Learning Strategies for "Living Our Baptism"

Celebration of Baptism - General

NEW! Link to “An Experiential Meditation on Baptism” by Carolyn Moomaw Chilton at BuildingFaith

NEW! Living the Promises of Baptism: 101 Ideas for Parents is a book of concrete ideas to help families nurture their children’s faith by living out their baptism in daily life.

NEW! Link to two youth group devotions on Baptism from United Methodist of Greater New Jersey: “Taking the Plunge” and “Just Add Water”

Celebration of Baptism - General Resources 

Living Our Baptism - Five Gifts of Discipleship Resources

Living Our Baptism - Five Gifts of Discipleship Resources

Living Our Baptism – “Strive for Justice and Peace in All the Earth (Fifth Gift)”

NEW! Link to The Generosity Project, an intergenerational, household-focused approach to stewardship. Its goals are to connect generations, create centers for the faith practice of generosity, and grow in God’s grace generation to generation.  The page has free downloadable resources as well as resources available for a nominal fee.

Also see The Generosity Project Facebook page.

NEW! Link to Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry . . . Button Prayers.  Collect a variety of buttons and use these ideas to prompt members of your group to pray for others.

NEW! I Can Do No Other: A Church’s New Here We Stand Movement by Anna M. Madsen is a book that makes the case that the church’s new reformation movement is about justice.  Discussion questions for small groups are included.

New! Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan discusses how the ELCA, in which he is a pastor, can be renewed through racial equality and justice. Discussion questions for small groups are included. 

NEW! Maybe God is Like That Too by Jennifer Grant is a storybook for preschool and elementary students that is centered around a young boy living in the city and asking his grandmother where God is.

NEW! When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb is a storybook for preschoolers to help children learn about and be empathic with those with special needs.

NEW! Link to devotional resources about caring for creation from the Lutherans Restoring Creation website.

Link to the Living Our Baptism -“Strive for Justice and Peace in All the Earth (Fifth Gift)” Page...

Living Our Baptism - Seasonal and Thematic

NEW! Link to “Baptism Begins Real New Year” by Bishop Elizabeth Eaton in Living Lutheran

New! Link to Vibrant Faith @ Home . . . Resolutions. Increase your commitment to serve others (the Fourth Gift of Discipleship) in the new year.

NEW! Vibrant Faith @ Home . . . Being a Godparent gives suggestions for godparents to interact with their godchild through the different seasons.

NEW! Golden Rule 2020 Initiative: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics is an initiative supported by ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and other faith leaders.  The website provides ideas for congregations and individuals to build bridges and support civil discourse.  See also the story in Living LutheranELCA Presiding Bishop Signs on to Golden Rule 2020 initiative.

More Living Our Baptism - Seasonal and Thematic Resources

Background Readings

NEW! Link to article “Blessed are the Peacemakers” by Megan Brandsrud in Living Lutheran.

NEW! They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration by Stephen Bouman and Ralston Deffenbaugh provides the reader with stories and insights into the immigration debate.

NEW! Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help by Robert D. Lupton is a guide to help well-meaning churches evaluate what they do.  It argues that most charitable work is either ineffective or actually hurts those it is designed to help. 

NEW! Link to “The Roots of Baptism (And Confirmation)” by Sharon Ely Pearson

NEW! Link to Café podcast . . . “Gender Equality” at BoldCafe.org  a web resource for young adult women from the Women of the ELCA

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