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Worship: Creating More Inclusive Worship

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Preaching - Books

     Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope     ecc7ae_c75d4a6de24448a7aa666079ca3ce792~mv2.jpg          The Darkness Divine     GOD IN THE GHETTO     I Remember     MOVING THE MASSES               R.I.C.H. in Preaching     Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey     Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers

Differently-Abled Awareness

The Accessible Altar is a monthly podcast exploring the intersections of faith and disability. Robyn and Stephanie met in seminary and share a frustration with how the Christianity has allowed ableist ideas to shape how we think and preach about the bible, lead services, and practice theology. The website includes this list of additional resources.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

For Mental Health Sunday (May 16, 2021), The UCC Mental Health Network partnered with The United Church of Canada to offer a new resource: Radical Belonging: Mental Health Sunday Liturgies and Resources for All.

  • downloadable
  • available in a PDF and a large print Word document
  • for any congregation of any size that wishes to become a place of radical belonging.

This liturgy includes challenges to the systemic sins that create “otherness” and ableism, shareable stories of people living with mental illness and disabilities, and words of grace and celebration for the opportunities we have as the Body of Christ to love, care for and accept one another.

     Disability and the Church     Disability Visibility     Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness

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An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice

Disabling Lent: An Anti-Ableist Lenten Devotional

Preaching

The PC(USA) Store has compiled a list of resources for Preaching & Teaching Women's Stories and Books for LGBTQIA+ Inclusion.

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The Gospel for Changemakers by Rev. Tyler Sit

There is no Allyship Airlines for which you can buy a ticket and sit comfy.

Equity Lens on Preaching & Praying: Regarding the Insurrection on Capital Hill and Equity Lens on Preaching and Praying during the Derek Chauvin Trial and the season of Lent

from the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area; by Rev. Anna Kendig Flores, PTCA Anti-Racism Institutional Assessment Coordinator

Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes reflects on Contemplating Anger in Oneing, the blog of the Center for Action and Contemplation. She also offers a fantastic video promotion of her book by the same name in Race and the Cosmos.

The Ministry Lab is excited to share access to Rev. Jia Starr Brown's transformative series, Journey to Freedom: Embracing God's Cultural Mosaic of People. Along with diversity trainings, Bible studies, and book groups, the 2020 them, Intersectionality, was brought to life by six guest preachers reflecting on John 4:4-26 (The Woman at the Well) and poetry and music from Minnesota-based artists.

Liturgical Elements

This Is the Day: Liturgy for Love and Justice. Formation for Faith and Renewal offers Inspired: A 7-Week Womanist Worship Series.

The Promise & the Practice offers a collection of worship materials by UU religious professionals of color.

     

 This video is from the 2021 Online ELCA's Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Network's Extravaganza. It is the Story of Confession from Vance Blackfox from the Opening Worship. A powerful confession for us all, based on the story of Joseph in the Pit.

Episode 135: Black Liturgies with Cole Arthur Riley

Cole Arthur Riley is the Black Liturgist. Find her poems, liturgies, prayers and other writings on her website and follow her on instagram.

Psalms from Prison (Chavis)

In RevGalBlogPals, The Pastoral Is Political blog, Rev. Emily Heitzman clarifies the importance of creating Affirming Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Youth.

The Darkness Divine

FREE VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE FOR MAY 25 &/OR MAY 30

Church Anew hosts a virtual worship service that centers Black, Indigenous and People of Color voices providing space for original poetry, liturgy for confession and healing, eclectic and spirited music for communal singing, and preaching for justice and wholeness. The service is available digitally for congregations to use on the anniversary of George Floyd's death, May 25, or as a worship service for Sunday, May 30.

A collated Interfaith Prayer for Peace; adding pieces from other world religions or individuals - especially those targeted by hate groups - might add to its power.

The Promise & the Practice offers a collection of worship materials by UU religious professionals of color.

created Prayers, Litanies, and Laments for the Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine, which are appropriate for worship throughout the Season of Pentecost, include suggestions for use online. See also the ELCA’s weekly liturgical prompts, Worship in the Home.

Frank Schaeffer, son of Francis Schaeffer, who created and shaped the evangelical political movement of the '80s, which brought us to today, shared this compelling video: part confession, part admonition. Important insight for creating helpful study and/or sermons.