This week’s list is all about you, dear leader, to encourage social transformation, expand biblical studies, hone pastoral care, develop new mentors, reorient preaching, strengthen personal awareness – or simply support you, if all this feels like a quagmire.
The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy (Oxford University) traces WCN’s history, alliance with individualism and libertarianism, and contemporary implications.
Find info on a moderated discussion with the authors here.
Interested in meeting WCN’s fall-out with justice and equity? Listen to The Soul of Transformation: Exploring Vocations in Social Justice podcast.
The seminal work of the indomitable Phyllis Trible, Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narrative (Fortress), is re-released just in time to consider misogyny in both church and culture.
Further pastoral care insights can be gleaned from What We Wish Were True: Reflections on Nurturing Life and Facing Death (Penguin).
Let that compassion expand to creation – and be returned in the form of spiritual guides – with Saints of Feather and Fang: How the Animals We Love and Fear Connect Us to God (Broadleaf).
Nature’s mentors might help to inspire a more “authoritative, engaging, or compelling” approach to Preaching to Those Walking Away (Fortress).
Find more Lectionary & Preaching resources in our lib guide.
If what you really need is a morale boost, you might start with a smattering of self-awareness brought on by Enneagram Essentials cards (Ink & Willow) – followed up by reading Stuck: Why Clergy Are Alienated from Their Calling, Congregation, and Career… and What to Do about It (Fortress).
I hope somewhere in here is the encouragement, the jump-start, or the reassurance you need, amazing leader!