“Devotion Resources”

Are you responsible for devotions at your next church meeting?  Here are five places to find resources to help guide your community faith practice of prayer, scripture and conversation.


“This collection continues the series of devotions which express the growing partnerships in ministry among the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and The Episcopal Church USA (TEC). Earlier series have been written in connection with a season of the Church year (Advent, Epiphany, or Lent). Again this year the devotions are written by the four presiding bishops of these churches, drawing this time on the Scriptures and themes suggested for the eight days of the global ecumenical initiative known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.”


Proclaim: Evangelism Tips

“These articles are available for download and distribution in full-page or bulletin insert format. Use for committee and council meetings”  some topics:

Courageous Leadership, Dealing with Conflict, Evangelical Leader, Finding Your Voice, Nominating Committee, Staying on Target, Visionary Leadership, Hospitality Matters, Hospitality Team, Welcome the Children

Congregation Team, Senior Adult Ministry: Growing Aging Disciples, Advancing Evangelism in Your Congregation, Creating an Evangelism Team , Disciples into Apostles, Inviting Others, Launching Evangelism in Your Congregation 


God Pause (by Luther seminary alumni)

“Looking for spiritual refreshment? God Pause devotions are reflections sent daily via email.”


The Geranium Farm (with The Reverend Barbara Cawthorne Crafton and friends)

In particular check out the “The Almost-Daily eMos”

“Almost every day, you can receive a brief meditation by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton by e-mail. It is intended to be something to help you start your day with thoughtfulness. Sometimes the eMos are funny and sometimes they're sad. Often, they're both.”


Spirituality and Practice (website with many options)

“This multifaith and interspiritual website, founded by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, is devoted to resources for spiritual journeys. The site's name reflects a basic understanding: spirituality and practice are the two places where all the world's religions and spiritual paths come together. While respecting the differences among traditions, we celebrate what they share in common.”


Learning Together Across the Synod


Synod Book Group - hosted by Rev Lori Kochanski, Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation

“Online Synod Wide Book Group Using Zoom Technology”

Pastor Lori Kochanski, Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation, will

moderate the online conversation about the book. Make note of some of

the points in the book that you find to be interesting or challenging and be

prepared to share them with the group.

This study is open to anyone (both lay folks and those who are rostered

leaders) willing to read the book and talk about it with others. You can even

invite your family and friends who do not live in New York.

The zoom link will be published in the Upstate Update and the synod

Facebook page.

Upcoming book conversations:

July 31 1:00 and 7:00 Christian Ethics for a Digital Society

by Kate Ott

August 21 1:00 and 7:00 Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher

to the Whitest Denomination in the US

by Lenny Duncan

September 25 1:00 and 7:00 Dreaming of Stones: Poems

by Christine Valters Paintner

October 30 1:00 and 7:00 Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary

Relationships to Heal the World

by Rozella Haydée White

November 20 1:00 and 7:00 We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship,

and the Community of God

by Kendall Vanderslice

December 18 1:00 and 7:00 The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality

Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe

by Richard Rohr

January 15 1:00 and 7:00 Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's

Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levine

February 19 1:00 and 7:00 One Coin Found: How God's Love Stretches to

the Margins by Emmy Kegler

March 25 1:00 and 7:00 Women Rise Up: Sacred Stories of Resistance for

Today's Revolution by Katey Zeh

April 29 1:00 and 7:00 The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by

Joan Chittister