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Kelly Minas

Contributor

Kelly Minas designs and directs evaluation processes for grants, resource consulting, and educational programs at the Center for Congregations. She has degrees in American culture and contemporary sociology. 

Contributions From Kelly Minas

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The Church and Families of Children with Special Needs
This panel discussion considers what role parishioners, lay leaders, and clergy can play to support families of children or adults with special needs.
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Mental Health First Aid
This practical, skills-based training teaches participants how to address mental health and substance-use issues.
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10 Things I Wish Every Christian Leader Knew About Gay Teens in Their Church
From a traditional marriage perspective, this article has concrete suggestions to relate with LGBTQ youth, including healthy conversation ideas, phrases to avoid, building relationships, and Biblical scripture.
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10 Things Your Congregation Can Do to Become More LGBTQ-Welcoming
This article for open and affirming congregations lists ideas to actively embrace LGBTQ individuals as their "full selves."
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A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth
This book for LGBTQIA-affirming congregations provides ministry guidance and introduces the unique challenges of LGBTQIA youth.
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A Christian Conversation Guide
This guide for open and affirming congregations suggests how to build a safe and inclusive community for LGBTQ friends.
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A Quick Guide for LGBTQ Inclusion
This guide for affirming congregations includes tips to create an inclusive community for LGBTQ people to feel "seen, heard and whole."
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A Whosoever Church
This book for LGBTQ-affirming Black churches addresses the institutional prejudice LGBTQ people experience. This resource shares reflections from scholars and prominent faith leaders.
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Audacious Hospitality Toolkit: LGBTQ Educational Resource Module
This toolkit helps synagogues create a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ people.
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Body and Soul: We Belong
This LGBTQ-affirming video series examines how to welcome all through faith, baptism, and scripture.
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enfleshed
This LGBTQ-affirming organization provides liturgical resources and sermon starters for those who embrace queer and justice-oriented communities.
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How to Care for the Elderly Without Putting them at Risk of Coronavirus
In this article, the chief medical officer at AARP offers advice for common COVID-19 questions and how to support elderly loved ones.
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Q&A: How Churches, Pastors Are Eligible for Relief in Stimulus Package
This article explains how congregations and their staff can qualify for financial relief under the COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package.
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Resources for Maintaining Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This article from the Inclusive America Project highlights many faith traditions with links to virtual events, religious literacy tools, and ways to support local communities. Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Jewish, and other traditions are represented on this diverse list.
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Helping Your Church Respond to the Coronavirus
This United Methodist resource page offers a variety of information and trainings to help churches continue congregational life online.
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Generosity During Crises
This UCC video suggests strategies to sustain stewardship when worshiping in person is no longer possible.
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Institutional Self-Assessment Tool for LGBTQ Inclusion
This comprehensive checklist helps congregations measure how well they include LGBTQ people and their needs. It covers environment, policies, programming, and publicity.
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Lead Them Home
Maintaining a traditional view of marriage, this organization helps ministry leaders care for LGBT+ persons, increase family acceptance, protect against victimization, and nourish faith identity in LGBT+ lives.
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Pandemic Presents Challenge to Church Giving
This article outlines how churches around the world are responding to the financial challenges posed by the pandemic.
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Curriculum Evaluation Tool
This article suggests ways to discern if a particular faith formation curriculum is a good fit for your congregation.
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EmPOWERED to Serve
This online platform by the American Heart Association reduces health disparities and supports local solutions to health justice issues, specifically with minorities and multicultural communities.
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Guidance for the New Normal
This blog post summarizes good reopening practices from multiple sources for returning to worship facilities after COVID-19 restrictions.
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Bringing Our Pain to God: biblical lament in worship
This article describes biblical lament in real congregations and explores how Christians can bring pain and grief to God in worship.
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