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Contemplative Practices: Sabbath

resources to support contemplative beginners and adepts, including individuals, families, small groups and congregational practices

Worship for Worship Leaders


The Ministry Lab's 2021 Summer Worship Series features voices expressive of the diversity of identities and contexts of The Ministry Lab's supporting congregations.

Preachers and liturgists include:

Stay Awake: Showing Up for Justice - Reflecting on the Garden of Gethsemane

  • Preacher: Rev. Tyler Sit, New City Church, South Minneapolis (UMC)
  • Spoken Word artist Joe Davis & The Poetic Diaspora musical collective (ELCA)
  • Composer and musician Bret Hesla (ELCA)
  • United Seminarians Elizabeth O'Sullivan, Dr. LaTayna Purnell, and Marshall Sartain (with a PC(USA)-informed liturgy)

Everyone's Chains Came Off - Reflecting on Paul & Silas' Liberation from Prison

Believe Jesus - Reflecting on Thomas' Need to See & Touch

  • Preacher: Rev. Jia Starr Brown, First Covenant Church, Minneapolis (Non-Denominational)
  • Spoken Word artist Joe Davis & The Poetic Diaspora musical collective (ELCA)
  • Additional guest artists & musicians TBA
  • United Seminarians Chance Martinez-Colon and Mike Mataczynski
  • Watch for this in late July!!


Recognizing that worship formats vary across the state, all three services will be available in video and print form - use as best fits your setting!

These are free resources for member congregations. Learn about membership here.

Check here for additional information!

Adult Books

The Deepest Belonging: A Story about Discovering Where God Meets Us Cover Image     Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee          Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World     Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time     

Children's Books

We All Play


Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

Joseph Yoo of MinistryMatters wonders about Pastor's Office Hours: Time to Cut Back?

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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 Site Icon

Eileen Campbell-Reed interviews J. Dana Trent in Episode 113: Sabbath of her 3MMM podcast.

Doors open at Black Table Arts | Longfellow Nokomis Messenger

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.