Augsburg Fortress July Newsletter

A Place for You: Communion Preparation

A Place for You Starter Pack

A Place for You tells the beloved story of Jesus welcoming every person to Holy Communion. The original book was published by Daniel Erlander in 1999, and Augsburg Fortress has since then developed other resources, such as aninteractive edition and a board book, that follow Erlander’s ideas and illustrations. Designed to be engaging for children, parents, and church leaders alike, there is a A Place for You resource for every member of your congregation.

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Luther’s Small Catechism with African Descent Reflections

Luther's Small Catechism with African Descent Reflections

In connection with the observance of the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation events initiated by the 95 Theses, a distinguished group of African descent Lutheran theologians gathered at the offices of the ELCA to explore and reflect on Luther’s Small Catechism. They recognized that the meaning of Luther’s Small Catechism could and should be broadened to address the historical, cultural, and linguistic experience of Lutherans of African descent, both on the African continent and in the diaspora. From that discussion came this resource which features reflections from African descent Lutheran theologians.

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Dear Church

Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. (Paperback/eBook)

Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.Soffers a bold new vision for the future of the ELCA and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone to the front lines of the church’s renewal through racial equality and justice. Featuring a discussion guide at the back, this resource is ready to be used in church groups, book clubs, and other group discussions.

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A Song to Sing, a Life to Live
A Song to Sing, a Life to Live: Reflections on Music as Spiritual Practice
A Song to Sing, A Life to Live helps readers see the connections between Saturday night music and Sunday morning music by exploring the spiritual dimensions of music itself. The authors tell the stories of their own lives in music, and they share what they have learned and observed about the power of music in human life. Exploring a wide variety of musical traditions, this resource offers an invitation to embrace a broader and deeper vision of the power of music and the spiritual dimensions of attentive listening. Available in print and as an ebook.

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Hear My Voice

Hear My Voice

Hear My Voice: A Prison Prayer Book is about praying to God and listening for God in prison. Designed particularly for those who are incarcerated, this prayer book is the perfect companion for living the Christian faith on the inside of correctional facilities. A collaborative effort sponsored by the ELCA and Augsburg Fortress, Hear My Voice draws on voices of currently or formerly incarcerated people to ensure that recipients of this book connect with the presented reflections and prayers. Gorgeous and uplifting artwork, as seen at the beginning of this email, throughout the book accompanies the prayers and passages provided, fostering hope and acting as a reminder of the message of God.

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Come to the Water: Holy Baptism Resources

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Come to the Water is a new family of sacrament education resources based on Daniel Erlander’s baptism manuals, Water Washed and Spirit Born and Let the Children Come, and is designed to support baptismal preparation and ongoing baptismal education for people of all ages. If you know someone preparing for baptism, these are the resources for them!

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Summer Music Clinics: July 19 – August 6

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Come connect with other church musicians while previewing new seasonal music, participating in a hymn festival, and discovering ways to refresh worship with new resources! The Summer Music Clinics are designed for everyone involved in creating and planning music for worship. Clinicians Robert Hobby and Jeremy Bankson will lead workshops on various topics.

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