This week is all about lightening the load and making room: for leaders from the margins and creation tenders; for congregational leaders and family caretakers; for parents and all those looking for a place to belong.
Let’s be honest: if we could all learn from the courage, determination, and grace of young leaders of color, the world would be a better place.
Encourage young leaders – especially those routinely pushed to the margins – with Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way (Beaming). Share the Study Guide for added depth and impact.
Unburden more mature leaders by digging even deeper with Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility (Beacon).
Find more resources for Developing Young Leaders in our lib guide.
Inspire an intergenerational slate of creation care leaders – for adults: Matthew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality (Orbis); for adults and youth: The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed (Beacon; the story of El Salvador’s fight for clean water) and for younger ones: A Kid’s Guide to Saving the Planet: It’s Not Hopeless and We’re not Helpless (Beaming).
Congregational leaders will find a roadmap through trauma toward hope in Walter Brueggemann and Brent Strawn’s latest, Returning from the Abyss: Pivotal Moments in the Book of Jeremiah (WJK) – part Bible study, part leader guide.
If the trauma is more personal, read Professional Christian: Being Fully Yourself in the Spotlight of Public Ministry (WJK) for encouragement and well-being advice from peers.
When the pastoral care role is taken on by family, please read Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America (Beacon) – the story of “one woman’s struggle to care of her seriously ill” spouse – which reveals the role unpaid family caregivers play in a society devoid of meaningful supports.
Find additional means to care for caregivers in our lib guide.
Guide families into a sense of spaciousness and grace with Julia Kuo’s lovely Let’s Do Everything and Nothing (MacKids); the accompanying activity kit (though oxymoronic) deepens the invitations to simplicity.
Inspire further forays into minimalism with Jen Crow’s Take What You Need: Life Lessons after Losing Everything (Broadleaf).
Find additional resources to explore and encourage simplicity and minimalism in our lib guide.
Help your congregation become a safe haven for all who need a place to belong with wisdom from A Civic Virus? New Study Explores People’s Struggles to Find Belonging and Hope (Convergence).