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In More Than Enough (WJKP), Lee Hull Moses reflects on living abundantly in a culture of excess.  Download a discussion guide, worship planning guide, and sample.  Practicing Families provides an excerpt.  With Bromleigh McCleneghan, Moses has written Hopes and Fears:  Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People (Rowman & Littlefield).

Adam Ericksen of Teaching Nonviolent Atonement shares his weekly videos on lectionary passages for parents and children.  He also hosts the Bible Matters video series.

The CEB Women’s Bible features profiles of Biblical women and articles by 80 women scholars, pastors and novelists across denominations.  Request a print sample of Ephesians.

13TH, a documentary from Selma Director Ava DuVernay, recounts the history of racism in the United States and the creation of the prison industrial complex.  The New York Times review includes a video interview with DuVernay.

Raven ReViews Election 2016 presents video interviews with Melvin Bray, Brian McLaren, and others.  Bray speaks on “Am I a Racist? Confronting Our Blind Spots.  He reimagines Biblical stories in the forthcoming Better:  Waking Up to Who We Could Be (Chalice).  McLaren joins William Barber, Walter Brueggemann, Lisa Sharon Harper and other contributors in the free, updated Progressive Christian Voter’s Guide (Chalice).  And Progressive Youth Ministry suggests What We Can Teach Teens from Last Night’s Debate.

With an outdoor pizza oven, Hamline Church moves its altar to the front lawn and invites the neighbors.

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Katherine Willis Pershey, author of Very Married (Herald), will preach and discuss the book in the Twin Cities October 9 and 10.  In a cover story, The Christian Century provides an excerpt.

Photographer John Noltner combines art and storytelling to document what peace means to Americans in A Peace of My Mind: American Stories.  Featuring interviews with 52 Minnesotans, Noltner’s first book is accompanied by videos and guides for education and study.

The Presbytery of Philadelphia recaps Money, Mission and Media, a conversation with Keith Anderson, Adam Copeland and Mihee Kim-Kort, offering a summary article, audio from the event, and recommended resources.

In The Road Back to You (IVP), Ian Morgan Cron and Susan Stabile discuss the Enneagram and its connections with Christian spirituality.  A study guide is available.  A weekly podcast includes interviews with Nadia Bolz-Weber, Science Mike, and other spiritual types.  And in Faith & Leadership, Christopher L. Heuertz explains What I’ve Learned from the Enneagram.

The Divine Dance (Whitaker House) by Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell explores the early Christian image of the Trinity as a circle dance.  The Work of the People offers a 15 film series with Rohr on the Trinity and transformation, and a series of 7 film clips is available on YouTube.

Lillian Daniel is Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don’t Belong To (FaithWords).

Contact us with any resource questions:  info@rcc-mn.org.  And please note this new gathering, First Thursday Evenings at the RCC:
Many volunteers and part-time church staff working with young people are unable to attend their denominational meetings during the day.  Beginning in October, the Resource Center for Churches is hosting a First Thursday evening gathering of faith formation leaders across denominations.  We’ll check new resources, chat about vital topics, address questions and support one another in ministry.  Staff and volunteer leaders are welcome to attend between 6:30 and 8pm on Thursday, October 6 and every First Thursday of the program year.  We are located in the Minnesota Church Center at 122 W Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.  Contact Lizabeth with questions:  info@rcc-mn.org.

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Blessed to be a Blessing: Sacred Circle Time for Young Children (Discipleship Resources) by Leanne Hadley is an accessible curriculum that helps children experience God through ritual, wonder, story, prayer, and blessing.

Gleaning wisdom and meaning from the beloved series, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is a weekly podcast hosted by Vanessa Zoltan, Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard, and Casper ter Kuile of How We Gather.

Following their free small group studies on Loving Our Muslim Neighbors, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota offers And Who is My Neighbor, a study on racial equity.

6 Ways to Jumpstart Leadership Formation, a post from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, excerpts The Passionate Church (Abingdon) by Mike Slaughter and Karen Perry Smith.  Thomas G. Bandy explores types of leaders in Spiritual Leadership (Abingdon).

Practicing Families hosts recent posts on family activities for World Communion Sunday, a closed Facebook group for middle school parents, and a Prayer Walk.  Christ Walk Kids (Church Publishing) by Anna Fitch Courie is a resource on spiritual walking for tweens and teens.

Backed by extensive research from widely diverse congregations, Growing Young (Baker) by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin of Fuller Youth Institute recommends six strategies for engaging young people and shares a resource library.

Contact us with any resource questions:  info@rcc-mn.org.  And please note this new gathering, First Thursday Evenings at the RCC:
Many volunteers and part-time church staff working with young people are unable to attend their denominational meetings during the day.  Beginning in October, the Resource Center for Churches is hosting a First Thursday evening gathering of faith formation leaders across denominations.  We’ll check new resources, chat about vital topics, address questions and support one another in ministry.  Staff and volunteer leaders are welcome to attend between 6:30 and 8pm on Thursday, October 6 and every First Thursday of the program year.  We are located in the Minnesota Church Center at 122 W Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.  Contact Lizabeth with questions:  info@rcc-mn.org.

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In Questions Preachers Ask (WJKP), Barbara Brown Taylor, Richard Lischer, and other well-known authors address practical questions.  Jin S. Kim, Pastor of the Church of All Nations in Minneapolis and founder of Underground Seminary, participates in a round-table discussion of the question, “How do we preach to faith communities that are highly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, class, theological background, sexual orientation, and more?”

Speaking to the power of love in the face of hate and racism, We Stand With Love is developing small group resources, conversation prompts, Sunday School lessons and other curricula, playlists, a start-up kit, and more from a wide group of voices.

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship recaps their conference on including people of all abilities in worship with Barbara J. Newman, author of Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Church and Autism and Your Church.

Healing Justice is a conference September 23-24 hosted by The Center for Sustainable Justice.

Mental Health Ministries offers resources for Mental Illness Awareness Week and Veterans Day.

The Interfaith Observer has been relaunched with a new website.  Their collection of Opportunities & Resources include Harvard’s Pluralism Project, a reflection guide for voters from Faith in Public Life, and interfaith curriculum resources from Scarboro Missions.

Contact us with any resource questions:  info@rcc-mn.org.  Check our list of resources on race and privilege, and tell us about other resources your faith community recommends.

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updated November 2019

Here is a list of resources on race and privilege gathered from our partner churches.  Contact us with your recommendations.

Cracking the Codes:  The System of Racial Inequity is a film with a Conversation Guide from World Trust.   A Trip to the Grocery Store is a free vignette from the film, accompanied by a discussion guide.
World Trust offers a series of film clips with discussion questions on racism and on justice and healing.  See their YouTube channel.
World Trust also offers How to Talk to Your Kids about Race, a two-hour home study with film clips, activities, and resources.  Healing Justice is the most recent film from World Trust.  See their tips for discussion.

Dialogues On:  Race (Sparkhouse) is a seven-week DVD study with leader guide and participant book.  White Savior is a documentary exploring the historic relationship between racism and American Christianity.

Raising Race Conscious Children is a resource for talking about race with young children.

Let’s Talk about Privilege is a set of three lessons for grades 1-5 from the Christian Reformed Church.

The Conversation We Must Have with Our White Children is a post from Courtney Martin of On Being.

Do’s and Don’t for Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Young Children is a post from Ijumaa Jordan.

Teaching about Race, Racism and Police Violence is a collection of resources from Teaching Tolerance.  Free film kits include a new film, An Outrage.

The Elephant in the Room: Conversations about Race with Youth is a series of videos with Evelyn Parker from Yale Youth Ministry Institute.

Engage from The Institute for Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary supports conversation with youth on contemporary topics, including race and mass incarceration.

Take the 30 Day Race Challenge from Jody Wiley Fernando.

In Under Our Skin, a video project from The Seattle Times, 18 people explain what terms like “microaggression” and “white fragility” mean to them.

Covenantal Restoration is a 12-film series on race and faith from The Work of the People.

Vital Conversations on Racism with Robin DiAngelo is a video from the UMC with discussion guide and quiz.  The General Commission on Religion and Race provides more videos and discussion guides, as well as resources on mass violence fueled by white supremacy.  More resources are available on DiAngelo’s website.  She speaks here on How white people prevent racial justice, and what they can do about it.

Fear of the Other is a DVD study from William Willimon.

Holding Up Your Corner (Abingdon) is a DVD study with F. Willis Johnson.  Facilitating Difficult Conversations is an excerpt.

Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations about Race is a four-part video series from Wesley Theological Seminary.

The UCC offers White Privilege – Let’s Talk and is introducing Sacred Conversations to End Racism, an 8-week curriculum.

Sacred Ground is a film-based dialogue series on race and faith from The Episcopal Church.

And Who is My Neighbor is a study on racial equity from Lutheran Social Service of MN.

Trinity Institute 2016 provides videos on racial justice with Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Kelly Brown Douglas and others.

ChurchNext offers online classes on racial justice with Michael Curry, Kelly Brown Douglas, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, and Jennifer Harvey.

Highlighting specific issues of inequity, What is Systemic Racism? is a short video series from Race Forward.  The Racial Justice Collaborative in Theological Education has curated a list of short videos and other digital resources.

Center for Courage & Renewal supports Telling Our Stories in Trustworthy Spaces.

Storying to Build an Atmosphere of Trust and Mutual Respect is a post from the APCE Advocate.

Showing Up for Racial Justice provides a Faith Action Kit.

I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary about James Baldwin, directed by Raoul Peck.

13TH, a documentary from Selma Director Ava DuVernay, recounts the history of racism in the United States and the creation of the prison industrial complex.

Seeing White is a 14-part documentary podcast exploring whiteness in America, from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.  The Invention of Race is an audio documentary from Duke.

Jim Crow of the North from Twin Cities PBS explores the origins of housing segregation in Minneapolis.

How to Talk about Race is a January 2018 podcast from MPR News with Kerri Miller.

The Talk is a documentary about the increasingly necessary conversation between parents of color and their children.

Race – The Power of an Illusion is a documentary exploring the assumptions we hold.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack is a classic essay by Peggy McIntosh.

How God as Trinity Dissolves Racism is a Sojourners article by Richard Rohr.

Short films from SALT include Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survivial, I Have a Dream, and Strange Fruit.

Facing Racism resources from the PC(USA) include study materials on The Confession of Belhar.

Popular Books
My Grandmother’s Hands
by Resmaa Menakem
White Fragility by Robin DiAngleo
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo     Talks at Google
Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
study materials from Young Clergy Women Project
Anxious To Talk About It:  Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism by Carolyn B. Helsel       Ten Myths
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V. Magee
Mindful of Race by Ruth King          excerpt
How to Be Less Stupid about Race by Crystal M. Fleming
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  by Beverly Daniel Tatum:  updated edition will release September 2017
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, see study guides
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Dear White Christians by Jennifer Harvey
A Good Time for the Truth:  Race in Minnesota
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G.I. Hart
support for discussion from RevGalBlogPals
Ferguson and Faith by Leah Gunning Francis
The Third Reconstruction by William J. Barber II
Forward Together by Barber
Stand Your Ground by Kelly Brown Douglas
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone; study guides available
But I Don’t See You as Asian:  Curating Conversations on Race by Bruce Reyes-Chow
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; interview
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
White Rage by Carol Anderson
White Like Me by Tim Wise:  see recent video
Fear of the Other by William Willimon
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
26 Books to Support Conversation on Race, Racism & Resistance, from Medium
Children’s Books that Tackle Race and Ethnicity, from the New York Times
A Bibliography on Prejudice, Tolerance and Diversity from Storypath
What Writers of Color Say We All Should Read Now, from the StarTribune

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Elizabeth Caldwell, author of I Wonder (Abingdon), recommends Bibles and gifting practices for young people in an Advocate post, Giving Bibles to Children…Which One, When, and How We Give…It All Matters!  Caldwell also recommends Lisa Miller’s The Spiritual Child (St. Martin’s).

Religion Dispatches reviews Brian D. McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration (Convergence).  Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times comments on the book in What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?  McLaren will lead an afternoon seminar and a free evening talk at Solomon’s Porch September 30.  His We Make the Road by Walking (Jericho, 2014) is an overview of the Biblical story and an introduction or re-orientation to the Christian faith in 52 chapters.

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence provides resources for two events:  the Concert Across America is a series of live music events September 25, and the 2016 Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath is December 14-18.  See also their Gun Violence Guide for Faith Leaders.

Host of Ask Science Mike, a weekly podcast answering questions about science and faith, and co-host of The Liturgists Podcast, Mike McHargue is author of Finding God in the Waves (Convergent).  A video series accompanies the book.

A one-year subscription to Frolic Online early childhood resources from Sparkhouse is free.

Similar to a Little Free Library, a Little Free Pantry or Blessing Box offers nonperishable food and personal care items.

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Edited by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Soul Feast (WJKP) is an adult coloring book inspired by Marjorie J. Thompson’s classic.  Sasso also authors the forthcoming Coloring the Silence (WJKP, February), and, with Amy-Jill Levine, Who Counts? (WJKP, May), a creative retelling of the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son.

White Privilege–Let’s Talk is a free resource for transformational dialogue from the UCC.  Each of the five authors includes a list of useful resources.

Broken Hallelujahs:  Learning to Grieve the Big and Small Losses of Life is a workshop with author Beth Allen Slevcove at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church October 8.

Vibrant Faith offers a Visual Faith Printed Card Set to connect children to Scripture for spiritual transformation.  See their shop for more Visual Faith resources, intergenerational resources, and learning opportunities.

Using Daniel Erlander’s Manna and Mercy, South African pastor Alan Storey will lead a retreat at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield September 30-October 1.  Manna and Mercy resources include video clips with Storey with an adult study guide, a children’s curriculum by Hanna Schock of Picture Book Theology, a confirmation curriculum, and a youth guide.

Wendy Johnson explores the role of faith communities in Creating an Engaged Local Electorate in an ECF Vital Practices post.

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These Are Our Bodies (Church Publishing) is a set of resources supporting conversation on faith and sexuality at church and home.  The middle school module is available, and modules for children through adults are forthcoming.  Other titles on faith and sexuality:  Good Christian Sex (HarperOne) by Bromleigh McCleneghan, Talk Sex Today (Woodlake) by Saleema Noon and Meg Hickling, and Liberating Sexuality (Chalice) by Miguel A. De La Torre.

Covenantal Restoration is a 12-session series on faith and race from The Work of the People.  TWOTP offers curriculum, individual films with a huge array of authors and practitioners, and a 30 day trial.

Marcia McFee explores sensory-rich worship design in Think Like a Filmmaker.  Her blog features excerpts from the book, and a video series is forthcoming.  McFee has also developed a worship series to accompany Gifts of the Dark Wood, a book and video series by Eric Elnes and Darkwood Brew.

When Home Won’t Let You Stay, a project by documentary photographer James A. Bowey, presents portraits and stories of refugees in Minnesota.  Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality will host the exhibit this fall.  The Wisdom Ways Fall Program Catalog is available.

In Word by Word:  A Daily Spiritual Practice (Eerdmans), Marilyn McEntyre invites readers to dwell with one word each week.  McEntyre has also written A Long Letting Go, A Faithful Farewell, and What’s in a Phrase? (Eerdmans).  She blogs at Writing Life.

Richard Rohr’s Sojourners essay, How God as Trinity Dissolves Racism, anticipates his forthcoming book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation.  The Work of the People has produced 15 companion films, and a series of 7 video clips is available on YouTube.

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Bridging the Political Divide with Parker Palmer, an online class from ChurchNext, is free September 5-19.  A Launch Plan for Congregations supports group leaders.  An extensive collection of resources, including videos, accompanies Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy (Jossey-Bass).

The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths 2016 theme is Children of Promise: Closing Opportunity Gaps.  Melanie Gordon provides additional resources at UMC Ministry with Children.

Carolyn Brown of Worshiping with Children explores Using Photos to Connect Children to their Worship Space.

Featured in On Being’s blog, The Dinner Party is a community of young adults who have experienced significant loss.  See their free download on what to share with a friend in need, their free hosting guidebook, and their prompts for finding your story.

This fall, Eddie Glaude Jr., Glennon Doyle Melton, Gene Robinson, and Timothy Naftali will speak at the Westminster Town Hall Forum.  Video of Forum presentations is available.

The Convergence Music Project is a new source of worship music.

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Danielle Shroyer, author of Where Jesus Prayed (Paraclete) and the forthcoming Original Blessing:  Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place (Fortress, November) will be the keynote speaker at The ConNext Summit, October 15-18 2017.  Save the dates; contact the RCC for further information.

The Book of Comic Prayer: Using Art and Humor to Transform your Youth Ministry (Morehouse) by Heather J. Annis provides resources for incorporating comics and cartooning into curricula for children and youth.

Wearing God author Lauren Winner will speak on Faith and Metaphor in the 2016-17 Faith & Life Lecture Series.  Listen to past events and subscribe to future podcasts.

The current edition of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly includes an interview with Traci Blackmon and stories on Sunni-Shia harmony and a Minnesota Lama.

Access a free Stewardship Study Guide to Mike Slaughter’s The Christian Wallet (WJKP).

Growing in Grace and Gratitude (PCUSA) offers free resources:  at home activities, Bible stories, and audio recordings.

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