Six New Things – Week of March 18, 2024

It’s almost Holy Week. Are you ready? Are you already looking ahead? Ideas for Earth Day, Creationtide, and future learning are all right here.


It’s almost Holy Week: are you ready? In case you’re not: Illustrated Ministry just shared their Seven Last Words Worship Planning Guide.

Follow Easter with 50 Days of Resurrection from Traci Smith: deepen faith with this ‘perpetual calendar’ from which you can ‘do all the activities or pick and choose as your schedule allows’.

Find more last-minute Holy Week and Easter ideas in our lib guide.


Watching for new Life can be a challenge in the midst of climate concerns. Ecological Spirituality (Ecology & Justice Series) (Orbis), ‘offers a new way of spiritual becoming for a world facing environmental crises’.


The Coming Jesus and the Anthropocene (Cascade), ‘invites a radical reimaging of our religious ideas and practices’ as it ‘proposes a coming Jesus’, which ‘[denies] human and divine dominion for the sake… the… flourishing of all species.’

Join EcoFaith Summit 2024: Cross+Currents in the Flood for a day-long dive into local climate care practices for congregations. Learn more and register here.


For a quicker read – and more local applications – see Recycling Exists from Ramsey County. Other municipalities have similar publications – make connections at Recycling Association of Minnesota – they’ve got a rain barrel ad compost bin sale going on right now too!  Support local recycling!!

Looking ahead to Earth Day? Find action-based resources in our Climate & Sustainability and learning-oriented resources in our Creation Care lib guides


Ready to change up Sunday School? Cokesbury Kids Big Faith Sunday School Curriculum ‘helps kids grow faith as big as their imaginations’ with ‘experiences that are tangible, applicable, and meaningful to children’s everyday lives’. Find the Scope & Sequence here.

Find additional Sunday School Curricula in our lib guide.


If your area is Youth Ministry, Springtide Research has a plethora of resources for you:

Discover more tips and tools for Youth Ministry in our lib guide.


The Ministry Lab will be closed for Holy Week. Six New Things will post again April 1 – no foolin’ (!)