Six New Things – Week of October 30, 2023

Native American Heritage Month is as good a time as any to cast a critical eye on the monsters and traumas of Christian texts and histories - and celebrate the saints who've worked toward repair and renewal. ONE 'A stunning array of peculiar…

Year-Before-Election-Day Communion

Thanks to Karen Lange at the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys newsletter and the Minnesota Council of Churches for sharing this Great Idea and its supporting liturgical resource! Recognizing that Sunday, November 5, 2023 is exactly 365 days…

Edible Nativity

This is a first! Thanks to Breen Marie Sipes for sharing this Great Idea in a recent buildingfaith post. Breen's context is a one-room-schoolhouse faith formation: Sunday morning ages range from age 3 to grade 5, with parent and grandparent…

Stone Soup & Small Church Worship

Thanks to Teresa Stewart for sharing this Great Idea in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership Leading Ideas - and in her recent book, The Small Church Advantage: Seven Powerful Worship Practices that Work Best in Small Settings (Market Square…

Six New Things – Week of October 23, 2023

Empowerment: whether following a program and/or lectionary calendar or veering off to address pressing concerns and needs of these days, let these resources build you and yours up in peace, courage, and joy. ONE Empower peacemakers: There's…

Weaving Help and Comfort

Thanks to Christa Meland for sharing this Great Idea in the MN Annual Conference Newsletter; and to Joni Jenkins and Florence Hacklander of Hope UMC of Blue Earth, MN for starting this ministry in their congregation. Hope UMC of Blue Earth…

Gratitude Every Day

Thanks to Traci Smith for sharing this Great Idea. Traci Smith invites the whole congregation to get on board with an all-church gratitude practice. She has a licensed, copyrighted calendar and tree bundle for purchase - easy-peasy for…

Six New Things – Week of October 09, 2023

It's Autumn! It's Halloween! It's Thanksgivingt! Here's a little something for upcoming festivities - infused with three versions of 'climate care' that'll empower youth, inform education, and, well, care for the climate. ONE First: Halloween…

Reverse Advent Calendars

This Great Idea comes directly from Traci Smith, author of the Faithful Families series, who got it from Sarah C. in an Advent Planning Lab. Sarah C. suggested 'reverse advent calendars', writing: “Reverse Advent Baskets: Purchase…

Lament. Remember. Heal.

Thanks to the Lutheran World Federation Worship Planning Team for creating this beautiful liturgy of remembrance and to Tom Witt for including me in its implementation. This Great Idea is gleaned from the LWF Global Assembly in Krakow, Poland,…