Everyday Hope

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Each and everyday, we face complex challenges that have no easy answers. Suffering, grief, sexual temptation, criticism, conflict, relationship issues, and more. How will we respond when life gets hard? In our new series, Everyday Hope, we're giving you practical tools and lessons to live by from 1 Thessalonians. Each week, we'll provide:

  • Videos 
  • Groups & Classes
  • Activities & Assessments
  • Free downloads to help you take the next step

We hope this series helps you live your best, most hopeful life.


How will you find hope?

Featured This Week



Week 6: Handling Conflict

Week 6: Handling Conflict

Easy Ways to Handle Conflict That Work

Conflict, while often avoided, is not necessarily bad. In fact, conflict can be good for you. The key is learning how to manage conflict effectively so that it can serve as a catalyst, rather than a hindrance, to your personal improvement.
Free Download

Groups & Classes

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Assessments

Below are two ways you can do self work to 1) acknowledge areas for emotional intelligence growth and 2) discover your conflict styles. These helpful tools can change the way you live and interact with others.
Emotional Intelligence TestConflict Profile

Conflict Video Resources

Conflict Resolution

A Guide for Challenging Conversations

The Beauty of COnflict


Coming Up In Everyday Hope



Week 7: Letting Go of Revenge

Week 7: Letting Go of Revenge

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the act of compassionately releasing the desire to punish someone or yourself for an offense. It’s a state of grace, nothing you can force or pretend. There are no shortcuts. Learn three great techniques on letting go and moving forward
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Groups & Classes

If you need support or care, we’re here for you. Visit stlukesumc.com/care or contact Rev. Dr. Regina Proctor, Pastor of Care, with questions and specific needs. Here are a few local groups you can join:

Find A Group

Assessments

Below are two ways you can do self work to 1) acknowledge areas for emotional intelligence growth and 2) discover your conflict styles. These helpful tools can change the way you live and interact with others.
Emotional Intelligence TestConflict Profile

Video Resources

The Real Risk of Forgiveness–And Why It’s Worth It

The Best Revenge is Letting Go & Moving On

10 Ways to Have Better Conversations


Past Week's Topics & Resources



Week 1: Gratitude

Week 1: Gratitude

Free Download: 3 Gratitude Activities To Try Today

Finding joy and gratitude, especially in the midst of the last year can feel difficult. Gratitude is often linked to imporved health, relationships, and job performance. We're providing you with three great activities to help you get started today!
Free Download

Spiritual Gifts Assessment

The Spiritual Gifts Assessment tool is a quick survey you can take to identify your spiritual gifts. To take this assesment, you must be logged into the website. If you do not have an account yet, it takes seconds to set one up. Enjoy!
Take the Assessment

Gratitude Video Resources

SERMON: Praise in a Pandemic

Discover the Three Keys of Gratitude to Unlock Your Happiest Life

Learning to Be Grateful Can Increase Happiness


Week 2: Suffering

Week 2: Suffering

5 Practices to Help You Through Times of Struggle

There is a growing body of research indicating that people can and do grow through suffering. Here are 5 practices that are backed by research to help you grow through times of struggle.
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Groups & Classes

Find A Group

Care & Support

If you’ve suffered emotionally, spiritually, physically, or mentally and need support, we’re here for you. Visit stlukesumc.com/care or contact Rev. Dr. Regina Proctor, Pastor of Care, for prayer requests and the many other ways we can come alongside and care for you in your time of need.
Contact Regina

Suffering Video Resources

SERMON: When the Walls Collapse

The Art & Science of Suffering

Empathy for the Suffering


Week 3: Getting Along With Others

Week 3: Getting Along With Others

How to Start Antiracist Work in Your Community

Many people feel ill-equipped about discussing race in their communities. Finally, people have woken up to a new reality that others in our community have been living with for too long. Collectively, we are understanding that not only must we stand in solidarity with those who have been marginalized, we must also take action to create long-lasting, systemic change to address racial injustice and inequality.
Free Download

Center for Contemplation & Justice

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Assessments

Below are two ways you can do self work to 1) acknowledge areas for emotional intelligence growth and 2) assess any biases you have. These helpful tools can change the way you live and interact with others.
Emotional Intelligence Test Implicit Bias Test

Video Resources

SERMON SERIES: Justice or Just Us?

Justice

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable


Week 4: Sexual Ethics

Week 4: Sexual Ethics

7 Ways to Battle Sexual Addiction

Over 40 million American people regularly visit porn sites. 35% of all internet downloads are related to pornography. Today more than ever, sex and sexual ethics are a topic many individuals struggle to talk about, identify, or even understand. If you're struggling in this area or know someone who is, check out the free download.
Free Download

Support Groups & Care

If you need support or care, we’re here for you. Visit stlukesumc.com/care or contact Rev. Dr. Regina Proctor, Pastor of Care, with questions and specific needs.

Find Care Here

Video Resources

The Bible Project: Song of Songs

Let's Talk About Sex

Spirituality & Sexuality


Week 5: Grief

Week 5: Grief

9 Ways to Cope with Grief

A grief recovery process is different for every person. There are no cure-alls or one-size-fits-all type of programs to help you through a painful grieving process. For some, it can take years before they can get a handle on their as grief recovery may be difficult, but it is not impossible. It is about learning how to cope with your grief rather than suppressing it or hoping that it fades away. Here are 9 ways to cope with grief with the loss of a loved one.
Free Download

Support Groups & Care

Looking for support or care? We have you covered. Visit stlukesumc.com/care or contact Rev. Dr. Regina Proctor, Pastor of Care, with questions and specific needs. Here are a few local groups you can join:

Find Care Here

Grief Video Resources

Sermon: Letting Go of Loved Ones & Finding Comfort

We Don’t Move On From Grief, We Move Forward With It

5 Things No One Tells You About Grief