Dear church leader,
Who is caring for you right now?


Four authors invite you to experience life-giving reflection and discover embodied practices for resilience in ministry.

Thursday January 14, 1:00-2:30 PM CST
FREE Admission

(Registration will be capped at 300 participants.)

Join us in the Book Hub for this special online event: Care for Church Leaders: Storytelling, Rituals and Embodied Practices for Resilience

  • Be inspired by stories of ministry and hope
  • Hear insight into practical, lived theology
  • Be encouraged by leaders like you who understand
  • Take a gentle glide into new and familiar spiritual practices

You're Invited to a time of refreshment


Embodied: Clergy Women and the Solidarity of a Mothering God

Lee Ann Pomrenke's book is for clergy who are also mothers, with powerful encouragement to share the teeth-gritting beauty of this tension with those who can support us. Stories worthy of tears, chuckles or groans from the lives of “clergy mamas” may echo the reader's as the author confronts the assumptions people make about mothers who lead.  Ultimately, Pomrenke points to a practical, lived theology that every Christianis crucial to raising the family of God.


Speak It Plain: Words for Worship and Life Together

Meta Herrick Carlson's book delivers prayers, blessings, litanies, and liturgies for key moments in worship. This collection is intended as a companion to other worship resources. Carlson invites pastors and other leaders to pay attention to the great theology that sometimes is hidden beneath our high church language, patriarchal customs, and insular questions.


12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life

In 12 Tiny Things Ellie Roscher and Heidi Barr journey with us through twelve essential areas of life: space, work, spirituality, food, style, nature, communication, home, sensuality, creativity, learning, and community. In each of these areas, we are invited to take one tiny action that is sure to open up growth and renewal.


Meet the Authors

  • Ellie Roscher

    Ellie Roscher is the author of 12 Tiny Things, Play Like a Girl and How Coffee Saved My Life. Her writing also appears in the Baltimore Review, Inscape Magazine, Bookology Magazine and elsewhere. Ellie hosts the Unlikely Conversations podcast, teaches yoga at Up Yoga and teaches writing at The Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Writing Project. Through curious inquiry, commitment to the sacred ordinary and artistic collaboration, her work accompanies people to a more centered, whole, and embodied self. Ellie holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Theology from Luther Seminary. Follow her at @ellieroscher and find out more at

  • Heidi Barr

    Heidi Barr is the author of 12 Tiny Things and four other non-fiction books. She works as a wellness coach at Noom, Inc and occasionally coordinates with yoga teachers and organic farms to offer retreat experiences. A commitment to cultivating ways of being that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities and the planet provides the foundation for her work. Heidi studied Health and Wellness at Luther College and has a Master of Arts degree from Luther Seminary in Faith and Health Ministries. She lives in Minnesota with her family where they tend a large vegetable garden, explore nature and do their best to live simply. Learn more at

  • Meta Herrick Carlson

    Meta Herrick Carlson is a pastor and poet living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She serves a two-campus congregation that used to be two separate churches. This ministry is challenging and exciting because they are all learning how to let go and lean in for the sake of a shared future. Meta is passionate about cultivating healthy systems and preaching that moves us toward mercy and justice. She is also a co-founder of the Alter Guild podcast network. Meta’s first book is Ordinary Blessings: Prayers, Poems, and Meditations for Everyday Life (Fortress Press, February 2020). Her second book is Speak It Plain: Words for Worship and Life Together (Fortress Press, December 2020). Learn more at

  • Lee Ann Pomrenke

    Lee Ann M. Pomrenke is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She serves as an interim pastor in the St. Paul Area Synod and is also a digital content editor for Luther Seminary's The Faith+Leader and Working Preacher resources. Embodied: Clergy Women and the Solidarity of a Mothering God is her first book, published by Church Publishing, Inc in September 2020.


Be refreshed and renewed for ministry in 2021