One

Embracing Friends

Can I Have a Hug? (Make Believe Ideas) sums up how most of us feel – and offers us a delightful look at healthy and hopeful ways we can share love and affection even when we are not together.

Encourage Littles in developing strong friendships with Pugtato, Let’s Be Spuddies (Zondervan) and specifically between girls with 100 Daily Acts of Friendship for Girls (Tyndale).

Two

Embracing Justice

Resurrecting Church: Where Justice and Diversity Meet Radical Welcome and Healing Hope (Fortress) shares stories of diverse congregations that have taken risks, deepened empathy, and sought justice – and become more vital and vibrant through radical welcome.

Listening to the Movement: Essays on New Growth and New Challenges in Restorative Justice (Wipf & Stock) a “fast-paced, hard-hitting glimpse into the pulse of restorative justice today and what it may look like tomorrow”.

In The Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24) Michel Le Gribble uses yoga to put this parable of welcome and hospitality for all into our bodies.

Three

Embracing Self

Develop healthy body awareness in young children with We Listen to Our Bodies (Free Spirit); support youth wading through hormones and identity questions with Talking with Teens about Sexuality (Baker); help young adults develop a stronger sense of self with 25 Lies Twentysomethings Need to Stop Believing (Baker).

Four

Embracing Nature

Let Jayden’s Impossible Garden (Free Spirit) open eyes to the nature that surrounds us – no matter where we live; and let spirits be restored with Get Outside: A Journal for Refreshing Your Spirit in Nature (Waterbrook).

Five

Embracing Courage

Invite Littles to bravely explore lots of possibilities with Dream Big, My Precious One (Worthy Kids); encourage adults to lead Fearless Families: Building Brave Homes in an Uncertain World (David Cook); and let your young ones learn about true bravery in Facing Fear (Eerdmans), the story of a soccer game, citizenship and immigration, and the risks of crossing a border.

Six

Jesus’ Radical Embrace

Illustrated Ministries created a Stations of the Cross Worship Videos, (15 videos in total) along with an included liturgical scripted reflections booklet so leaders can create an interactive and virtual Stations of the Cross experience. See the trailer and check out the blog for additional ways to use the service.