Six New Things – Week of November 9

It’s post-election in the USA and that means virtually nothing as far as leaders’ personal and spiritual well-being: the tension, division and pandemic remain.


To bolster your own mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, participate in The Many’s Groundings: Guided Meditations with Music, Visuals and Words or Shalem Institute’s day-long on-demand online Holy Interruptions.


For more pandemic-specific personal care or pastoral care re-boot, join Mt Olivet Retreat Center’s Tending to Ambiguous Losses in Uncertain Times or read and share Wendy Speake’s 40 Day Social Media Fast (or her 40 Day Sugar Fast; either in combination with her 40 Day Fast Journal; all Baker). Or join Karen Hutt at United Theological Seminary for one of the community’s weekly Formation Vocation Innovation Create and Innovate.


Once refreshed, re-engage the work of post-election reconciliation and healing: let Bishop Michael Curry ‘s Election 2020: Our Values Matter and William Brueggeman’s Preaching on the Sunday after Election inspire your preaching; or read the collection, Oneing: Order, Disorder, Reorder, from the leaders of The Center for Action and Contemplation.


Let Cross Roads and Luther Crest Camps bring Bold Transformational Faith: from CAMP to your CONGREGATION and find other ways to deepen faith and raise up future leaders for the ongoing work of reconciliation and equity with books and resources found in The Ministry Lab’s new Raising Confident Kids and Supporting Young Leaders lib guides.


Rally the whole community with MNIPL‘s Love & Courage: Moving Forward for Climate & Democracy; Growing Green HeartsWater Where We Live: Social Media & Smart Salting for Churches; and Northside Achievement Zone‘s One Week 4 One Future video fundraiser with multiple opportunities to participate and ways to share with neighbors.


Jump start the work of the people with Rev. Elsa Cook’s Pandemic Prayers for Proper 28 and plan ahead with her Pandemic Liturgy for Advent.