Six New Things – Week of November 8, 2021

It’s Native American Heritage Month. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And fast on its heals are Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. If these next few weeks always feel like a sprint, we’re here to help you get out of the blocks with grace:


Support the work of Indigenous Water Protectors with Growing Green Heart’s free Wade in the Water science/faith/water/leadership curriculum. Join The Ministry Lab, Growing Green Hearts, and a slew of local leaders for an introductory event November 18.


If you’re ready for the marathon of political reform, Stan Cox has directions for The Path to a Livable Future: A New Politics to Fight Climate Change, Racism, and the Next Pandemic (City Lights).


To better understand and support those who have been running for a while, share Parenting with an Accent: How Immigrants Honor Their Heritage, Navigate Setbacks, and Chart New Paths for Their Children (Beacon) and/or Harold J. Recinos’ “triumph”, Cornered by the Dark: Poems (Paraclete) and lead your congregation toward becoming a safe harbor.

Find additional resources for supporting immigrants in your community in our Social Justice: Immigrants & Refugees lib guide.


If the road has been more internal than geographic, Emmy Kegler’s All Who Are Weary: Easing the Burden on the Walk with Mental Illness (Broadleaf), may help to lighten the load.


If you’re hoping to develop some gratitude this month, you might try Spark House’s free downloadable Thanksgiving Bingo or one of Illustrated Ministry’s Thanksgiving Coloring Pages & Posters.

Find additional Thanksgiving activities and resources in our lib guide.


If you’re looking a little further down the road to Advent and Christmas – check out our Intergenerational Advent pageant/liturgy, Dreams of a New Day, and its accompanying/preparatory multi-generational Bible study; Rev. Elsa Cook’s Pandemic Fireside Prayers for Christmas; or for right now, her Pandemic Prayer Stations for Proper 28.

For more Advent, Christmas, Epiphany resources for faith formation see here; for worship, see here.