Entries by Emily Meyer

Six New Things – Week of May 20, 2024

Identity and transformation, marginalization and mental health, congregational and communal well-being: they’re all wrapped up with one another. What affects the smallest part affects the whole; the health of one is intertwined with the health of all. ONE What story would you hair tell? What story does your hair tell? In, If My Hair Had […]

Practice What You Preach

Thanks to Building Faith’s Ardelle Walters for sharing this Great Idea in a recent post: Ardelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and clergy spouse with experience serving Presbyterian clergy families. Walters writes, ‘I have to recognize my own humanity in order to connect with and deeply humanize others. for me, practicing what I preach does […]

Six New Things – Week of May 13, 2024

This Mental Health Awareness Month, take a look within and gain insight on the big picture as we consider doom and hope, isolation and belonging, and how to care for self and others. ONE Brian McLaren’s Life After Doom: Wisdom and Courage for a World Falling Apart (Macmillan), explores ‘the complexity of hope, the necessity […]

Connections to Counter-Act Loneliness

Thanks to Innovation Lab’s Meghan Hatcher for sharing this Great Idea in her recent Lightbulb Moment. I am unable to link to her full post, so here it is in its entirety: Meghan writes: ‘I recently read this mission statement for an organization in Seattle: [Org. name] is a community of open-minded people motivated to […]

Mental Health & Climate Change

Eco-Anxiety, or Climate Change Anxiety, or Eco-Grief is a diagnosis defined by the APA as, ‘the chronic fear of environmental cataclysm that comes from observing the seemingly irrevocable impact of climate change and the associated concern for one’s future and that of next generations’. Eco-Anxiety is growing among children and teens – and they know […]

Six New Things – Week of May 06, 2024

It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! It’s (almost) Pentecost! What a perfect time for the good news of diverse stories, perspectives, histories, and cultures to shine!! And light the way toward a safer, more just world for all God’s Beloveds. ONE For Littles, We Who Produce Pearls (Orchard) is a luminary treasure that, […]

What’s in a Bible Translation?

Thanks to Building Faith’s Jodi Belcher for sharing this timely guide to Bible translation literacy. Bibles and their translations have frequently played a significant role in shaping cultural, political, and social norms across large swaths of society. Entire countries have been swayed in denominational affiliation (think Luther’s first non-Latin translations and Germany’s Lutheran Reformation), loyalty […]

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 and more of us – kids and adults – struggle to navigate the […]

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 in his first call, Rev. Crainer writes, ‘I didn’t know what to do.  This wasn’t […]

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 2024: Cross+Currents in the Flood: Building Arcs Together for a More Livable Planet was based on keynote […]