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…

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…

Courageous Spaces / Gracious Conversations

This Great Idea stems from an EcoFaith Summit 2024 workshop led by Tammy Walhoff, Director of Lutheran Advocacy of Minnesota. The Summit: Cross+Currents in the Flood: Building Arcs Together for a Livable Planet set out to, 'build arcs of relationship…

Eclipse, Faith & Science

Thanks to Emily Ewing for sharing this Great Idea on the SparkHouse Blog! Use the coming solar eclipse as an opportunity to invite congregation members and neighbors to explore faith and science in conversation with one another! In their…

Build a Better Easter Basket

Thanks to Building Faith for sharing this Great Idea in their Easter 2024 Toolkit (check it out for some other Great Ideas!). Jerusalem Jackson Greer writes, 'Can an Easter basket contain more than a sugar high? Absolutely! With a little…

Rethinking the Egg Hunt & Flowering the Cross

Thanks to Building Faith's Charlotte Hand Greeson for sharing these two Great Ideas in one. This is a concise article, with details only where necessary - a quick read for updating two Easter traditions. Greeson begins with a few tweaks…

How to Live the 50 Days of Easter

Thanks to Building Faith's Elizabeth Ring for compiling this list of tips and practices for 'living into the Easter Season'. The Season of Easter/Eastertide lasts 50 days. For many, 'the charm seems to wear off after about 3 weeks'. Thus…

Encouragement Day Self-Care

Thanks to Rev. Traci Smith for sharing these accessible tips for everyday self-care in her Treasure Box Tuesday. Traci encourages engaging the six weeks of daily sacred self care offered by Dr. Chanequa Walker Barnes in her recent book, Sacred…