Six New Things – Week of June 10, 2024

It’s Pride Month. Kids are graduating. Juneteenth is just around the corner. So’s the Summer Solstice. There’s a lot to celebrate, honor, and repair. This is the season!! Now is the time!!

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Encourage pride and joy in being uniquely ‘you’ with Free to Be Fabulous (Clarion), ‘an exuberant and affirming picture book about self-expression, allyship, and celebrating differences’; and What Are you, Lou? (Beaming), which ‘champions diverse identities and encourages readers to embrace the unique mark they leave on the world’.

Illustrated Ministry has new Pride bling – bring it to parades, booths, tables; share it with neighbors, graduates, etc.!!

Find more for Pride Month in our lib guides: for JusticeMinistry with, Pastoral Care, and Worship.

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Joe Davis gives us another fabulous grad gift: Unearthing Us: Poems and Practices for Discovering Our Fullest Selves – 21 poems and practices drawn from ‘wisdom from the poet’s visits to his ancestral land of Jamaica’, that ‘beckon readers to dig deeper into ourselves and our communities to grow more joy and beauty within and around us’. And coming soon: Rev. Dr. Jia Starr Brown has again provided a fantastic Facilitator Guide (both Fortress) to foster meaningful discussions as you connect to your own community.

Include Littles in summer practices with Prayers for Every Season: More Common Prayer for Children and Families (Church), ‘an accessible collection that children can use to pray on their own, with their family, or with their community’.

Find more for Graduation & Post High School and Summer Activities in our lib guides.

JOE DAVIS & REV. DR. JIA STARR BROWN – ALONG WITH DR. KELLY SHERMAN-CONROY – ARE PLENARY LEADERS FOR CONNEXT SUMMIT 2024 (OCT. 13-15, 2024)!!! WATCH HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION. 

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Follow Joe in discovering the wisdom of the land – and grow more joy and beauty – with Where We Live: Environmental Activists’ Fight to Save Their Communities (Pilgrim), an ‘invaluable’ analysis of the interrelatedness of activists’ struggles around the globe.

Bring those struggles home with God’s Good Earth in Crisis: Liturgies of Lament (Cascade), materials offered in the conviction that the Holy Spirit uses worship, ‘to equip us to live faithful lives serving God and caring for God’s holy people and sacred earth’.

For inspiration and a place to engage amazing work of intersectional action and community-building, check out the East Phillips Neighborhood Initiative’s Urban Farm: energy, local food sourcing, equitable economic development, low-income housing, and more, all in one hub of community-powered amazingness – a plethora of ‘Great Ideas’ all in one spot!!

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Honor Juneteenth by considering American Whitelash: A Changing Nation and the Cost of Progress (HarperCollins), a confrontation of ‘the cyclical pattern of violence that has marred every moment of racial progress in this country’.

Younger readers might focus on The Day King Died: Remembered through Two Voices and a Choir (Reycraft) – it’ll inspire conversation about white-bodied reactions to protest, equity, and peace movements as it inspires worship.

See also our Juneteenth Worship and History of Race in America – Children / Adults and Perspectives & Stories (Tweens & Teens) lib guides.

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Summer might be a time for intercultural exchange:

Share ‘thrilling tales with lighthearted twists’ from the rich traditions of Latine neighbors with, Night Stories: Folk Tales from Latin America (Toon); which includes ‘informative backmatter’ on the stories’ ecological, cultural, and historical background and bibliography.

Introduce Tweens & Teens to the reality of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls with, Looking for Smoke (Heartdrum), a murder mystery set on the Blackfeet reservation which follows four teen protagonists from a traditional Giveaway to honor a missing sister, through their complicated relationships, to clearing their own names.

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Another summer read for Tweens or Teens: There Is a Door in This Darkness (Dutton), ‘a magic-tinged contemporary YA novel about grief and hope’ which explores the enormity of ‘shocking presidential elections’ and global pandemics through the lens of one girl who also struggles with her own immediate grief and loss – while magical clues seem to lead her toward a door of hope.

Find more for working with children and youth experiencing depression or anxiety in our Mental Health and Hope & Resilience lib guides and our Eco-Anxiety Toolkit.