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)
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
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.
Most of us only see God working in our lives afterwards. We don’t recognize our story as part of God’s story. This curriculum, which includes short video clips as well as a leader’s guide and student material, focuses on the Joseph story.
Joseph had quite the story, but it didn’t really begin until he saw his story as part of God’s story. His great accomplishments came only after he recognized the significance of what he had done and what God was doing through him. In exploring Joseph’s life, participants will discover how to see their lives through God’s eyes and learn how to co-create the real story of their own.
This is a 4-session resource which might be adapted for more meeting times. This could be successfully used with small groups, smaller Sunday School classes, or a larger group which divided into smaller units for discussion. The author has a fresh approach which is engaging.
In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths.
Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016), the Rev. Denise Anderson and the Rev. Jan Edmiston, invite the church to join them in a literary journey on race. “One Church One Book” is an opportunity for PC(USA) members, mid councils, and staff members to read, reflect, share and listen, with the help of a variety of resources and conversation-starters provided with each selected book.
For additional information on Facing Racism from the PCUSA, see below/
Lectionary-based video sermons by America’s best preachers for use in worship, Bible study, small groups, Sunday school classes, or for individual use. Preachers include Will Willimon, Amy Butler, Michael Curry, Brian McLaren, and many more. All you do is push the button. Perfect for individual viewing or a small group Bible study around a kitchen table or in the classroom. Just start by reading the scriptures and then start streaming!
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The Work of the People is an independent ecumenical platform that produces and publishes multimedia to stir imagination, spark discussion and move people toward discovery and transformation.
Seeing and living in God’s alternative narrative of abundance and freedom often requires a holy disruption that gets us to an altered perspective. The Work Of The People strives to be a holy disruption and prophetic witness that creates multimedia as a daring proclamation and moves people toward growth and divine vocation.
By gathering the wisdom and insight of an unparalleled collection of theologians and practitioners, The Work Of The People have become trusted creators of content that doesn’t decorate, but declares; and curators of a unique cloud of witnesses who challenge and invite us to live upside down and abundant lives.