In a world too full of divisions, deep listening to creation, the “Other”, our children, community, one’s True Self, and truth is a way toward reconciliation and healing.

ONE

Inspire young imaginations and develop curious explorers with How to Hear the Universe: Gaby Gonzalez and the Search for Einstein’s Ripples in Space-Time (Penguin Random House), the beautiful and true story of listening – across generations, cultures, and deep space.

TWO

Listen for your True Self with greater compassion throughout the 40 Days of Lent – or anytime – with Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection (PenguinRandom House).

Let that compassion overflow and develop resilience for internal and systemic antiracism work with Necessary Risks: Challenges Privileged People Need to Face (Fortress).

THREE

Help your young ones develop resilience with Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine (Penguin Random House); share it with parents, mentors, teachers, etc.

FOUR

Let the Good News resound in your community with tutelage from the great storyteller, Walter Wangerin Jr. His Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative (Fortress), “offers a theology of story that is profoundly incarnational as the Word takes on flesh in practiced speech”.

FIVE

Let the Good News “take on flesh” in news ways as you move it further into your community with Church on the Move: A Practical Guide for Ministry in the Community (Judson), a challenge to church leaders and members to engage the whole community in renewal and social justice.

SIX

Listen for the Good News declared in and through creation: practice with All God’s Critters Sing Allelu (Beaming) – which uses all the English phonemes to assist early readers in hearing a harmony of sounds and join nature’s song of praise.

The friendships of I Love You, Blue (Flyaway) help us hear creation crying out from the impacts of plastics – and discover ways we can help.

For more Listening to Nature – watch for Lutherans Restoring Creation‘s Earth Day Worship Service, a free recorded service to share based on the RCL for the 2nd Sunday of Easter. We’ve helped create it and will post the link on our Fresh & Free Resources page, as soon as it’s available.