Living Our Baptism – “Serve all people following the example of Jesus”
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 ELCA Explanation of “Strive for Justice and Peace in All the Earth”
Mine! A Counting Book about Sharing by Caryn Rivadeneira is for children 3 and under. It teaches counting while at the same time develops the concepts of yours, mine, and sharing with others. Part of the Generous Kids books developed in a partnership between Beaming Books and Thrivent.
It’s Not Fair! A Book About Having Enough by Caryn Rivadeneira is for children age 4-6. Part of the Generous Kids series, this book teaches about money, choices, and generosity.
Link to Embrace Race website with recommendations for children’s books to encourage conversation about race and racism
Link to ELCA “A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence” Resources on this page, though dated for June and July, can be used at any time of year. They include scripture readings, prayers, stories, and church teachings.
Dialogues On resources provide seven-week small group encounters to discuss difficult topics. Each series has available a DVD, participant book, and leader guide. Current topics include: Race, Sexuality, and The Refugee Crisis.