Entries by Emily Meyer

Six New Things – Week of July 26, 2021

The power of honesty and speaking one’s truth are what it’s all about this week: ONE Mightier than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing (Beaming) connects over 40 biographies of world-changing writers with activities and tips to inspire and encourage young people in embracing “the transformative power of words to […]

New Ways to Be the Church – #2

Everyone is wondering what to do post-pandemic: How to be church in authentic and “effective” ways. How to do youth ministry that attracts teenagers, supports families, and maybe even develops faith. How to continue caring for those who have stuck with the church through the pandemic (and the years of decline preceding it) and at […]

Six New Things – Week of July 19, 2021

In this time of transition, it’s good to be honest about reality: prepare leaders for working through conflict and change; embrace a new future; grow into what’s next; name what is; and look forward to celebration! ONE Let the Littles lead the way through change (and even conflict…?). Support their development with Bella’s Recipe for Success […]

Re-Gathering: A 2-Step Process (or more)

Thanks to Laura Stephens-Reed, Clergy & Congregational Coach, for sharing these brilliant approaches to getting back together, getting to know one another better than ever, and getting our congregations into a post-Covid state of mind that is anything but a return to what was. While admitting that “Covid wasn’t and isn’t a laughing matter”, Stephens-Reed […]

Six New Things – Week of July 12, 2021

How do we emerge from Coronatide, racism, and environmental devistation? Here are resources to support healing: through hybrid worship and through work on peace, grief, racism, and… emerging from pandemic(s). ONE Our Summer Worship Series: Liberation #2 is ready! Let it be an excuse to share a prophetic sermon – from the perspective of a rural […]

Don’t Settle for Reopening: Relaunch!

Thanks to the UM News for sharing their article, Churches Urged to Relaunch, not Just Reopen, which is the backbone of this Great Idea! The article’s “Key Points [include:] Churches were forced into changes by the pandemic. Receptivity to change continues as restrictions lift. Pastors found silver linings in the pandemic, including chances to revisit […]

Six New Things – Week of July 6, 2021

It’s a week of rescue and liberation; recalling elder’s voices; reinvigorating communal strength; revising our perspective; reality checks; rethinking our reliance on resuscitation; and reimagining rifts. ONE The Ministry Lab’s “July” installment of our Liberation – Summer Worship Series is [just about] ready! This worship service models engaging hybrid worship and is a gift to […]

Hunger, Pollinators, & Community Gardens

Thanks to the St Paul Area Synod (ELCA) for sharing this Great Idea for any Minnesota congregation! Vernita Kennen of Incarnation Lutheran Church, Shoreview, MN reflects on National Pollinator Protection Week (which was June 21-27 in 2021) and how her community of Roseville passed a Pollinator Friendly Community resolution back in 2017. That resolution informed […]

Memorial Arboretum

Thanks for Liberation Theology Lutheran blogger, Kristin Berkey-Abbott for this fantastic and powerful Great Idea! Berkey-Abbot basically suggests that we create local memorial arboretums as a way to remember and commemorate those who have died as a result of Covid-19. You can read her reasoning and the full scope of her idea in Memorial Arboretum. Could […]

Six New Things – Week of June 21, 2021

Happy Summer Solstice!! This week we’ve got a slough of resources to buoy leaders who feel dead in the water after wading through an ocean of pandemics; resources that might just help as we turn the tide – on all the different pandemic fronts: leader exhaustion, health & racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, and climate cares. Here […]