Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to support Sabbath observations.
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Leaders may also find support for Sabbath as self-care in our Boundaries & Safety: Office Hours lib guide.
The Sabbath is a day of rest given to us by God. Although it is right and good to take an entire Sabbath day to rest each week, I also like to incorporate mini-sabbath moments into each day. In the midst of a busy life, just a few minutes can bring us great peace, focus our minds, and usher us back to God’s presence. These Sabbath notecards are designed for busy teens and adults. You might enjoy using them with younger children as well or practicing them as a family.
This activity kit inspired by Let's Do Everything and Nothing inspires kids to think of others—interviewing a family member about their day or coloring a heartfelt sign to give to a friend—and all the joy that love brings to their world.
The Creation Spirituality Interfaith Worship Experience meets every Sunday at 6:00 PM CT. Register here for the zoom link.
by Dr. Dave Rahn and Ebonie Davis
Rest must be central to our reimagining of everything in our daily existence, including our work.
Why Doing Nothing Is Good For You By Olga Mecking & Ruth Terry
Niksen is a Dutch verb which means “doing nothing.” It is used to explore methods of combatting work-related stresses and burnout. The Dutch art of niksen—intentionally doing nothing, letting the mind wander—is much needed in our over-scheduled lives.
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Your Life Kit for better sleep
Getting a good night's rest is critical to your wellbeing, but it isn't always easy to go to bed or sleep through the night. Life Kit's here to help you and your loved ones achieve optimal sleep.
Can we get better at resting? Can we set better goals and push toward resting better? This episode talks about the need to look at rest differently and then figures out practical ways to actually do it in regular life.
The 7 types of rest that every person needs (Sleep and rest are not the same thing!)
From Nicole Havelka, of Time Boss fame:
by Lisa Witherspoon, Director of Children’s Ministries, First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC
The Case for Slow Work from Yes! Magazine, by Paige Curtis
The right to live, work, and play at our own pace is inalienable and worth protecting at all costs.
Krista Tippett's interview, Finding Ease in Aloneness, with Buddhist Stephen Batchelor, author of The Art of Solitude, is illuminative for us all.
Joseph Yoo of MinistryMatters wonders about Pastor's Office Hours: Time to Cut Back?
Thom Rainer outlines Nine Issues Regarding Pastors Office Hours.
Living Lutheran's Erin Strybis explores The Spiritual Discipline of Rest.
MN Annual Conference UMC's Cindy Gregerson invites us to consider a Sabbath Reset.
Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder shares Choose Yourself... Sometimes, a treatise on "Covid's coercion to come, sit, and rest awhile".
Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble makes the point of Sabbath rest succinctly in The Future of Work.
Eileen Campbell-Reed interviews J. Dana Trent in Episode 113: Sabbath of her 3MMM podcast.
Please listen to/watch Renee' Jones-Schneider's Star Tribune article, Black Twin Citians Finding Comfort in Safe Spaces. May every BIPOC soul find a safe space.