It’s All Saints Day; Election Day is a week away; and we’re beginning Native American Heritage Month. There is a lot of joyful work to do in healing from trauma, developing resilience, and leaning into hope: it’s November and gratitude is on our lips.
What do All Saints Day and dismantling racism have in common? The Night Is Long but Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing (Church) includes meditations on, ‘how to work through fear and rage, how stories can help heal, honoring your ancestors while looking toward the future, what it really means to love one another, and the meaning of social justice’. Spiritual fortitude gives us stamina as we journey toward Beloved Community in the midst of a cloud of witnesses!
For work specifically with Indigenous communities during Native American Heritage Month, see our Indigenous Voices lib guide.
Engage one of the great saints of racial justice in The Arc of Truth: The Thinking of Martin Luther King Jr. (Fortress) and rediscover King as, ‘a theologian, philosopher, and ethicist whose life and thought evince an enduring search for and commitment to truth’.
Follow more than one ‘King’ in the quest for truth and dismantling racism with Color-Courageous Discipleship: Follow Jesus, Dismantle Racism, and Build Beloved Community (Waterbrook) and discover a ‘deeper connection with God through the adventure of racial discipleship’.
And while we highlighted this book back in April, it is finally coming out, now – and the timing is, unfortunately, just as poignant as it was seven months ago: ‘experience new life and renewal in the wake of trauma as God’s healing and hope move through us into our world’, with All Our Griefs to Bear: Responding with Resilience after Collective Trauma (MennoMedia).
And you don’t have to face that trauma alone: engage Lay Pastoral Care: A Narrative Approach (Fortress) to wrap your community in equipped care providers without burning yourself out.
Find additional support for taking care of yourself in our Care for Care-Givers lib guide.
If you need a nudge to develop care providers, resilience in the face of trauma, and truth-seeking and -telling, Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace (Broadleaf) might be just the assistance you need for, ‘developing courage and meeting life’s broken-open, pulled-apart times’.
We list resources for all age in developing Hope and Resilience in our lib guide.