Five women and a transgender man bring us back to basics – with a twist – including ‘revolutionary’ approaches to prayer; leadership 101 for navigating tension and intense boundaries; and Biblical insights to turn justice and the church outside in.

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Minneapolis pastor, poet, and mom Meta Herrick Carlson offers Ordinary Blessings for Parents: Prayers, Poems, and Meditations for Family Life (Broadleaf): parental encouragement and solidarity in the midst of the messiest and most ordinary of moments.

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Find a new spin on ancient approaches to contemplation in a Practice of the Presence: A Revolutionary Translation by Carmen Acevedo Butcher (Broadleaf): discover how a woman of color and scholar of medieval texts – with a passion for inclusive language – brings new life to Brother Lawrence’s classic approach to prayer.

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Leadership scholar and author Sarah B. Drummond provides a framework for ‘leading tension, intentionally’, especially within religious communities in Leadership in between Seasons (Pilgrim).

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Kate Ott delivers a ‘values-based, shame-free, pleasure-positive discussion of Christian ethics’ responsive to digital age issues, in Sex, Tech, and Faith: Ethics for a Digital Age (Eerdmans).

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Love Lazarus Sechrest introduces womanist biblical interpretation and utilizes ‘associative hermeneutics’ by listening to NT texts as they echo modern-day issues of racial justice, in Race & Rhyme: Rereading the New Testament (Eerdmans).

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The outside circles in as Shannon T.L. Kearns, “moves the conversation beyond transgender inclusion to demonstrate the unique theological insights transgender Christians can provide the church”, in In the Margins: A Transgender Man’s Journey with Scripture (Eerdmans).

New perspectives can bring new energy, new ideas, new encouragement to you, your ministry, and your congregation!!

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