Raising White Kids is a book for families, educators, and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions. Living in a racially unjust and deeply segregated nation creates unique conundrums for white children that begin early in life and impact development in powerful ways. Raising White Kids offers age-appropriate insights for teaching children how to address racism when they encounter it and tackles tough questions about how to help white kids be mindful of racial relations while understanding their own identity and the role they can play for justice.
Two friends on opposite sides of the aisle provide a practical guide to grace-filled political conversation while challenging readers to put relationship before policy and understanding before argument. As hosts of a fast-growing politics podcast, the authors have learned how to practice engaging conversation while disagreeing. They share principles on how to give grace and be vulnerable when discussing issues that affect families, churches, the country, and the world. They provide practical tools to move past frustration and into productive dialogue, emphasizing that faith should inform the way people engage more than it does the outcome of that engagement.
Mary Had a Baby: An Advent Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals, written by Marilyn E. Thornton with material from the first edition by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan. Mary Had a Baby has four sessions, one for each week of Advent, and is perfect for small groups, Sunday school, midweek sessions, and choir workshops. Each lesson includes Scripture, song lyrics, devotional and contextual information, and discussion questions to stimulate deepening faith and a sense of community. The book includes leader helps. The four spirituals featured in Mary Had a Baby are “Mary Had a Baby,” “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow,” “Children, Go Where I Send Thee, “ and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.” A mp3 file of the four songs is available free with purchase of the study.
The Office of Christian Formation of the PCUSA has created toolkit resources based on 5 Christian Spiritual practices. These practices are Hospitality, Prayer, Service, Storytelling, and Retreat Each toolkit explores one of these Sabbath practices and includes “age and stage” guides to help you dig deeper into the practical application for your specific ministry context. We like to think of them as Sabbath practices because each one taps into the essential nature of what it means to celebrate Sabbath communally. Not surprisingly, it’s through our communal participation that we connect with God and one another in a qualitatively different kind of way.
In this new edition that includes a study guide, popular author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Brueggemann calls out our 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Brueggemann shows readers how keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Perfect for groups or self-reflection, Sabbath as Resistance offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance. (John Knox Press)
Derek Maul beckons you to join him on a devotional pilgrimage through Lent. Imagine yourself sitting at the table with Jesus and his disciples.
Walk with Jesus on the dusty path from Bethany to Jerusalem. Watch him closely and listen to his words of grace, hope, and challenge as he moves purposefully toward the Cross.
Reaching Toward Easter features 49 daily devotions that include in-depth Bible study, personal stories, and prayers.
Maul hopes that you will arrive at Holy Week refreshed rather than tired, inspired rather than discouraged, reflective rather than overwhelmed.
By the time you reach Easter, your pilgrimage will have prepared you to live as an “Eighth Day Believer”—a true follower of Jesus.
- 8-week study for individuals or groups
- Includes a Leader’s Guide
In Grateful: the Transformative Power of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass. The author explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls. This book can be done as an adult study of four weeks, using her categories of:
- Me: Emotion – Gifts and Thanks
- Me: Ethics – Awareness and Practice
- We: Emotion – Joy and Celebration
- We: Ethics – Community and Politics
- A Call to the Grateful Way
Dive deep into the history of the last days before the crucifixion.
In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience. The book provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike. As part of a larger six-week study that is perfect for Lent, it includes a DVD, a comprehensive Leader Guide, and a Participant Book (Cokesbury).
A Sanctified Art makes art & creative resources for church leaders and spiritual seekers.
This team of artists creates multimedia resources for worshiping communities of all shapes and sizes. They work collaboratively to bring scripture and theological themes to life through film, visual art, curriculum, coloring pages, liturgy, graphic designs, and more. Churches can make use of a wide variety of practical resources to get creative beyond the barriers of limited funds, expertise, and time.
Take time to better understand the importance of Holy Week with this six-session study based on the Gospel of Mark’s account of Holy Week. Christian adults will explore the importance of the events during Holy Week. Session themes include Jesus’ entry to the city; his disruption of and teaching in the temple; Jesus and the disciples in Bethany and during their Passover meal; Jesus’ prayer, arrest, and abandonment in Gethsemane; Jesus’ trial; and his crucifixion and burial. A resource sheet with an expanded spiritual practice based on Scripture is included in each session, in addition to discussion questions, prayers, and more.
Each week includes a Participant Handout and a Leader’s Guide that helps a leader facilitate a forty-five minute session.