Many of us are spending most of our days at home while the US combats the spread of COVID-19. This includes children, parents, single-people, our elders and others. While we are at home we may seek out ways to remain connected, to pass the time, and to explore faith and scripture.
While we continue to practice social-distancing, we will use this page to gather and assemble resources for connection and engagement at home. If you have suggestions, articles, links, videos, or other ideas, please send them to Pastor Jen Nagel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scripture and Faith Practice
- Want to learn more about the ELCA’s approach to reading Scripture? Visit the Book of Faith website, where you can find articles, bible studies, and much much more about the Lutheran way of reading scripture.
- Visit the Luther Seminary YouTube Channel to watch sermons, discussions, and chapel services led by faculty, students, and alumni.
- Check out Working Preacher to read articles and essays about those texts that pastors and leaders preach on.
- Did you know there’s an Small Catechism App? Augsburg Fortress created the interactive app a few years ago. You can download it on the Google Play Store or the Apple Store.
- This is a great time to explore and study the ELCA’s Social Statements and Social Messages. What does our church say about issues like immigration, health care, and human sexuality? Take some time to explore these important teaching documents! You can find them here.
For Children and Families
- Consider taking a trip around the globe to visit some famous art galleries. You can find an article with some suggestions here.
- PBS Kids always has a plethora of great videos, games, and stories. Check them out here.
- This article from MPR provides some great ideas and links to tours, projects, and other ideas for folks at home with kids.
- Student food pick-up information for Minneapolis Public Schools during school closures can be found here.
- “Ideas for Positive Living” is a telephone hotline which will connect you to a friendly, sincere, volunteer who shares a positive message, quotes, jokes, life stories, bible verses, etc. The message changes daily Monday thru Thursday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday message is the same. Listen as often as you like and leave a comment or prayer request if you wish. Call 651-602-2176.
- You can pick up library books on the curbside through Hennepin and Ramsey County Libraries
- You can follow the link here to a Brazilian Piano Concert taking place on Friday March 20th at 7pm.
- The Metropolitan Opera has collected all of their previous recordings and made them available to the public. You can find those recordings here.
- If you are on Spotify, consider creating some playlists and share them on social media. Do you have a great work playlist that keeps you focused? One that the kids like to dance to? How about a Lenten playlist to keep us grounded during this season?
- Sing for Joy is…”produced by St. Olaf College, has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently “do the talking,” while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.”
Health & Mental Health
The MN Dept. of Health has a number of resources and links to Mental Health resources available for Minnesotans. You can learn more here.
Lutheran Social Services continues to offer volunteer opportunities. If you are feeling able to help serve and are looking for an outlet to do so, please check out the information below.
- Main volunteer page: https://www.lssmn.org/get-involved/volunteer
- Volunteer protocol: https://www.lssmn.org/get-involved/volunteer/covid-19-protocol
- COVID-19 opportunities: https://www.lssmn.org/get-involved/volunteer/opportunities-covid-19
- Normal opportunities page (now harder to find): https://www.lssmn.org/get-involved/volunteer/opportunities
- In-Kind Opportunities: https://www.lssmn.org/get-involved/donate/wish-lists
- Individual opportunities
Students and University of MN Community
The Office of Off-Campus Living has put together a page of resources for folks living in and around the University of MN. You can find those resources here.