We’re covering every major holiday and observation within a four-month radius, today. And that’s not including Election Day (we cover that in Community Opportunities, Spiritual Practices, and our lib guide). For everything else – from Halloween to Epiphany, here we go:

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As so many of us feel uncertain of where we belong, this Indigenous Heritage Month let award-winning Native American writer Diane Glancy teach us about, ‘travel, belonging, and home’ in, Home Is the Road: Wandering the Land, Shaping the Spirit (Broadleaf), ‘a book about land, tradition, religion, questions, and the puzzle pieces none of us can put together quite right’.

Find additional Indigenous Voices in our lib guide.

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From our need for comfort to willingly embracing terror:

Sorry we missed this earlier, but couldn’t resist a throw-back to Halloween for Lurking Under the Surface: Horror, Religion, and the Questions That Haunt Us (Broadleaf): some fantastic options for Bible and theology studies involving current TV, movies, etc.!!

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On the flip-side, hopefully the Unruly Saint: Dorothy Day’s Radical Vision and Its Challenge for Our Time (Broadleaf) inspires us to move from terror to treating ourselves to hope lived out in action.

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November is also Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. The Hennepin County Library has curated a beautiful list of helpful reads. Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost (Enchanted Lion) isn’t new, but it is a lovely story to share with children and other loved ones searching for new ways to relate with folx living with memory loss.

Find additional support and ideas for accompanying individuals and families through Aging & Memory Care in our lib guide.

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Advent resources are flowing in:

The First Advent in Palestine: Reversals, Resistance, and the Ongoing Complexity of Hope (Fortress) centers the voices of modern-day Palestinians, pairing their stories  with the biblical narrative of ‘concerns about daily bread, crushing debt, land loss, and dispossession’. It comes with a discussion guide.

Illustrated Ministry’s Now in Flesh Appearing includes an Advent Worship Liturgy, Devotional, and An Illustrated Advent for Families kit; it also comes with a support cohort, for those interested in the 7-week commitment.

And don’t miss The Many’s 4-song EP, We Wait: Advent and Christmas, Vol. 2, with two brand new originals and new releases of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and ‘Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning’. So good!

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And, if you’re already looking toward Epiphany, check out The Magi: Who They Were, How They’ve Been Remembered, and Why They Still Fascinate (Fortress), a look at the Magi in ‘apocryphal writing, early preaching, artistic expressions, and modern writing and music’.

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There’s a lot to consider in this season of change and transition, but please be sure to vote so that hopeful celebrations of all kinds can continue in our democracy!!!