Thematic Resources for “Healing” – Mar. 2018

Resources for the theme of Healing for the month of March 2018



The Wounded Healer by Henri J. M. Nouwen
The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown
The Magic of Conflict: Turning a Life into a Work of Art by Thomas Crum
Standing Naked Before God: The Art of Public Confession by Molly Phinney Baskette
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Children’s Books

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss by Michaelene Mundy
Rising Above the Storm Clouds: What It’s Like to Forgive by Robert D. Enright
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass


Inside Out (2015) The bulk of the action takes place in 11 year old Riley’s head, physically in her brain, where, a team of anthropomorphic emotions—Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, Sadness—sift through a fantastical memory-storage apparatus and fight to stabilize Riley’s mental state. True to emotional form, this little film is joyful and sad and fearful all at once.

“Antwone Fisher” (2002) Denzel Washington plays naval psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport to whom Antwone Fisher is referred for his explosive temper. Dr. Davenport empowers Antwone to confront the past and take back the power that was stolen from him by abuse and neglect.

“The Kid” (2000) Bruce Willis plays Russ, a 40-year-old, self-centered but successful “image consultant.” Russ finds an 8-year-old boy wandering about his home, and then discovers that the boy is none other than himself. He rejects the boy, but fortunately, the boy refuses to leave and little by little Russ comes to embrace him.

“A Wrinkle in Time” (2018) – If you haven’t already seen this recent release, go as a family or with friends. Meg Murray travels through time and space to save her father from “IT” and realizes all she needs to save him is love.

Video and Audio
“The Power of Vulnerability” by TED Talk by Brene Brown
“The Power of Story” by TED Talk by Susan Conley
“Conflict Resolution using Non Violent Communication”


“Your Love is My Drug”WBUR’s Commonhealth program explores the neurobiology of a broken heart and how it is similar to that of withdrawal from addictive substances. 

“The Healing Power of Telling Your Story” by Lissa Rankin 

“Belonging Creates and Undoes Us Both”  The Podcast “On Being” with Krista Tippett talks with Irish theologian, poet, and conflict resolution facilitator Padraig O’Tuama about belonging, home, and hearing each other’s stories.


“Astral Plane” by Valerie June
“You’re the Only Thing in Your Way” by Cloud Cult

“Verge of a Miracle” by Rich Mullins
“The Healing Game” by Van Morrison

Take it Home with YUU

Mad Box – Make a Mad Box Equipment: Box of any size, tape, paper 1. Fill box with paper. Cut pictures from a magazine or write down things that make you mad. 2. Tape the box shut. 3. Use a plastic bat or jump up and down on the box until it is destroyed. 4. Discard or recycle the remnants.

Worry Beads –  Equipment: Sculpting clay, toothpick, old cookie sheet 1. Roll clay into small balls. 2. Use the toothpick to put a hole through the center of the ball, making a bead. 3. Bake according to directions on the package. 4. String the beads after baking. Variation: Use molding clay or playdough to mold and sculpt into different shapes. The feel of the clay can be soothing, helping to release anger, especially when children throw it onto a hard surface.

Inside – Outside Shoeboxes.  Decorate a  shoebox with images and words on the outside to represent the qualities you show to the world.  Decorate the inside of the shoebox with images and words that represent the inner qualities that are hidden to most people. Ask to see Rev. Tony’s if you want an example.