Six New Things – Week of November 27, 2023

Let's play with our heads: in a fun, community-building, intergenerational-relationship-creating kind of way. Embrace grief, develop mental and spiritual strengths, and create belonging with lament and liturgy, puzzles and games - and pageantry. ONE Big…

Faith Journeys with Older Friends

Thanks to the St Paul Area Synod, ELCA, for sharing this Great Idea from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Inver Grove Heights, in a recent newsletter. Good Shepherd Lutheran began 'Meet an Older Friend' about eight years ago. The intent, 'has…

Christmas Pageant Intentionality

Thanks to Jodi Belcher and Sarah Bentley Allred for sharing their Two Points of View on Christmas Pageants in Building Faith's recent newsletter. Since we just completed our original Prepare: The Northwoods Get Ready (a Christmas Pageant shaped…

Six New Things – Week of November 20, 2023

As we enter our varied understandings of the 'Holiday Season', we are mindful that the world is full of people who find gratitude, peace, joy, hope, and love difficult to come by. Growing in awareness and stepping alongside goes a long way to…

Killers of the Flower Moon Studies

This Great Idea was inspired by varying responses to the movie Killers of the Flower Moon. The Great Idea is to read a variety of Indigenous responses together, share the ELCA's Truth & Healing Study Guide, discuss, and discern together…

Six New Things – Week of November 13, 2023

Belonging and community are the antidote to war and fear. Churches are called to be the safe place people need to live in peace and thrive. ONE UN High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador Neil Gaiman - along with a thirteen extraordinary…

Palestine & Israel Conversations

Thanks to Brian Meyer, public high school teacher in Minneapolis, for sharing this resource and Great Idea. Disclaimer: the website Solutions Not Sides has not been thoroughly vetted. Some Muslim organizations are calling for a strong critique…

Six New Things – Week of November 6, 2023

It's Election Day - and even with 'only' local ballots, the vision Jesus embodied of God's Beloved Community opens our eyes to new perspectives on leadership, personal action, and global engagement. ONE The best place to start with social…

Election Day

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 is Election Day. Non-Presidential Election years tend to get short shrift with media attention - and our own. But local decisions are exceedingly - and increasingly - important!! Thanks to ISAIAH for putting together…