Six New Things – Week of 01.08.24: Supplemental


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 just came to our attention that are so time-sensitive we need to share them now, rather than wait for next week’s regular post:



United Theological Seminary’s Leadership Center for Social Justice is hosting a watch party for TODAY’s EmergencySummit for Gaza, which will feature Rev. Jesse Jackson and many other speakers. For those in the Twin Cities with lunch time open: feel free to bring your lunch to watch and discuss this important summit. If you are not in The Cities, there is an option to watch this virtually from your own home – just click the link.



Monday, Jan. 15 | Minneapolis Convention Center

This year’s MLK Holiday Breakfast Celebration features keynote speaker Marley Dias, who is an activist, author, contributor, cultural influencer, speaker, founder, and producer. A current Harvard student, Marley writes for the Harvard Crimson. She also contributes to national publications including Rolling Stone and X. She serves as the National Education Association’s (NEA) National Ambassador for its Read Across America campaign, inspiring young people to use their voices to make positive changes in their communities and the world at large. Also featured is Dr. Yohuru Williams, author and distinguished university chair and professor of history and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas.

Learn more here.

Find additional Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around the Twin Cities (and here) and around the state.


For those Out West: Concordia’s (Moorhead) Martin Luther King Jr. Day’s Communities in Action, Empowering the Dream offerings include:

  • Accompanying Palestinians: Stories and Perspectives Rooted in Global Relationship – Monday, January 15 9:30-10:15am CST at
  • Making Change Through Advocacy with Tammy Walhof (Lutheran Advocacy MN) from 3-3:45pm CST on Concordia’s campus (not recorded).
  • Rev. Dr. Said Ailabouni is the guest preacher for MLK chapel, Thursday, January 18. His sermon is entitled, “Love Must Win”.

Click here for information; you can find the schedule here.


We’ve curated some great books – for Children & Families, Tweens & Teens, and Adults – to celebrate and honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We’ve got some excellent resources for Worship (and here) and Preaching prep for this weekend, as well!

Let us know if you find other great books so we can share them, too!


The Ministry Lab is working with Rev. Dr. Gary Green, United Theological Seminary Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Social Transformation and Director of Anti-Racist Initiatives to create ENVISIONING ECUMENICAL POSSIBILITIES FOR ANTI-RACISM, a panel discussion of ecumenical leaders exploring and offering approaches to anti-racism appropriate for congregations in diverse contexts who find themselves anywhere from ‘We don’t know where to start’ to ‘We don’t know what to do next’. Watch here for details and registration, which are coming soon! Save the date: Thursday, February 22, 2024 / 7:00-8:30 PM CT.


Responsive to several conversations about what to do this Lent and/or how to prepare for the coming divisiveness of this election year, The Ministry Lab is working on a multi-generational congregational Lenten toolkit for creating safe space, facilitating difficult discussions, storytelling, modeling reconciliation – by creating it!, and embracing diversity of opinion.

We’ll get that out as soon as we are able!

The Ministry Lab will be closed on Jan. 15 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.