Six New Things – Week of July 19, 2021

In this time of transition, it’s good to be honest about reality: prepare leaders for working through conflict and change; embrace a new future; grow into what’s next; name what is; and look forward to celebration!


Let the Littles lead the way through change (and even conflict…?). Support their development with Bella’s Recipe for Success (Beaming)  – featuring a Spanish-language glossary and an intergenerational approach to problem-solving, and supplemented by a free Dulce de Leche recipe and Spanish flaschcards; and Sofia Valdez’s Big Project Book for Awesome Activists (Abrams).

Find other resources for Developing Young Leaders in our lib guide.


Adult leaders (and you!) may find courage and insight for this transitional time with OnBeing’s Wisdom app. Here’s an intro; register here; or MennoMedia’s What Now? Tools for Engaging the Post-Covid Church – a suite of free resources for pastors navigating the impacts and realities of Covid19. Learn more and sign up here.


Let the Littles lead the way in embracing a new future as you share the beautiful picture books: Is Was (Atheneum) and Wishes (Orchard) from Muon Thi Van (Author) and Victo Ngai (Illustrator).

Additional resources to develop Hope & Resilience or to learn about Immigration & Refugees can be found in our lib guides.


Grow into what’s next with two exciting curriculum: from PC(USA) Store, Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living Intergenerational Curriculum looks like an exciting approach. Both a short and longer trailer sever as introductions.

And Illustrated Ministry announced their new Revised Common Lectionary, digital, subscription-based curriculum with this introductory info guide.

We’ll be updating our Sunday school curriculum lib guide frequently in the next weeks.


Grounding in present reality is a great place to start a journey into the future. Help your adults name what is with Managing Congregations in a Virtual Age (Fortress); Naming Neoliberalism: Exposing the Spirit of Our Age (Fortress); and Faith after Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice (Chalice).


Look ahead to joyful celebrations with Illustrated Ministry’s Blessing of the Backpacks / Back-to-School Liturgy and Backpack Tags.

And, of course, explore the possibilities of hybrid worship with our Summer Worship Series! Two full services are now available and the third is coming soon! Learn more here.

Keep an eye on our Labor, Memorial, & Backpack Sundays lib guide for emerging celebratory and commemorative liturgies.