Six New Things: Week of April 29, 2024

It's nearly Pentecost - and that means nearly summer. As outside temps begin to rise, so are tempers, as tempestuous topics tempt some to despair. Breathe deeply. Cool things down, work things out, and unwind with a few good reads: ONE More…

Antibullying Congregation

Thanks to Rev. Caleb Crainer for writing this article for Faith+Lead, back in 2021 - and to Faith+Lead newsletter writers for re-sharing it in a recent email. Caught in unhealthy power struggles and 'toxic behavior' after only a few weeks…

Letters to the Planet

This Great Idea came from EcoFaith Summit 2024, where participants were invited to write letters to whomever they wanted as a way to process their grief, share their hopes, and invite engagement around the climate crisis. EcoFaith Summit…

Six New Things – Week of April 22, 2024

Phew! This one is LATE getting to the presses - but in the spirit of April downpours bringing May abundance, here we go: ONE We're nearly to the month's conclusion, but in the midst of legislative funding decisions and ongoing terror, I can't…

Six New Things – Week of April 15, 2024

The winds of change can bring division and disillusionment. But the Spirit is sweeping in with hope, healing, and wholeness as we look to protect the Earth, empower healthier politics, and encourage personal expression. ONE As we prep for…

THEOLOGICAL INNOVATION

Thanks to Meghan Hatcher for sharing this Great Idea - which is way more than a Great Idea: it's sage advice with research and resources to back it up! I can't link you to her post, so here it is in its entirety: Meghan writes: 'I gave…

Six New Things – Week of April 08, 2024

While not everything is 'hot-off-the-press' this week, they're new to me - and so, so timely - touching on creation care and climate grief, divisiveness and courageous spaces, slavery and trauma, and Arab American Heritage Month. There's a lot…

Silent Car Rides

Thanks to Traci Smith for sharing this simple, yet Great, Idea in her Treasure Box Tuesday post where she writes, 'One of the practices in Faithful Families (the OG!) is 'Silent Car Rides'. We've been trying these on the way to church on…

Creation Care under the Sun

This is my own Great Idea - based on Sarah Lawrence's, 'A Little Child Will Lead Them', in which congregations were encouraged to support children and youth in creating a school group of climate care advocates. Congregations may not have…

A Little Child Will Lead Them

This Great Idea came from Sarah Lawrence, parent of Giulia Grace, 12-year-old respondent to Larry Rasmussen at EcoFaith Summit 2024: Cross+Currents in the Flood: Building Arcs Together for a Livable Planet. Sarah said, 'Now we need to do…