Summer Re-creating

Julie Aageson

There’s something about summer that seems ripe with promise and possibilities. I usually have several projects related to resource work: previewing and ordering new resources, writing, catching up with periodicals and reading the books I’ve not had time for during the busy school year. Then there are the other passions in my life: planting and tending what I hope will become a beautiful garden, hiking Glacier National Park with my family, and this year I look forward to savoring time with my grand-daughter and newborn grand-son.

Among the resources I plan to review or revisit are the following:

• from DeWitt Jones: Everyday Creativity, Celebrate What’s Right with the World, and Focus Your Vision

• from StarThrower: Differences, Red Cars, We are the Ones, and Second Chance

If you’re familiar with these videos, you’ll know them to be timely sources for helping us see God’s presence in many different ways. Whether planning for the future, helping a congregation think creatively about mission and identity, or simply looking for ways to stimulate thoughtful conversations, each of these resources is extraordinary.

How will you re-create this summer? What promises and possibilities are you hoping to enjoy?