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Faith Formation: Truth-Telling & Story Telling

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 God's Critters Sing Allelu     As Babies Dream          The Big Book of Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids, Repackaged  -     By: Sandy Silverthorne     The Girl with Big, Big Questions          I Wish You Knew     A beautifully illustrated Bible for 4-8,encouraging children to wonder about our great God.     Mira and the Big Story (read by the author)     Cover of My Story Friend     Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel: The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet     The Raven and the Dove, The Big Fish, and The Stubborn Donkey     Sing, Aretha, Sing!     Steeped in Stories: Timeless Children's Novels to Refresh Our Tired Souls

Tweens & Teens Books

Ancestor Approved     The Big Book of Crack Yourself Up Jokes for Kids, Repackaged  -     By: Sandy Silverthorne     Courageous Creativity: Advice and Encouragement for the Creative Life     Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing     When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2: More Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics

Adult Books

          Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World     Cornered by the Dark     The Good Book     The Great Reckoning     How the Word Is Passed     How to Have an Enemy     In the Way of the Story     Jesus Takes a Side     The Lightmaker's Manifesto: How to Work for Change without Losing Your Joy          Reading the Times     Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally     Shelter in This Place     The Soul of the Family Tree     The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal     Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative               Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities     Unsettling Truths     Upside Down Living     When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2: More Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics     

In Our Library

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt     Faithful Questions     Finding God in the Graffiti | Empowering Teenagers Through Their Stories (Rogers)          9780835899192: The God-Hungry Imagination: The Art of Storytelling for Postmodern Youth Ministry          Kitchen Table Youth Ministry | Inviting God to Dinner (Strukova)     25540140. sy475                The Sacred Selves of Adolescent Girls  -     Edited By: Evelyn L. Parker     2998655     9780787962579: Sacred Stories of Ordinary Families: Living the Faith in Daily Life     Shaped by the Story : Helping Students Encounter God in a New Way     Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling Cover Image               Book - Paperback     Cover Image               When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-filled Responses for Tough Topics

Children Learn What They Read: Seeing the Presence of God through Selected Storybooks

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

A person sharing their story in a small groupThe Power of Storytelling in Ministry” featuring Jee Hae Song

How can storytelling impact your ministry? And how can you inspire others to share their stories? Jee Hae Song believes we all have gifts for storytelling. In this podcast episode she shares part of her story to inspire others to share how God works in their lives.

Decorative ImageShare Faith Stories This Summer

Summer is a great time to incorporate storytelling into gatherings, whether they happen in church or around a campfire. The Faith Storytelling toolkit offers ideas to get you started.

Flyaway Books - Home | FacebookFree Activity Pack from Flyaway Books

This activity pack includes a variety of coloring pages and activities inspired by their picture books.

Faith Practices At Home

from Traci Smith, includes videos for Hospitality, Prayer, Retreat, Service, Storytelling, and Holy Week

Featured News ImageHolding the Tension of Opposites

An Alternative Orthodoxy helps us discern which stories to include and which to transcend.

The Mystical Body of Zoom by Diana Butler Bass

Online church is a gift to be embraced.

How To Use Flipgrid In The Classroom Tutorial - YouTubeInvite kids to share their own stories using Flipgrid.

Why follow Jesus if you don’t believe all of scripture?

by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers

AND

God Is No Longer a Working Number: Rethinking Christianity for the Twenty-first Century

by Martin Thielen

Both include helpful insights when walking youth through faith and the Bible.

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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.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble, reflecting on how our words/language create our realities, encourages us to Say What You Mean.

On Being with Krista Tippett

Jessica Guleth wonders, "What does it look like for the voices of our youth to be invited in, heard and included in the ways we do for adults? What needs adjusting in our minds and hearts to see and hear them as members?" in The Future of the Church Is Young.

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

Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing

Download the free Mightier than the Sword Activity Pack for kids to continue learning about people who have changed the world through writing!

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza reflects on the power of seeing ourselves in the Biblical narrative in Look in the Book and considers the importance of truth-telling - to ourselves and about ourselves; to others, and about the world - for Living in Peace.

Community Stories

Check out the SoulPancake website: full of beautiful stories to inspire, encourage, and deepen conversations.

Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at SMU

Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence offers a list of Storytelling Websites for honing the craft.

Kairos Blanket Exercise

The Kairos Blanket Exercise is available with in-person or virtual facilitation, leading people through locally adapted scripts to appreciate the significant historical and generational toll colonization has had on Indigenous communities.

GOOD DOCS

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.

HEALING MINNESOTA STORIES: SACRED SITES TOURS

As part of Healing Minnesota Stories' effort to create dialogue, understanding, and healing between Native and non-Native peoples, Minnesota Council of Churches offers Sacred Site Tours of the Twin Cities area. The tour includes information on Dakota history, culture, and sacred sites, as well as the oppression and genocide they faced, and ultimately their exile.

As the topics are quite serious the tours are considered age appropriate for high-school age or older.

Learn more and register here.

Websites

Picture Book Theology

Build The Kindom (sic) of God while finding The Sacred in The Ordinary in pages of profound, beautiful picture books.

Hanna Schock maintains the Picture Book Theology website and leads workshops and sacred lessons.

Webinars & Trainings

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