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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.     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

Adult Books

          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               Turning Ourselves Inside Out: Thriving Christian Communities     Upside Down Living     

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

How To Use Flipgrid In The Classroom Tutorial - YouTube

Invite 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
Glennon Doyle & Abby Wambach
‘Courage is the presence of fear, and going anyway.’

Kevin Kling

The Losses We Grow Into

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

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.

Webinars & Trainings

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