PEP Facilitator Resources


These resources have been recommended by clergy who think they may be useful to other clergy. They have not been reviewed by Conference staff members and so are not endorsed by the Conference.

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Books

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

 

 

My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman

 

 

Death of the Liberal ClassDeath of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges

 

 

Not Your Parents' Offering Plate by J. Clif Christopher


 

Drawn In:  A Creative Process for Artists, Activists, and Jesus Followers by Troy Bronsink

 

 

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth Bailey

 

 

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr

 

 


Cover artDaring Greatly by Brene Brown

 

 

Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders by Charles Olson

 

 

Challenging the Church Monster by Douglas Bixby

 

 

We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian McLaren

 

 

Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good) by Robert Kegan

 

 

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving

 

 

 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

 

 

Websites

Unfoldinglight.net
Unfolding Light is a daily reflection rooted in a contemplative, Creation-centered spirituality, often inspired by my daily walk in the woods. In poems, parables, psalms, thoughts and the odd weather report I hope to invite readers into a spirit of presence, compassion, justice and delight. Though these writings are rooted in the Christian story you’ll hear in them melodies of many traditions. Unfolding Light is for anyone who wants to be a part of God’s healing of the world.

theconversationproject.org
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. 

www.enneagraminstitute.com
The Power & Wisdom of the Enneagramcan profoundly transform your life, relationships, and spiritual growth.
We’ll show you how.

www.ted.com
Ideas worth spreading. Brene Brown Ted Talks:
Brene Brown:  Listening to Shame
Brene Brown on Vulnerability

www.ottoscharmer.com/publications/executive-summaries
Addressing the Blind Spot of Our Time an executive summary of the book by Otto Scharmer: Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges.

https://www.churchleadership.com
Leading Ideas

Ministry Matters
A community of resources for church leaders. Whether your church has ten pews or a thousand seats, a praise band or a pipe organ, one-room-Sunday school or a network of small groups, a huge staff or just you…

 

Articles 

A story about an Iraqi and an Iranian who met on the battlefield in the Iran-Iraq war.  The Iranian saved the Iraqi’s life.  They were separated and then found each other completely by chance in Vancouver, BC.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/opinion/my-enemy-my-brother.html?ref=opinion

 

Organizational Models
Typically our present organizational model and communication structure lends itself for institutional maintenance and discourages the movement of the Holy Spirit.

http://www.imaginiz.com/provocative/metaphors/models.html

 

Are You Being Bullied?
Many ministers, male as well as female, have experienced bullying. We tend to excuse it—“every congregation has someone like this”—or think we caused it somehow. We may feel powerless if the member is important or seems to be tolerated by others. Read the complete article.

 

Videos

The CEO and founder of Intuitive Intelligence, Dr. Neha Sangwan is an Internal Medicine physician and corporate communication strategist empowering healthcare practitioners, organizational leaders and corporate employees in their own self-care. Dr. Sangwan is an international speaker and media spokeswoman on the topics of conflict resolution, leadership and team transition, power and hierarchy, stress management, and employee wellness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOZ84ZfDqKM

 

Meetings that Transform by Rev Susan Murtha
Rev. Susan Murtha describes a holy experiment that transforms church meetings from tedium and tasks to meaningful ministry and spiritual growth.

 

Prayers 

Merton's Prayer
Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself...
To get the complete prayer, please visit:  http://www.onbeing.org/blog/thomas-mertons-prayer-that-anyone-can-pray/7157