give voice to the unrest they are experiencing in these days and to encourage and support one another in their work for racial justice. Learn more about this fantastic line-up of rallies, in the form of town hall forums and webinars.

Students at Luther Seminary share personal water stories in conversations about abundance and drought, water in scripture, cultural connections to water, and vocational call to care for water where we live. Part I and Part II of Water Where We Live is created in partnership with faith communities, Capitol Region Watershed District, and Growing Green Hearts. Learn more about water far and near through the power of international stories.

If you have questions or concerns about how to replace VBS/Day Camp or what to do instead of camp or a mission trip, this is the conversation for you! Join clergy and other faith formation leaders from UCC, UMC and Presbyterian congregations around Minnesota for this discussion, jointly presented with The Ministry Lab. Rev. Kevin Brown, Associate Conference Minister of Faith Formation for Children & Youth, will facilitate this supplemental Co-Lab Webinar “Do You Know What You’re Doing This Summer…??” For more information, contact Rev. Kevin Brown or Rev. Emily Meyer, Ministry Lab Director. Join via Zoom with this LINK.  If you prefer to join via telephone, call 1-312-626-6799 and use meeting code 997 774 390.

EssayonTime writer Erin Mulligan offers a Guide to Bullying Awareness and Prevention for Youth: How to Recognize and Prevent Abuse at College. It includes a number of discussion starter questions and data, links to counseling and intervention resources, and parent/mentor guides.

Fuller Youth Institute offers this helpful article on Reinventing Graduation and this 4-Week digital/downloadable study for high schoolers: Faith in an Anxious World.

Spark House offers a number of intergenerational online resources.

Fuller Youth Institute offers a 4-week curriculum on anxiety and faith for high school students.

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership shares 50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth.

d365 is an online daily devotion that includes leading questions that could be discussion starters.

The Ministry Lab’s Rev. Emily Meyer offers several study guides based on movies and series, including Iron Man (2008), Spider Man (2002), Messiah (Netflix, 2020), and – coming soon: movement and activity-based Frozen 2!

forma/Faith@Home shares regular/weekly RCL “lectionary-based readings and reflections”.