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Bless This Home (19885)
Bless This Home is a service of hospitality that clergy and lay leaders can use for blessing one's home (apartment, condo) and its residents. Service includes: Gathering, The Blessing, Blessings for Individual Rooms of the Home, Closing, and Scripture passages throughout. Bless This Home is meant to be a celebration. Residents can invite family, friends, and neighbors to witness and celebrate with them as they transform their dwelling place into a sacred space.
Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Our Elders (17171)
Caring For Ourselves: While Caring For Our Elders shares the true stories of family members who are caring for elderly loved ones. Caring For Ourselves: While Caring For Our Elders gives an overview of some of the psychological issues involved in contemporary elder care, and the second chapter approaches some overarching biblical themes. Following these introductory sections are 25 brief yet edifying chapters that tell the stories of some remarkably honest people who are caring for elderly loved ones. Each story is paired with a passage from the scriptures that shares some key points of resemblance. The stories are also accompanied by a short psychological commentary on each situation, some biblical background for the text, and questions for discussion or reflection. An "assignment" is given for each chapter - a brief activity for the week, a light and non-verbal way to integrate one or more of the issues in the contemporary story or the biblical story. Each chapter concludes with a prayer for those who share some aspect of this situation. Maren Tirabassi, Maria Tirabassi & Leanne McCall Tigert hope that you will be inspired and strengthened, and as a result, your elderly loved ones will benefit.
Christian Prayer and Labyrinths: Pathways to Faith, Hope and Love (16348)
Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion draws upon her experience to introduce you to many resources for using labyrinths in Christian prayer and ministry. Christian Prayer and Labyrinths: Pathways to Faith, Hope and Love will lead you down pleasant paths of pilgrimage and creativity. Your relationship will be transformed and you will be able to get through the "dark nights of the soul." You will be opened to witness Christ's work through the labyrinth time and time again.
Eco-Faith: Creating and Sustaining Green Congregations - PDF Download (18185P)
Do you want to put your concern about global warming, pollution, and environmental destruction into church and community action? Eco-Faith: Creating and Sustaining Green Congregations is a user-friendly guide to help you to care for the whole of God's creation. Filled with lists of facts, actions, and resources, Eco-Faith will point you in the way to green your church. There are inspiring stories from worship communities around the country that have made the decision to go green. Additionally, Charlene Hosenfeld integrates current ecological research, religious thought, and a psychological perspective. (PDF Download)
Essential Lent: Holy Moments and Sacred Experiences for Your Whole Congregation (20003)
In one volume, Essential Lent: Holy Moments and Sacred Experiences for Your Whole Congregation offers interesting, easy-to-prepare activities and worship resources that invite your church to delve a little deeper into this season and make it more meaningful than ever.
You'll learn about Lent observances around the world and will be encouraged to try new things in worship, as well as practice traditional Lenten rituals. The most exciting thing about Essential Lent is that it's designed to engage everyone in your congregation, regardless of age or individual faith journey.
Faith Practices - Praying and Making Ritual (FP231)
Faith Practices - Praying and Making Ritual // There are many ways to praise God. Before you fold your hands and bow your head, why not explore the rich world of spiritual traditions that awaits you? (These resources will be sent as a downloadable PDF, not printed material.)
For Another Flock: Daily Advent and Christmas Meditations for Gay and Lesbian Christians (16127)
For Another Flock provides gay and lesbian Christians with personal and group resources for daily meditation and prayer during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
The book begins with a short liturgical history of Advent and Christmas and ends with suggestions for family and small group activities for the season.
Forgiving Yourself: Why You Must, How You Can (18413)
According to Robert and Jeanette Lauer, forgiving yourself can be the most difficult kind of forgiveness to practice, yet not forgiving yourself can be corrosive to your well-being. Self-forgiveness is the natural corollary to God's forgiveness. The main focus of the book is the steps we can take to allow God's forgiveness into our lives and relationships.
From Literal to Literary: The Essential Reference Book for Biblical Metaphors (Universal PDF) (17881P)
From Literal to Literary: The Essential Reference Book for Biblical Metaphors is the quintessential tool for faith formation, sermon preparation and Bible study. Easy to understand illustrations will help you to dig deeper than ever into the meaning of the words behind the characters and the stories that you find in the Bible. James Rowe Adams provides indexes and cross references that make From Literal to Literary, a must for every progressive church library. (Universal PDF)
Funerals With Today's Families in Mind: A Handbook for Pastors (17867)
Building on the success of Weddings with Today's Families In Mind: A Handbook for Pastors, Doreen McFarlane's new book for pastors focuses on the subject of funerals: how to conduct a meaningful funeral or memorial service and how to be a truly sensitive caregiver to today's often complex families in their time of bereavement.
Give Me Strength: Personal Prayers for School Teachers (19809)
Sharon Harris-Ewing has written her book of prayers, Give Me Strength, to help teachers reconnect, name their truth, and move forward positively in very difficult times. Give Me Strength Personal Prayers for School Teachers offers prayers that deal with those all too common situations and difficulties teachers encounter. These personal prayers can guide and inspire teachers to approach teaching prayerfully to pray for themselves, their students, and their community. Sharon Harris-Ewing, is a college trainer of teachers as well as an ordained minister who knows the power of prayer.
Go Grow Your Church! Spiritual Leadership for African American Congregations (18017)
Go Grow Your Church! is a guide to help new pastors, seasoned pastors, and lay leaders of African American congregations in administration and spiritual leadership of their churches. Go Grow Your Church! offers administrative advice, suggests methods, and maps out an implementation process. James F. Miller, drawing from his many years of experience as a pastor of a congregation he grew from 150 to 2,300 members, actually takes into consideration how these congregations will respond to the methods and skillfully connects the elements of spiritual growth with the practical aspects of church ministry.
God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals (19793)
God is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals is a collection of light-hearted, God-filled, and provocative devotionals for the person who thinks devotionals are "too religious." Do you wonder if God has anything to say about what you face each day when you get up in the morning? Not sure that the Bible has much to tell you, but you are curious and willing to find out? The Stillspeaking Writers' Group provide relevant, brief, insightful devotionals designed to give you a powerful jolt each day. Each easy to read devotional provides a scripture verse, reflection and prayer for every day of the year. Whether as a thoughtful gift or a personal resource, this book will encourage, inspire, and strengthen anyone's Christian journey.
Healing Death: Finding Wholeness When a Cure is No Longer Possible (17607)
Most people facing the death of a loved one would like to do so with courage and grace. But we simply don't know where to begin. Drawing from his own personal experience when his father was dying, Zimmerman lays out the emotional and hands-on issues of death and dying. This book offers concrete ways and exercises of dealing with each one.
The book's nine chapters are designed to give a framework from which to build a person's healing experience of death.
Holding On...While Letting Go: Reflections in Times of Grave Illness (Looking Up series, Revised) (16453)
Holding on While Letting Go - The Pilgrim Press is pleased to re-introduce the revised Looking Up series. No one enjoys being in the hospital. It is a scary place filled with strange smells, sounds, and people. You count the days, feel the pain, try to understand, are courageous going through tests and treatments and exams . . . and wait to go home. Joan Hemenway helps you find ways to take this all to God and find the strength to go one in Holding On . . . While Letting Go.
Holy Stuff of Life: Stories, Poems, and Prayers About Human Things (17232)
Holy Stuff of Life: Stories, Poems, and Prayers about Human Things is a book about "stuff." We are stuff. What really makes us what and whose we are? Heather Murray Elkins explores the human, yet holy, connections of things such as: apple seeds, a tattoo, dishtowels, a broken chalice, and extra-virgin cooking oil blessed by the pope. You will be moved from wanting to consume more to seeing the holy in the stuff around you.
Indispensable Guide to End-of-Life Care, The (18482)
The Indispensable Guide to End-of-Life Care: focuses on the dimensions of end-of-life pastoral care for those about to enter the ministry.
Indispensable Guide to End-of-Life Care, The (Universal PDF) (18482D)
The Indispensable Guide to End-of-Life Care: focuses on the dimensions of end-of-life pastoral care for those about to enter the ministry. PDF Download
Interrupted by God: Glimpses from the Edge (19687)
With camera in hand Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland and an open lesbian, looks for and finds God on the edge of exclusion and embrace in Interrupted by God Glimpses From the Edge. This powerful combination of black and white photographs and spare storytelling shares not only her spiritual journey but will introduce you to interruptions by God in unexpected people and places: Lisa, the homeless Christmas angel; Siah, the infant hope of her ancestors; Sally, who feasts on communion remnants; the Garbage Tree on Ellison Street; and Bacardi, the drunken Christ, among others.
It's Your Time to Shine! Weekly Spiritual Reflections for Women (19670)
It's Your Time to Shine! Weekly Spiritual Reflections for Women by Nicole Roberts Jones is a weekly devotional to empower women. With Esther from the book of Esther, as your guide, you will be inspired, encouraged and motivated to follow God's plan for you. Christian women can use this weekly devotional to find transformation and hope in the midst of the trials of life. It's Your Time to Shine! Powerful, inspirational, motivational, edgy with urban flair.
Jesus and Those Bodacious Women: Life Lessons from One Sister to Another, 10th Anniversary Edition (17768)
Linda H. Hollies is well-known for her new spins on stories of biblical women such as Mary Magdalene, the Bent-over Woman, Queen Esther, and Mary. Hollies writes with empathy, inspiration, humor, and poignancy.
Five new stories - with additional spins and turns - have been added to this classic: Vashti, Jezebel, Cosbi (prostitute in Book of Numbers), Dorcas, and Lydia.
Each chapter in Jesus And Those Bodacious Women: Life Lessons from One Sister to Another includes "Just Between Us" questions and suggestions that will resonate with readers.
Jesus and Those Bodacious Women: Life Lessons from One Sister to Another, 10th Anniversary Edition (177685P)
Jesus and Those Bodacious Women is well-known for its new spins on stories of biblical women such as Mary Magdalene, the Bent-over Woman, Queen Esther, and Mary. She writes with empathy, inspiration, humor, and poignancy. Five new stories - with additional spins and turns - have been added to this classic: Vashti, Jezebel, Cosbi (prostitute in Book of Numbers), Dorcas, and Lydia. // Special Saving on packages of 5 books - Regular Price -$80 / Your Price $48.00 a 40% savings!
Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons from the World of Sports (18420)
Kneeling in the End Zone: takes the often overlapping worlds of sports and religion and turns them upside down. Athletes, coaches, fans and broadcasters often bring faith into the world of sports, whether through on-field prayers, post-game interviews, biblical bleacher signs or using faith language or scriptural metaphors to describe an incredible play or performance. Kneeling in the End Zone aims to do the exact opposite, using sports as a lens through which to look at the Christian faith.
Learning to Talk Sheep: Understanding Those You Lead (18505)
Learning to Talk Sheep: Understanding Those You Lead uses the biblical image of the people of God as sheep, and the minister as their shepherd, to describe the major personality types of church members that every minister encounters. With full descriptions of the type of sheep, and how they are likely to respond in common situations, Christoper W. Perry and C. Wayne Perry also give concrete guidance for ministers to work more efficiently and effectively with those they shepherd. Learning to Talk Sheep enables ministers to help each member of their flock achieve their full potential.
Leaving Home with Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Our Youth (1504X)
In Leaving Home with Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Our Youth, Elizabeth F. Caldwell explores those things that are faced by teens, their families and their church. Caldwell seeks to answer questions like: What changes are our youth facing? How do these changes affect those who live and work with them? How can their church home support them? In Leaving Home with Faith includes easy to use small group session plans.
Limited Liberty: The Legacy of Four Pentecostal Women Pioneers (17683)
Limited Liberty: The Legacy of Four Pentecostal Women Pioneers shares the stories of four women--Florence Crawford, Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Ida Robinson--who, despite their gender, pursued their freedom to preach and defend the Christian gospel. These spirit-filled and God-led women founded denominations that still flourish, with a following of some 2 million persons: Apostolic Faith Church, Church of the Living God, The Pillar and Ground of Truth, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and, Mt. Sinai Holy Church of America. Estrelda Y. Alexander brings new life to these Pentecostal women pioneers in their fight against marginalization.
Living Bountifully! The Blessings of Responsible Stewardship (16763)
Why are some of the most religious women lacking in cash reserves, land equity or stock portfolios? Jesus spent a great deal of time speaking to his followers about money and property. Hollies concludes that these are issues which women in general and women of color in particular need to address in their personal lives. In Living Bountifully!, she shares her lessons, strategies, and experiences of godly stewardship.
Through the little-known stories of Mahlah, Hoglah, Milcah, and other women, Hollies shows how we can live abundantly by applying God's economic principles to our lives.
Living Faith While Holding Doubts (19908)
Martin Copenhaver, co-author of Words For the Journey: Letters to Our Teenagers About Life and Faith, brings the sensibility of a pastor to Living Faith While Holding Doubts. Living Faith describes the role of doubt in the life of faith. People assume that doubt disqualifies them from belief in God when actually doubt can help us to grow in faith. Copenhaver shows that faith and doubt are but two sides of the same coin.
Living with Cancer: Meditations on Patience and Love (14361)
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can create chaos. As a result of the diagnosis, many enter a world of surgeries, chemotherapies, and radiation therapies. Many fear death, regardless of how successful the treatment. Fear, anger, and confusion affect not only the person living with cancer, but also family members and friends. Melody Kee Smith (who suffered from cancer and is deceased) and her husband Richard Smith dealt daily with the ups and downs of living with recurrent cancer. In this book, they composed meditations that include brief prayers and the invitation to write or think through such issues as frustrations with health care, constructing support systems, and building a sense of the sacred in one's life. This book will uplift people living with cancer as well as their families and friends.
Looking Up...While Lying Down: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers for Those in the Hospital (Looking Up series, Revised) (16232)
Looking Up While Lying Down - Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers for Those in the Hospital / John E. Biegert knew first hand how confinements in the hospital can be lonely, depressing, anxiety-producing, and painful . . .out of his experiences he shares with you, Looking Up. . . While Lying Down: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers for Those in the Hospital. Looking Up. . . While Lying Down is filled with prayers, thoughts, scripture passages, and poems that will bring meaning and hope while in the hospital.
Making a Home for Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Your Children (17690)
Making A Home For Faith: Nurturing The Spiritual Life Of Your Children will show you and your family how to talk about your faith. Making A Home For Faith takes into account blended families and discusses the often multi-faith and multi-cultural challenges they face. Parents, guardians, and those who do ministry with children, will be guided and challenged to find ways to grow the faith formation of children. The revised and updated edition of this classic Christian family resource, by Elizabeth Francis Caldwell, includes all new material.
MANNA in the Wilderness of AIDS: Ten Lessons in Abundance (14582)
MANNA in the Wilderness of AIDS is the true story of seven motivated people -- from a Presbyterian church in Philadelphia -- whose modest initiative to serve food to AIDS victims transformed into a vibrant, interfaith, nonprofit organization aptly named MANNA (Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) and resulted in the revitalization of their community, themselves, and their church.
Mourning After Suicide (Looking Up series, Revised) (16437)
Mourning After Suicide / The Pilgrim Press is pleased to re-introduce the revised Looking Up series. This series consists of brief yet substantial booklets for times that call for contemplation or prayer, for times of difficulty or worry, for times of joy and happiness, for special occasions and events. More in-depth than a greeting card, these inspiring booklets help you to find the right words...a caring thought...a comforting reflection. Whether used by a pastor or care-giver, or given from friend to friend, the Looking Up series communicates compassion in extraordinary ways.
Much Madness Is Divinest Sense: Wisdom in Memoirs of Soul-Suffering (15702)
Kathleen Greider offers new insights and possibilities in understanding, living, and coping with mental illness. Much Madness Is Divinest Sense: Wisdom In Memoirs Of Soul-Suffering is a study of memoirs written by those who have experienced such suffering. Greider claims the wisdom in the very midst of a painful story and helps you to see the possibilities to a new way of discerning hope and healing through the pain. Much Madness Is Divinest Sense respectfully engages the issues surrounding mental illness and seeks to understand it. A must-read for anyone who has, knows someone who, or is a caregiver with a person living with, mental illness.
My Loved One Is Dying (Looking Up series, Revised) (16461)
My Loved One is Dying / The Pilgrim Press is pleased to re-introduce the revised Looking Up series. This series consists of brief yet substantial booklets for times that call for contemplation or prayer, for times of difficulty or worry, for times of joy and happiness, for special occasions and events. More in-depth than a greeting card, these inspiring booklets help you to find the right words...a caring thought...a comforting reflection. Whether used by a pastor or care-giver, or given from friend to friend, the Looking Up series communicates compassion in extraordinary ways.
Not Without a Struggle: Leadership Development for African American Women in Ministry (Revised and Updated) (18871)
The groundbreaking best-seller from The Pilgrim Press, Not Without a Struggle Leadership Development for African American Women in Ministry, returns with an updated introduction, epilogue and Vashti M. McKenzie's life-changing 10 Commandments for African-American Women in Ministry. Written because McKenzie felt like a passenger on a boat without an oar when she began in ministry, Not Without a Struggle has helped women of all races and ethnicities to answer God's call in their lives. Building models of ministry that promote fellowship and support, McKenzie forges a new partnership among men and women in ministry. This book provides a new generation of clergywomen something to hold onto as they prepare for God's work.
Our Money, Our Values: Building a Just and Sustainable World (18673)
Our Money, Our Values: Building a Just and Sustainable World answers the question: How can we use our money as a tool for advocacy, for building a better, more just, and sustainable world? Our Money, Our Values will effectively and fundamentally transform your relationship with money into a positive tool for advocacy, building community and increasing social values. Additionally, you will be given tools to live out your values in every dimension of your personal and communal life. Holley Hewitt Ulbrich and Catherine Mobley offer ways to apply and transform your individual or communal relationship with money into a means of service for a social, just, and sustainable world.
Pondering the Labyrinth: Questions to Pray on the Path (15759)
Designed as a tool for those who are just learning about the labyrinth or those who use it frequently, this book provides hundreds of questions to help individuals embrace their spiritual journey.
Beginning with answers to frequently asked questions about labyrinths and ending with questions to ponder for special reasons including constructing a labyrinth, the author provides thoughtful, transforming questions such as: where are my longings leading?; what is dying in me?; where am I most at home?; and what am I circling and what is encircling me? Each question opens fresh space and inspires not only answers, but one's own questions.
Each chapter includes a reflection page with space to write your own questions. The book also contains black and white line drawings of fifteen labyrinths from around the world.9
Prayers For Healing (16151)
Prayers for Healing is a collection of prayers and readings arranged thematically to provide morning and evening meditations for 31 days. Recognizing that attention spans are often shortened during illnesses, the authors have taken care to ensure that each section contains a selection of brief readings including: scripture passages, hymn quotations, prayers, spiritual writings, and many new prayers from the authors.
The themes thoughtfully cover emotional reactions to illness such as fear, anger, pain, and weakness to trust, hope, and peace of mind.
Prayers from Chautauqua (19854)
Joan Brown Campbell in Prayers from Chautauqua offers a moving collection of prayers for any occasion. Many of the prayers were delivered at the historic Chautauqua Institution in Southwest New York. Campbell, revered for her dedication and extraordinary leadership to the national ecumenical interfaith community, delivers powerful moments for spiritual connection. For personal reflection or public participation, each prayer offers a new connection to God and a deepened awareness of the world we live in.
Prayers from Riverside (Updated) (19342)
Are you looking to escape from the busyness of life? Prayers from Riverside, edited by Leo S. Thorne, offers a variety of styles of prayer laid out in an easy fashion so that you can find what you need, when you need it. The multiple voices of the prayers from the preachers of Riverside Church New York offer you an array of prayer that speak to the Social Gospel and a Christ who cares about your world.
Praying the Chartres Labyrinth: A Pilgrim's Guidebook (17157)
"I can think of no one to whom the cathedral speaks more directly and more personally...than Geoffrion...She has learned to speak the language and do the practices necessary for an effective and meaningful pilgrimage to Chartres."
--Robert Ferré, from the Foreword
This book includes over 120 meditations and is complemented with poems, images, gorgeous full-color photographs, pilgrimage suggestions, and journaling space. Its compact size makes it an ideal travel companion.
JILL KIMBERLY HARTWELL GEOFFRION is an American Baptist clergywoman and a certified labyrinth facilitator through Veriditas at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She earned her Ph.D. from Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Praying the Labyrinth: A Journal for Spiritual Exploration (13438)
This book is a journal that leads readers into a spiritual exercise of self-discovery through scripture selections, journaling questions, and poetry, with generous space for personal reflection. It is unique and is the perfect introduction for those preparing for their first journey through the labyrinth as well as a helpful meditative resource for seasoned labyrinth users who seek to bring new and deeper meaning to their spiritual lives.
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Ages 5 - 8 (10161 )
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Curriculum for Ages Five Through Eight provides information about sexual abuse and prevention to children (Grades 1 - 3) in the context of a religious education program. The thirteen sessions fit into a typical Sunday morning church school program, but can also be used for summer vacation church school, after school programs, camping programs, and a variety of other children's group events. Kathryn Goering Reid draws on excellent secular materials while using basic biblical resources. Preventing Child Sexual Abuse confronts misinterpretations of biblical passages that have been used to support abusive relationships. Through songs, worksheets and other reproducible items, prevention techniques are taught in an environment of God's caring and a supportive community.
Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendship, Revised & Updated - with DVD (18567)
Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendship by Deborah Plummer demonstrates how cross-racial friendships can improve race relations. A robust combination of Deborah Plummer's personal experiences and insights, shared stories, and findings from focus groups she conducted made Racing Across the Lines an instant bestseller that has been revised and updated, and includes a DVD of Plummer presenting the critical strategies and concepts that made the first edition a positive step toward more effective race relations. Each chapter of Racing Across the Lines includes a "journalogue" which contains exercises for personal reflection, group dialogue, and spiritual practice.
Reconciling Journey: A Devotional Workbook for Lesbian and Gay Christians (15694)
This book is a nine-week workbook for lesbian and gay Christians who have come to a crossroad in their journey, those who have renounced Christianity, but would like to go home; those who have disavowed their sexual orientation, but would like to come out; and those who are both out and at home, but have lingering questions.
Each day, the workbook directs the user to read a scripture passage, reflect on its application to her or his life as a lesbian or gay Christian, make notes, and pray about that day's topic. Whether individually, in a group setting, or as a complement to psychotherapy, those who utilize this resource will have the opportunity to revisit old topics and grow into a new and deepened walk with God.
Sex and the Spirit: The Romance of Heaven and Earth (19571)
Sex and the Spirit: The Romance of Heaven and Earth is proof that a happy medium exists between sexuality and spirituality. Here is a frank conversation between two ministers about sex and the spirit, answering questions such as: Can sex be holy? / Am I getting too old for intimacy? / Is it possible to be spiritual and sexual? / What do women fantasize about? / What makes men tick? / How can I put passion back in to my long term-relationship? / What does the Bible REALLY say about sex?
Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Course of Study for Teenagers (1082X)
This book explores the issues of violence and sexuality faced by today's teenagers and the role the church should play in response to sexual abuse. This revised and updated edition addresses the experiences of date rape, stranger rape, and incestuous abuse. It also looks at the cultural context in which these experiences occur - with a special emphasis on the media, especially music video television. The curriculum includes six one to one and one-half hour sessions, each carefully designed to facilitate an honest, respectful, Christian response to the sexual abuse of young people.
Standing in the Margin: How Your Congregation Can Minister with the Poor (and perhaps recover its soul in the process) (15449)
This book consists of 12 small-group study sessions for adults to challenge individuals and congregations to stand with those who have the least. With care and insight based on their years of experience, the authors explore the biblical and theological roots of ministry in the margin and offer practical, hands-on help for how to minister with - not to - those who live and work at the edge of society.
Stewardship for Vital Congregations (18697)
Would you like to learn how your congregation could create a culture of giving and generosity? Lay leaders and clergy will appreciate and benefit from Anthony Robinson's Stewardship for Vital Congregations. Robinson provides practical tools to engage you in the spiritual practice of Christian stewardship. Theologically and biblically informed, it offers particular strategies and "how-to's" relating to money and giving. Stewardship for Vital Congregations includes questions for reflection, discussion, and action in each chapter.
Strength in the Struggle: Leadership Development for Women (12121)
Despite the many challenges, women continue to make great strides in their chosen careers. As more women become aware of interconnections between their professional and spiritual lives, they become more insistent in finding ways of combining both lives.
Strength in the Struggle includes a wealth of information including chapters such as "A Foundation on Leadership," "Defining Moments," Living Beyond the Stereotypes." McKenzie also offers a leadership lesson on the character of Dorothy from the classic book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Author of the best-selling book, Not without a Struggle: Leadership Development for African American Women in Ministry, Vashti McKenzie continues to offer inspiring and vital information on women's leadership issues. Strength in the Struggle will provide all women with insight and encouragement to develop and grow as effective leaders.
Swapping Housewives: Rachel and Jacob and Leah (17737)
Into the deep waters of love and marriage, McKenzie jumps into the deep end of the pool with Swapping Housewives, using ancient biblical personalities to explore the subjects such as intimacy, stages of love, communication, adult sibling rivalry, jealousy, envy, love at first sight, marriage and sexuality.
The Gospel According to The Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema (19915)
Every Sunday, Otis Moss III and his preaching attract over 5,000 people to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Moss describes himself as, "a jazz-influenced pastor with a hip-hop vibe committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ rooted in love and justice." He admits he can talk endlessly about theology, popular culture, and movies, and has even based some of his best sermons, collected in this book, on these powerful films: The Wiz, 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, The Book of Eli, The Color Purple, Avatar, Flight, and For Colored Girls. Discussion questions are included, making it ideal for individuals or groups, movie nights and book clubs.
The Living Book of Daily Prayer: Morning and Evening (17850)
The Living Book of Daily Prayer: Morning and Evening is the result of an overwhelming number of requests for another volume of The Book of Daily Prayer: Morning and Evening, last published in 2004. Edited by Kim Martin Sadler, The Living Book of Daily Prayer, contains daily devotionals in inclusive language for every morning and evening of the year. Use it with your Bible, alone or with a group, year after year.
Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches (softcover) (17966)
As a counterpoint to these negative teachings, Griffin, an openly gay African Amercan Christian pastoral theologian and seminary professor, offers new approaches to understanding scripture and homosexuality through pastoral theology and black liberation theology.
He provides a historical overview and critical analysis of the black church and its current engagement with lesbian and gay Christians, and shares ways in which black churches can learn to reach out and confront all types of oppression - not just race - in order to do the work of the black community.
Time to Speak, A: How Black Pastors Can Respond to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (18031)
A Time to Speak, organized around the themes found in Ecclesiastes 3, addresses and dismantles some of the arguments rooted in a less than thorough analysis of the Bible that have been used to prevent many black pastors and worshipers in black churches from getting involved with people who are either infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Transfiguring Loss: Julian of Norwich as a Guide for Survivors of Traumatic Grief (16013)
Maynard explores the contributions that 15th century Julian of Norwich's (who lost her own family to the Plague) theology and spirituality may offer to survivors of traumatic loss - the losses suffered by survivors of September 11 and the Tsunami as well as by those who have lost a loved one to AIDS. Reading Julian's works taught Maynard that a transcendent experience of love offers hope in the midst of loss, and she shares that inspiration in this resource.
Transgendering Faith: Identity Sexuality & Spirituality (14949)
Transgendering Faith is a resource to help churches respond with love and care to transgender people in our society, both those within the Christian community and those who find themselves--unhappily--outside its doors. It is also a book for transgender Christians, their families, pastoral counselors, and clergy.
The first section, "The Basics for Everyone," includes essays written by professionals and therapists who give readers a basic understanding of the transgender issue.
Part Two--"In Our Own Words"--features stories of transgender persons from diverse denominational, age, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. These are stories of their painful experiences of rejection, self-doubt and "Bible-flavored condemnation," but also stories celebrating God's blessing of who they are and their church and family experiences of hospitality, affirmation, and reconciliation.
Part Three includes worship resouces Bible studies, and transgender resources for individual and community use.
Violence Against Women in Contemporary World Religion: Roots and Cures (18116)
It is no secret that world religions are often the purveyors of misogyny. Those same religions, however, also contain the cures for the violence against women that they have created and abetted.
The contributors to this volume, all of whom are authorities in their religious traditions, mine the lost moral treasures of their religions and marshal them against the violence of sexism:
Liora Gubkin (Judaism)
Christine E. Gudorf (Roman Catholicism)
Hsiao-Lan Hu (Chinese religions)
Grace M. Jantzen (Christianity)
Regina Soares Jurkewicz (Roman Catholicism)
David R. Loy (Buddhism)
Daniel C. Maguire (Roman Catholicism)
Mutombo Nkulu-N'sengha (indigenous African religions)
Veena Talwar Oldenburg (Hinduism)
Ouyporn Khuankaew (Buddhism)
John Raines (Christianity)
Maria Jose Fontelas Rosado-Nunes (Roman Catholicism)
Sa'diyya Shaikh (Islam)
Arvind Shurma (Hinduism)
War or Words? Interreligious Dialogue as an Instrument of Peace (16836)
Stetson University in DeLand, Florida hosted a series of lectures and discussions entitled "Peace, Violence, and Religion" from which the majority of the essays in this volume are derived. Like the lectures, the essays' central theme is that any possibility of lasting global peace depends upon dialogue between religions. The contributors explore the contexts of religious dialogue and the promise that such discussions will bring about a more peaceful world.
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children (hardcover - 10" x 10")(18581)
Doris Stickney, in Water Bugs and Dragonflies, tells the story of a small colony of water bugs living happily below the surface of a very quiet pond. Every so often one of them climbs up a lily stalk and disappears from sight, never to return. Those left behind are faced with the mystery of what has become of them. The answer to death lies in the questioning. Stickney invites you and your children into the question.
Set in large type so that young readers can enjoy it themselves, Water Bugs and Dragonflies also includes accompanying information that offers the author's own insights for explaining how adults can effectively assist children in coping with death.
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children (hardcover)(1180X)
Talking to children about death can be hard, but it doesn't need to be. Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children, a perennial best seller of The Pilgrim Press with over 150,000 copies printed, can help you to answer their questions.
Doris Stickney in Water Bugs and Dragonflies tells the story of a small colony of water bugs living happily below the surface of a very quiet pond. Every so often one of them climbs up a lily stalk and disappears from sight, never to return. Those left behind are faced with the mystery of what has become of them. The answer to death lies in the questioning. Stickney invites you and your children into the question.
This gift edition features enchanting full-color paintings by Gloria Ortiz Hernandez.
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children (Looking Up series, Revised) (16240)
A continued Best Seller. Death is an important yet delicate topic to discuss with young children. Water Bugs and Dragonflies takes a gentle approach, and as a result, has been a perennial bestseller since 1982. Available in four different versions that can be used in a variety of settings. (Looking Up series, Revised)
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children - Coloring Book (18307)
Talking to children about death can be hard, but it doesn't need to be. Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children Coloring Book can help you to answer their questions.
Children can now interactively experience this wonderful story by coloring or painting the black-and-white illustrations that fill each page. If you minister with grieving children you will find the Water Bugs and Dragonflies Coloring Book to be an invaluable tool.
We Will Get to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King, Jr's. Communal-Political Spirituality (15269)
In We Will Get To The Promised Land, Lee explores the entire scope of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s spirituality: its roots, formation, growth, nature, character, and dynamics as well as its political aspects, which were shaped by his experience and influences. The author contends that understanding King's multifaceted spirituality will enable the faithful to build the "Beloved Community," -- King's concept of an achievable goal that could be attained by a critical mass of people committed to and trained in the philosophy and methods of nonviolence -- which he equates to the Promised Land.
When Death Has Touched Your Life: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers at a Time of Loss (Looking Up series, Revised) (16259)
When Death Has Touched Your Life: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers at a Time of Loss // John E. Biegert knew first hand about death touching your life, his father dies when he was ten years old . . .out of his experiences he shares with you, When Death Has Touched Your Life: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers at a Time of Loss. When Death Has Touched Your Life is filled with prayers, thoughts, scripture passages, and poems that will bring meaning and hope while facing death.
Within Sacred Circles: Meditations and Mandala Quilts (15333)
Within Sacred Circles follows on the success of Towner-Larsen's first book, With Sacred Threads: Quilting and the Spiritual Life.
From around the world and throughout the ages, circular symbols have been an integral part of centering one's spirit and expressing wholeness. Mandalas are a sacred expression of this universal need for circular symbols, and quilted mandalas combine the spiritual energy and meditative practices of two artistic, timeless worlds--the world of mandalas and the world of quilts.
It is the author's hope that this book will connect the traditions, uses, and symbolism of mandalas with the spirituality of quilters and the stories of their mandalas. Each chapter is based on a theme common to mandalas and to the spiritual life. Along with each theme reflection is a picture of a quilted mandala, the story of the quilt as told by its creator ("Sacred Story"), plus some prayers, holy text, and suggestions for meditation or making your own mandala ("Sacred Circles").
Worm Watching (19090)
Worm Watching and Other Wonderful Ways to Help Children to Pray, a delightful new book from sibling authors Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald, will help you to explore children's prayer. Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald assist parents and educators with teaching children a good habit of prayer through play. We know children love to play, so help them to play and pray at the same time.
Yearning for Home in Troubled Times (15368)
Yearning for Home in Troubled Times is a book that addresses the issues that prevent us from feeling "at home" in our world. It examines this "homelessness" and shows us how to develop and build a sense of home.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God within us. It's not just in some of us: it's in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
- Nelson Mandela, 1994 inaugural address
Your Baby - Gift of God (Looking Up series, Revised) (16267)
Your Baby - Gift of God // The Pilgrim Press is pleased to re-introduce the revised Looking Up series. This series consists of brief yet substantial booklets for times that call for contemplation or prayer, for times of difficulty or worry, for times of joy and happiness, for special occasions and events. More in-depth than a greeting card, these inspiring booklets help you to find the right words...a caring thought...a comforting reflection. Whether used by a pastor or care-giver, or given from friend to friend, the Looking Up series communicates compassion in extraordinary ways.
Your Life Better Gift Set (UCC20W)
Your Life Better Gift Set --
Enjoy the entire YOUR LIFE, BETTER series for one great price! You'll receive one each of all 12 books in the series. Enough for yourself and you to share.
Your Life, Better - 20 Habits of Happy People (18901)
What habits can you add to your life to make you a happier person? Tiffany J. French, in Your Life, Better - 20 Habits of Happy People, suggests 20 simple habits to add to your life that will change your frown to a smile. Looking for the positive in life will help you to be part of the "happy people" as you walk your spiritual journey.
Your Life, Better - 20 Lessons Learned While Traveling (19052)
Are you a business traveler? Are you planning to travel on a vacation with your family? Travel takes you away from your daily routine and forces you to see life in a different way. But travel opportunities can also bring you the gift of new experiences. Your Life Better 20 Life Lessons Learned While Traveling by Gregg Brekke offers 20 ideas on finding new friends and discovering new things on your life's travels.
Your Life, Better - 20 Lessons On Caring for Elderly Parents (18932)
Are you a family caregiver? Has life come full circle and you the child are now the caregiver to your parents? Receive a spiritual boost to live through the joys and challenges and, the laughter and tears, with Your Life Better 20 Life Lessons on Caring for Elderly Parents by Deborah L. Patterson.
Your Life, Better - 20 Life Lessons Learned from Cooking (18895)
Just as cooking is necessary for healthy living so is having a solid spiritual life. Aimeé J. Jannsohn, in Your Life, Better - 20 Life Lessons Learned From Cooking, dishes up 20 flavorful ways, while cooking, to add spice to your spiritual life.
Your Life, Better - 20 Life Lessons Learned While Shopping (18918)
You love shopping, come on admit it, you know you do! Need a little help with your spiritual journey? Lillian Daniel, author of When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church, offers 20 different ways to bolster your spiritual life by doing what you love to do, shopping.
Your Life, Better - 20 Life Lessons that Parenting Can Teach You (19168)
Parenting has long hours and short years. As parents, you need good advice along the way. Martin Copenhaver, in Your Life Better 20 Life Lessons that Parenting Can Teach You, offers good advice parents need to help find life's surprises along the way.
Your Life, Better - 20 Life Lessons that Walking Your Dog Can Teach You (18819)
Dogs are pretty straightforward creatures. They live in the moment, don't hold grudges, and love unconditionally. Christina Villa, in Your Life, Better 20 Life Lessons that Walking Your Dog Can Teach You, offers 20 things you can learn from these furry, four-legged friends.
Your Life, Better - 20 Spiritual Practices that Yard Work Can Teach You (18802)
As tedious as it can get, yard work can be worship time. Enter the sanctuary that lies just beyond your door. Your lawn, and everything in it, is just waiting to teach you 20 important life lessons, if only you can train yourself to see them. Guess provides the tools for your training.
Your Life, Better - 20 Ways to Add More Prayer to Your Life (18796)
Do you need a few practical suggestions to make prayer a regular, rhythmic part of your daily routine? Lillian Daniel, author of When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church, offers 20 different ways to add more prayer back into your life.
Your Life, Better - 20 Ways to Keep Sabbath (18925)
There seems to never be time for a break. Your life is busy morning, noon, and night. Donna Schaper, author of Living Well While Doing Good, offers tips to make the time that seems ordinary, extraordinary. 20 Ways to Keep Sabbath.
Your Life, Better - 20 Ways to Live Through Anxious Times (18826)
Are you feeling more anxious? If you anxiety seems to be running higher than usual, remember, it is part of our human nature to be anxious. The challenge is not to let anxiety get the best of us, and cause us to hurt ourselves, and others. Anthony B. Robinson provides 20 helpful ways to live through the anxious times in your life.
Your Life, Better - 20 Ways to Thrive with a Chronic Illness (18949)
20 Ways to Thrive with a Chronic Illness by Deborah L. Patterson will show you ways to nurture your spirit and open up to new opportunities to manage chronic disease. Your Life Better 20 Ways to Thrive with a Chronic Illness is also the perfect gift for those who need a better outlook with their disease management to live joyfully and thrive.
Your Life, Better - 20 Ways to Welcome Your New Baby (19069)
Congratulations on the addition to your new family! Welcoming a baby into the world can be filled with baby items lists, or one of the most exciting moments of our lives. Aimeé J. Jannsohn, in Your Life Better 20 Ways to Welcome Your New Baby, offers suggestions to help you slow down and enjoy the moments with your new baby.