Network Newsletter 6.2.20

Racism Is a Gospel Issue

We grieve that systemic racism claimed another black life. We pray that all of God's people would work harder to dismantle structural racism in every heart, mind, policy, and institution. Colin Watson, acting executive director of the Christian Reformed Church, shares actions we can take in his blog Beyond Thoughts and Prayers.

Featured Posts
Faith Nurture, Family Ministry
A Super Fun Way to Help Families Form Faith: Summer 2020 Edition
by Karen Deboer

This summer, use these ideas to help families grow in faith as they talk together, laugh together, and meet challenges together.

A Prayer for Perseverance During the Pandemic
by Rev. Karl VanHarn

When my stress and resentment levels rise, I have learned to center myself by asking a guiding question: What does love require of you?

Safe Church, Policy & Prevention
Social Media Sample Policies
by Safe Church Ministry

Safe Church Ministry shares a customizable Social Media Policy from Protect Young Eyes, an organization helping families, schools, and churches create safer digital environments.

Disability Concerns, Theology
Some Thoughts on Risk-Taking
by Michèle Gyselinck

In an episode of North Woods Law, Fish and Game wardens and volunteers carried a girl who had broken her ankle down a mountain in the rain. My roommate commented on the danger of hiking in the rain.

Racial Reconciliation
Beyond Thoughts and Prayer
by Colin Watson

White Americans often ask, “What’s the problem”? “Why do you make everything about race”? This is largely because they cannot see or feel the unseen world in which black people live.

Racial Reconciliation
Diverse Books for Children
by Staci Devries

Looking to teach your kids about diversity? Karen, founder of Black Kids Do Travel and blogger at, shares some books to add to your library.

Safe Church, Criminal Sexual History
How the Church Responds to Those With a Criminal History (June 2020 Webinar)
by Safe Church Ministry

Safe Church has invited Yvonne Lammers and Patricia Van Reenan to lead us in a a discussion on how churches should respond to those with a criminal history in our church. Details below!

Children's Ministry, Faith Nurture
5 Factors That Influence Resilience in Children
by Laura Keeley

These five factors can determine how well kids deal with and recover from difficult life situations.

Young Adults
8 Gift Ideas for Grads in Your Church
by Staci Devries

Do you have a graduate in your church or community? Here are eight ideas for unique and meaningful gifts.

Faith Nurture
Lament Toolkit: Understanding and Practicing Biblical Lament
by CRC Communications

Our friends over at the RCA have gathered a number of videos, podcasts, articles, books and other resources about lament to help guide you and your congregations during this COVID-19 time.

Children's Ministry, Faith Nurture
Video: "God's Blessings in Barns"
by Kids Corner

In this episode, Cross country runner Dally Carlisle lives out his grandfather Edward’s legacy of hard work, Christian faith, and raising livestock on his family’s farm in Gallup, New Mexico.


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