Six New Things – Week of May 06, 2024

It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! It’s (almost) Pentecost! What a perfect time for the good news of diverse stories, perspectives, histories, and cultures to shine!! And light the way toward a safer, more just world for all God’s Beloveds.

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For Littles, We Who Produce Pearls (Orchard) is a luminary treasure that, ‘celebrates the richness and diversity within the Asian American identity’; filled with bold images that highlight AAPI communities’ strength, ‘creating a masterpiece that proves how Asian Americans can shape their pain and struggle into one of joy and power’.

Find additional AAPI Voices for Children in our lib guide.

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For tweens, Made in Asian America: A History for Young People (Quill Tree), from three-time Newbery Honoree Christina Soontornvat and award-winning historian Erika Lee, ‘shines a light on the generations of Asian Americans who have transformed the United States and who continue to shape what it means to be American’.

Find additional AAPI Voices for Tweens & Teens in our lib guide.

For adults, check out Broadleaf’s Nonfiction to Celebrate AAPI Voices list and/or our AAPI Voices lib guide.

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Children and youth of all identities are eager to make the world a more just and livable place. The Work Is the Work: Letters to a Future Activist (Broadleaf) is ‘a series of tender essays’ written to author Brian C. Johnson’s daughter, sharing, ‘what he’s learned from his struggles, victories, and defeats over twenty-five years of advocacy work.’

Find additional resources for raising up Young Leaders in our lib guide.

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‘Contemplation is a necessary step of activism.’ And Barbara Holmes’ Walking with Our Ancestors: Contemplation and Activism (Fortress), asserts that, ‘Through both contemplation and activism, our ancestors paved the way while showing us how to continue the fight for justice.’

Find additional Contemplative Activism resources in our lib guide.

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Reassure the weary advocate with Jesus’ promises of comfort and belonging. Prodigal Gospel: Getting Lost and Found Again in the Good News (Herald), invites us to, ‘discover the radically inclusive power of the gospel that upends religions, disrupts empires, heals the wounded, and empowers the marginalized. This is, after all, Jesus’ news to tell, and when we truly listen to him tell it, we can be found again in the surprising, disarming, challenging gospel that is truly good news’.

There are more great justice-based Bible Studies for Adults in our lib guide.

Are you the one who’s wiped out? See From Weary to Wholehearted: A Restorative Resource for Overcoming Clergy Burnout (Church), which follows the liturgical calendar, from ‘the spiritual themes of justice and anticipation in Advent’, through ‘the sustainable practices invited by Ordinary Time’, to, ‘infuse new life into the ministry of emotionally impoverished preachers and lay leaders’.

Take care of yourself – with help from resources in our Care for Caregivers lib guide.

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Don’t let Pentecost preparations snuff out your flame! Illustrated Ministry’s Storytelling with Shapes: Pentecost Video can be used in worship, youth group, and/or Sunday school – with or without their Storytelling with Shapes: Pentecost puzzles – appropriate for all ages!

Find worship resources for 8 weeks of Pentecost/Ordinary Time – including 4 Older Testament and 4 Newer Testament-based sermon suggestions, interactive worship ideas, graphics, social media, liturgy, and music suggestions in The Good Book: Meeting Our Ancestors in Faith, One Story at a Time (Church Anew).

Find additional Pentecost Faith Formation and Worship resources in our lib guides.