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Thanksgiving: Cultivating Gratitude & Joy

Ideas, resources and conversation starters for creative approaches to Thanksgiving celebrations that are safe, healthy and fun!

Children's Books

1-Minute Gratitude Journal     Gratitude book list.jpg     Picture of The Blessing of You          Elephant's Music: Filipina, Monika: 9781433835056: Amazon.com: Books     The Examen Book: Exploring Every Day with God: Mitchell, Paul, Broussard,  Katie: 9780829451276: Amazon.com: Books     Picture of A Flood of Kindness          I Am Earth's Keeper book cover               The Little Book of Joy     Little Mole Gives Thanks     Maybe You Might          Cover of My Story Friend     Saving Earth     See You Tomorrow: A Manna and Mercy Board Book     Someday We Will: A Book for Grandparents and Grandchildren     Click to go to detail page for Something Beautiful     Tofu Takes Time     Help young children develop a growth mindset, cope with making mistakes, and learn to persevere.          We Are Better Together     What Do I Do with Worry?

Tweens & Teens

Gratitude book list.jpg     Chapter Books to Encourage Mindfulness & Gratitude    BHF logo (with DGT).png     See The Good Journal - By Zach Windahl (hardcover) : Target

Adult Books

The Artist's Joy: A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life     Picture of Bread of Life     Dusk, Night, Dawn     Faith Practices               Hope: A User's Manual  -     By: MaryAnn McKibben Dana     Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace     How Not to Be Afraid: Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying     Picture of Looking for God in Messy Places     Messy Minimalism: Realistic Strategies for the Rest of Us     Picture of The Peace Project     Picture of Signs of Hope     Singing Fierce Gratitude | Daily Poems of Abundance, Generosity, and Gratitude (Datsko de Sanchez)     The Spirituality of Transformation, Joy, and Justice: The Ignatian Way for Everyone     

Activities

Gratitude Calendar 2023 Gratitude Tree Printable image 1Gratitude Every Day in November: Get your congregation on board with an all-church gratitude practice. Licenses are available per congregation and are good for up to 500 copies. Also included is gratitude leaves to print for a gratitude tree!

Hope: A User's Manual  -     By: MaryAnn McKibben DanaArianne Braithwaite Lehn wrote the book discussion guide for Hope: A User’s Manual. The guide is meant for groups. Each section includes a prayer, discussion questions, a take-it-with-you portion, and a benediction. Find the guide here.

See The Good Journal - By Zach Windahl (hardcover) : Target     Wonder Seeker

Webinars & Trainings

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

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Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Thank youHow to Raise Grateful Children

Strategies that can help your child develop a deeper understanding of gratitude — into their teen years

posted 11.02.23 by Jill Anderson of Harvard Graduate School of Education

Gratitude in an Unjust World

By Jodi Belcher (she/her/hers); Building Faith; Nov 18, 2022

Erin Strobes' mission for her monthly blog, Nourish, is to help you be kinder to yourself and others.

 

Image credit: Nicholas Kramer, Untitled (detail), 2021, photograph, Seattle. Used with permission.

Father Richard Rohr - citing numerous mystics - shared a full week on Mystical Hope.

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza wonders Where Has This Year Gone?!? and encourages us to begin each day with "Thank you".

Rev. Deborah (Deb) Vaughn shares a simple reminder of the gift of noticing the Beauty around Me when days are dreary - and sharing beauty with others.

An Unexpected Emergency in Flight is a reminder of the incredible grace and joy we experience knowing "we are in this together".

5 Ways to Grow Grateful Kids from Faith Formation Ministries

5 Ways to Celebrate With Your Family  

As followers of Jesus, we celebrate to remember and anticipate God’s abundant goodness, creativity, faithfulness, beauty, and love. This practice invites families to cultivate joy with the God who rejoices in us (Zeph. 3:17). Here are five “delight-full” ways to do so.

In Our Library

Apprenticed to Hope: A Sourcebook for Difficult Times     Available Hope: Parenting, Faith, and a Terrifying World - Richardson, Julie E          The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams          Paperback Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity Book                    A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough by Wayne Muller               The Way of Gratitude: Readings for a Joyful Life  -     Edited By: Michael Leach, James Keane, Doris Goodnough     The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello (Image Pocket  Classics): Anthony de Mello: 9780385249393: Amazon.com: Books