Diocesan Library – You are welcome to check out educational resources from the diocesan library, located in the conference room of the diocesan offices. Call 817-534-1900 for more information or to ask whether we have a particular resource you’re looking for.
Check out Lesson Plans that Work, an excellent resource of the Episcopal Digital Network.

Lesson plans that work

The Episcopal Church website’s Library includes a variety of resources in several media. Use the “+Topics” menu to search by topic or look under “Resources” for bulletin inserts, a variety of documents, and links – you can then filter the list by key words to find something you’re looking for.

You can also look under the “Ministries” tab to access resources produced by various ministries and departments within the church.

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist has some resources as well.

Resources by Age Group

ChildrenYouthAdults
  • Journey 2 Adulthood
  • Confirm not Conform (availalbe in Diocesan Library)
  • Nooma videos by Rob Bell – the Diocesan office has 24 videos and a license. “a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion.”
  • Films from ‘The Work of the People‘ (not specifically just for youth – has a subscription fee)

Video Resources

  • Variety of videos, video series, and ‘visual liturgy’ from ‘The Work of the People‘ site (fee)
  • ‘Amplified Church’ and ‘Transforming through Love’ series
  • Several video curricula in the Diocesan Library
  • Discovery Series (for adult inquirers)
  • Nooma videos by Rob Bell – the Diocesan office has 24 videos and a license. “a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion.”

Courses, seminars, etc.

Topics for Study

Science and FaithSacramentsEpiscopal IdentityDismantling Racism

In the Beginning – A Video Curriculum Exploring the Catechism of Creation

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The four-week, video-based curriculum “invites you to explore science and faith through the lens of leading ordained scientists in The Episcopal Church. The curriculum provides four weeks of free downloadable lesson plans, discussion questions, and links to corresponding videos for each class. Explore the Bible’s basic doctrine of creation, the modern scientific worldview, perspectives on the Big Bang and evolution, and the biblical roots for environmental care. This course serves as an excellent platform for a Sunday School or adult formation course to delve into A Catechism of Creation, a downloadable document that explores The Episcopal Church’s understanding of creation in the traditional question-and-answer format, available for free download here. Developed in partnership with the Committee on Science, Technology and Faith, this video curriculum allows a sense of wonder and discovery to play a part in building care for creation in our faith communities.” (as described on the Forward Movement website)

This resource is free from Forward Movement.

See also the Website and Facebook page of the Science, Technology, and Faith Network.

Baptism

  • Claiming the Vision – A five-topic series related to Baptism. Each topic has a series of short video clips, with discussion questions.

Confirmation

For Youth:

Also, see resources and research from The Confirmation Project.

For Adults:

  • Discovery Series video curriculum (in the Diocesan library)
  • Around One Table – Exploring Episcopal Identity – 16 session series – (curriculum guide and material in the Diocesan library) and 5-part report

Marriage

Report from the Task Force on the Study of Marriage – download in English or Spanish from The Episcopal Church website.

Video series studies

  • Claiming the Vision – A five-topic series related to Baptism. Each topic has a series of short video clips, with discussion questions.

Save the Date: Diocesan training planned for May 12-13, 2017, presented by the Rev. Eric Law’s Kaleidoscope Institute.

Research Report from The Episcopal Church Archives – “The Church’s Contemporary Response to Racism

Information from The Episcopal Church website archive:

Working together for justice.

What You Can Do
Each one of us can play a part in eliminating racism in the church, society and world, and that change begins with us. In order to truly love our neighbors as ourselves, we must walk in their shoes and understand how our behavior affects those around us.
Becoming a Fully Antiracist Church
Changing our own behavior is just the beginning; creating change in our institutions is the next step. While the church is a collection of its individual members, it will not change unless we all work together to make change happen. Together we can eradicate institutional racism from our churches, seminaries and workplaces.
Diocesan Reports on Transatlantic Slavery
In accordance with General Convention Resolution 2006-A123, dioceses are directed to document instances where the diocese has been complicit in and has benefited from the institution of Transatlantic Slavery. Several dioceses who have already begun this work share what they are already doing.

Resources from the 2016 Trinity Institute “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice

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Seasons of the Church Year

AdventChristmas, EpiphanyLentEaster & Pentecost

Do you want to add meaning and joy to your Advent journey, as you prepare your heart for Christmastide in hopeful expectation? Online resources can provide some inspiration in the midst of your busyness

Watch a video Advent message from Bishop Scott Mayer.

AdventWord from SSJE

AdventWord offers a great way to reflect on one little word each day, and respond with images and prayers that speak to your heart. There are at least four ways you can use AdventWord:

d365.org Daily Devotionals – Following the Star

At d365.org, daily online devotions take on a seasonal theme beginning with first Sunday in Advent on November 29. Following the Star is written for teenage youth and the adults who work with them. Subscribe to the website to receive a daily reminder or download the iTunes app d365 Daily Devotions by Passport, Inc. This service is a collaborative initiative of the Youth Ministries offices of The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

CandlePress Weekly Calendar

CandlePress.com offers a weekly calendar for families to leave on their table or in a gathering space, with tips for getting started, a story, some things to watch for, and discussion starters.Download and print their 4-page calendar.

Praying in Color Advent Calendars

Praying in Color offers adults and children a way to mark the day-by-day journey to Christmas by daily praying & drawing with a calendar template. The author says, “When I draw, color, and doodle my own Advent calendar, I feel like I’m building something rather than tearing it apart. It is a countup to Christmas, not a countdown. At the end of the 20-some days, the finished Advent calendar is a colorful reminder of what was in my head and on my heart. It is a record of my spiritual journey through Advent.” Three calendar templates are offered, along with suggestions for ways to pray with doodling. View and download Praying in Color Advent Calendars.

Black & White Illustrated Advent Devotional Calendar

The annual Advent Devotional Calendar designed by Thomas Mousin and Merry Watters and published on their website is a simple calendar that suggests a scripture reading and devotion for each day of Advent. It’s easy to print and use at home.

Episcopal Relief & Development Advent Calendar & Resources

Episcopal Relief & Development has a printable Advent Calendar as part an Advent Toolkit of resources that center around Gifts for Life.

Not quite sure what Advent is? Struggling to explain it?

The video “Advent in 2 Minutes” from bustedhalo.com may be what you need!