Six New Things – Week of February 26, 2024

At the close of Black History Month and the early part of Lent, here are stories and practices to affirm and nurture young ones, one's whole self, those who grieve, and the whole nation and world. ONE It all starts with The Spark in You (Random…

Six New Things – Week of February 19, 2024

The globe is full of hurt - and Love is the balm. Find empowering spiritual practices, inspiration for justice, tonic for the climate, a biblical prompt for big changes, and more in this week's list... ONE Encounter God's unlimited presence…

Six New Things – Week of February 12, 2024

Valentine's Day, Black History Month, Easter  - and Christian Nationalism: it's all in here. ONE Celebrate unexpected loving friendships - found and forged among challenges and joys - as house-sprite, Noa, goes out Searching for Home (Beaming);…

Six New Things – Week of February 05, 2024

The conjunction of Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday - in the middle of Black History Month - at the outset of a divisive years - is a relationship-renewing, anti-racism, justice-engagement,  trifecta. Let's be on a Lenten journey of Love this…

Six New Things – Week of January 29, 2024

Let's prepare for a powerful Black History Month and a meaningful Lent full of essential - and perhaps difficult - discussions. ONE First things first: it's Black History Month (Feb. 1-29). Add depth  and develop awareness with reads from…

Six New Things – Week of January 22, 2024

Avoid 'liturgical whiplash' in this brief Season between Epiphany and an early Easter: we're here to help you get ready for African American History Month, this year's Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day combo, and Lent. ONE Cudjo Lewis was the…

Six New Things – Week of January 15, 2024

Belonging, Love, Reconciliation: there are so many ways Lent can be a transformational season for congregations ready to become a safe haven, a more prophetic witness, and/or community-centered space of justice and forgiveness. ONE Belonging…

Six New Things – Week of 01.08.24: Supplemental

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It's been a big week at The Ministry Lab - as it has been for many leaders returning back after a post-Christmas break, embarking on a New Year that promises to be full of contention, and preparing for Lent. Here are a few resources that…

Six New Things – Week of January 08, 2024

Happy New Year! We hope somewhere in (or after) the bustle of Advent and Christmas you found room for rest and renewal and that the New Year has begun with some hope! I received two phone calls in one day from clergy looking for Lenten…

Six New Things – Week of December 18, 2023

Happy Advent and Blessed Christmas! This is our final Six New Things post of 2023 - complete with super-last-minute Christmas planning resources and a look ahead to Epiphany and Martin Luther King Day in 2024. ONE Find last-minute Christmas…