Leadership Development and Support: [Yours and Others]
We can all use help finding grounding and maintaining balance. Melinda Emily Thomas introduces Sacred Balance: Aligning Body and Spirit through Yoga and the Benedictine Way (Broadleaf); Gregory C. Ellison II invites us to get Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide and Prophet (PC(USA) Store); Sara Smalley at United Theological Seminary invites community members to “listen more deeply and connect more authentically… and strengthen skills” in an Improv Workshop; and John Curl curated resources to enhance observations of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Creation Care & Water Awareness
For deeper preparation in caring for creation, join the UMC’s Global Ministries EarthKeepers Online Training.
Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being for All Ages
Extend that care – and prepare others to join you – in tending to the mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of your congregation. Get support in that work with the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies, Challenging Racism, Antisemitism and Other Assaults on Human Dignity; the ELCA’s online course with Rev. Karen Cherwien, BCC speaking to Spirituality, Suffering and COVID-19; MHTCC’s free training in Suicide Assessment and Response for K-12 Students; and/or the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network‘s virtual conference on Aging, Spirituality and Pastoral Care.
Voting and Election Day
Support your community in seeing to our collective well-being as we prepare for the most contentious election season we hope to ever experience.
You’ll find a slough of other helps in The Ministry Lab’s Congregational Life: Social Justice: Census & Voting Lib Guide.
LGBTQ+ History Month
In the midst of everything else happening this fall, let’s not lose sight of LGBTQ+ History Month!
InSpirit Bookstore curated an excellent list of resources to honor the month-long celebration, all of which – and more – you can find in The Ministry Lab’s Lib Guides: Pastoral Care: LGBTQIA+ Resources and Faith Formation: Tweens & Teens: Sexuality & Gender Identity.
Advent & Christmas
And in the increasing flurry to determine what to do for Advent and Christmas, we suggest checking out Illustrated Ministry’s, Advent 2020: Be Not Afraid resources, including: An Illustrated Advent for Families; an Illustrated Devotional; and a Coloring Page and Poster.
For your Tweens, Teens and Adults, this might be the perfect year to employ Todd Outcalt’s, Blue Christmas: Devotions of Light in a Season of Darkness (Upper Room).
And for your Littles, never fear: Little Mole is here – in the new Little Mole’s Christmas Gift (Beaming), with a reminder of the sweetness of giving and the joy of caring for friends.