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Faith Formation: Talking about Social Action/Justice/Engagement

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Children's Books


     All the Feelings Under the Sun     Kids learn how imagination gives them the power to connect to themselves and the world around them.               Change Sings  is brought to life by #1  New York Times  bestselling illustrator Loren Long, the artist behind Barack Obama’s children’s book  Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters . Written as a children’s anthem, Gorman’s book reminds the newest generation that they have the power to shape the word with their actions and voices.     Desmond Gets Free          Finding Beauty     The Girl with Big, Big Questions               Jayden’s Impossible Garden: timeless story about community and connection     Liberty's Civil Rights Road Trip               Lulu’s story personalizes the struggles of children experiencing food insecurity and hunger.     Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe     Maybe I Can Love My Neighbor Too          No Voice Too Small     Partner People: A Manna and Mercy Board Book     Sarah Rising          Sofia Valdez's Big Project Book for Awesome Activists     Cover of Something Happened in Our Park          Together     Walking for Water | Kids Can Press     Look Inside Walking toward Peace     We Wait for the Sun     What to Do When the News Scares You     You Are Revolutionary       

Zonia's Rain Forest

Includes a translation of the story in Ashaninka, information about the Ashaninka community, and resources on the Amazon rain forest and its wildlife.

Tweens & Teens

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.

Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way     Borders and Belonging     Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman     Diary of a Young Naturalist     Main_lend_a_hand_cover     Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing          Practicing     Image result for praying with our feet     Read This to Get Smarter     Rolling Warrior     Cover of Something Happened in Our Park     Collected Poems          To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope      

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Young Adults & Adults

Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist     Be the Brave One: Living Your Spiritual Values Out Loud and Other Life Lessons     Better: Waking Up to Who We Could Be     Boomerang / Bumerán     Born Again and Again     Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman          Cornered by the Dark     Defund Fear     Picture of Everyone Must Eat     Faith, Class, and Labor     Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty     Picture of Faithful in Small Things     Book cover image: Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive     Fight Like Jesus     Humankind     John Pavlovitz; Pavlovitz; palvovitz; plavlovitz; jon Pavlovitz; john Pavlovitz book; Pavlovitz book; john Pavlovitz books; Pavlovitz books; new Pavlovitz; new john Pavlovitz; new Pavlovitz book; new Pavlovitz books; new john Pavlovitz book; new john Pavlovitz books; stuff that needs to be said; stuff that needs to be said blog; stuff that needs to be said book; spiritual none; spiritual nones; religious none; religious nones; if god is love; If god is love book; if god is love Pavlovitz; if god is love john Pavlovitz; if god is love Pavlovitz book; if god is love john Pavlovitz book; if god is love don’t be a jerk; if god is love, don’t be a jerk; if god is love dont be a jerk; if god is love, don’t be a jerk; finding faith that makes us better; finding a faith that makes us better humans; Christian living book; Christian living books; progressive Christian; progressive Christians; progressive Christianity; progressive Christian book; progressive Christianity book; progressive Christianity books; the church of not being horrible; how to be a better Christian; being a better Christian; Christian left; the Christian left; progressive Christian author, progressive Christian authors; john Pavlovitz twitter; john Pavlovitz facebook; Pavlovitz twitter; john Pavlovitz facebook; john Pavlovitz trump; john Pavlovitz Wikipedia; who is john Pavlovitz; john Pavlovitz author; john Pavlovitz blog; john Pavlovitz quotes;; john Pavlovitz bio; pastor john Pavlovitz youtube; liberal christian; liberal christianity; liberal christian book; liberal christianiy books; progressive religion; progressive religion books; F2021     Indispensable Church - Lifeway     Jesus for Farmers and Fishers: Justice for All Those Marginalized by Our Food System     Jesus Takes a Side     Journey to the Common Good, Updated Edition     The Lightmaker's Manifesto: How to Work for Change without Losing Your Joy          Neighbor Love through Fearful Days: Finding Purpose and Meaning in a Time of Crisis     On Love and Mercy     Our Angry Eden: Faith and Hope on a Hotter, Harsher Planet     Parenting for a Better World: Social Justice Practices for Your Family and the Planet          Practicing     Read This to Get Smarter     Reading the Times     Cover for Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul     The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World     Simply Christian     Collected Poems     To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope          Upside Down Living     The Way of Imagination     We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign     We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by [Brian D. McLaren]     Welcoming the Unwelcome     When We Stand          The Words of Her Mouth | Psalms for the Struggle (Spong)

Websites, Articles, & Podcasts


Image credit: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, El ensueño (detail), 1931, photograph, Wikiart.

Father Richard Rohr encourages us to consider our relationship with Compassion in Contemplation Creates Compassion and Compassion as Steadfast Love, and more...


GoodDocs offers high quality streaming video documentaries and speakers covering a range of topics through diverse lenses.

1- to 3-year subscriptions are available for congregations.

See our Great Idea for one way to incorporate documentaries/speakers into congregational life and outreach.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble encourages using The Subversive Way of Love when engaging in social justice efforts.

The Kaleo Center offers this excellent resource on Sevenfold Social Transformation: excellent reading for vision, mission, and identity discernment; outreach and organizing discussions; and community engagement decisions.

The Spiritual Edge

USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture and KALW's The Spiritual Edge podcast shares its first season, Sacred Steps: intimate profiles of activists and humanitarians challenging the status quo. From a COVID ward in Boston, to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, each episode connects listeners to the struggles and hopes of individuals giving everything for the wellbeing of others. Listen to the trailer here.


An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice

Their Racial JusticeLGBTQIA+Gender and Environment pages are updated regularly with articles reflective of current events, issues, and practices.

 Presents How to Change the World with a Book Your Tweens Refuse to Read

Inspire your reluctant reader and use literature to do good! along with numerous fantastic book lists for raising compassionate, socially engaged kids (most of their lists are highlighted in these lib guides!).

[ ] Citations Needed is a podcast about the intersection of media, PR, and power. The language can be raw, but the conversations will fuel small group discussions.

Episode 58: The Neoliberal Optimism Industry may be a good place to start (see transcript here).

Curricula, Webinars, & Training

Commissioner John Harrington and Interfaith Action invite interfaith leaders statewide to join in conversations about forging a better system of public safety and policing in Minnesota. Clergy and congregations are asked to outline how they think public safety officers should respond in various scenarios. Then engage with sacred texts addressing similar scenarios. Then, respond again. Responses will be gathered by an expert team into a report of Minnesota's faith communities' input on how public safety should be shaped.

Visit the website to learn more and register your congregation to participate.

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Our Angry Eden: Faith and Hope on a Hotter, Harsher Planet

The Our Angry Eden Discussion Guide is perfect for church groups, book clubs, and individual study.

CONVERGENCE offers numerous leadership and community development webinars on-demand or in a cohort:

  • White Too Long: A Webinar with Robert Jones from the Anderson Forum for Progressive Theology

Upside Down Living

Other Book Lists

Doing Good Together encourages families to explore Our [Nation's] Storied History with children to empower all kids with stories that inspire civic engagement and a hunger for justice; includes picture books and books for teens and adults.

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Doing Good Together encourages parents in

Raising Engaged Humans: A Book List for Big-Hearted Parents

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Doing Good Together offers families Tools to Raise Ethical, Engaged Citizens, including Service Projects, Videos, Reflection Tools, and Book Lists for Young Change Makers and Their Families.