Six New Things – Week of December 21, 2020


Living Lutheran’s Karoline Lewis considers how this Christmas is likely much like Living in Mary’s Time; Robert Blezard offers a study guide to the article.

Find additional Studies and Devotionals for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany in our lib guide.


Illustrated Ministry offers a free New Year’s coloring page and poster; Prayers for When You Feel Anxious coloring pages and weekly Christmas-Lent resources.


Two MPR favorites lead gatherings geared toward 2020 closure and cultivating hopes for 2021: On Being‘s Krista Tippett and Lucas Johnson offer a Midwinter Gathering (Dec. 21; 4:00 PM CST) “to accompany each other with all that we’re carrying out of this year and into the next”; and Cathy Wurzer’s End in Mind organization explores loss, hope and possibility in Oasis 2020: Hope and Possibility (12.29.20; 6:45 PM CST).


Rev. Rudy Rasmus encourages all church folks to continue the pursuit of racial justice and equity in our varied incarnations in I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist. (Abingdon). You can read more about Rev. Rasmus’ book and work here.

Find additional resources for anti-racism in the church in our Racism: …and the Church lib guide.


Strengthen and support your congregational leaders with two online events: LeaderWise’s Social Action Pilgrimage: An Immersive Leadership Experience meets Thursdays starting in January, 2021 (4:00-5:00 PM CST), exploring how acts of love and social action reflect an understanding that our individual and collective flourishing are inter-dependent; and MN Valleys PC(USA)’s The Post-Covid Church invites elders, clergy and congregational leaders to consider how churches can emerge from Covid restrictions. Share any of PC(USA) Store’s curated books to engage in meaningful dialogue.


Get your worship team together for the multi-denominational Free National Conference for Sacred Music and plan ahead for powerful hybrid worship expressions.

Find additional inspiration for Online Hospitality & Worship Participation in our lib guide.


Six New Things will post again next week with items updated as of 12.18.20. The Ministry Lab looks forward to more timely posts starting again January 4, 2021!