What follows are recommendations for great things, crowd-sourced at this week’s Clergy Conference!
THEOLOGY, POLITICAL, & LIFE BOOKS
Wait, What? and Life’s Other Essential Questions – James E. Ryan
The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence – Henri J.M. Nouwen
The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge – Abraham Flexner
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship – Gregory Boyle
God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation – Terence E. Fretheim
The Origin of Others – Toni Morrison
Navigating Paul: An Introduction to Key Theological Concepts – Jouette M. Bassler
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion – Jonathan Haidt
Christ Actually: Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age – James Carroll
CHURCH, ORGANIZATIONAL, & LEADERSHIP BOOKS
A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix – Edwin H. Friedman
Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard – Chip & Dan Heath
The Fly in the Ointment: Why Denominations Aren’t Helping Their Congregations . . . and How They Can – J. Russell Crabtree
Owl Sight: Evidence-Based Discernment and the Promise of Organizational Intelligence for Ministry – J. Russell Crabtree
Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds – adrienne marie brown
Anything by Steven Charleston!
Atheism for Lent – Peter Rollins. A Decentering Practice designed to envelop you in [. . .] the ‘Cloud of Unknowing.’
Healing MN’s Sacred Sites Tour. Learn about MN history from a Native perspective through storytelling and experiencing the sites in silence/meditation/reflection.
Poets.org – poem a day newsletter
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text – a podcast introducing sacred reading through Harry Potter.
QPR Institute – suicide-prevention training.
Mental Health First Aid – mental health and substance abuse recognition and response education
For kids: Captain America