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Keeping an Anti-Racism Focus

As 2021 unfolds, events in the public arena once again demonstrate the dehumanizing reality of racism.  

The existence of racism is a grievous fact. For people of color, racism is pervasive.  This pervasiveness is evident in every aspect of life, including the life of congregations.  

Yet, congregations of color represent resilient strength with robust voices and true hearts. The Center for Congregations learns each time testimonies and stories of such strength are shared.  

Many white congregations are seeking resources about anti-racism. There is the desire to listen, learn and become allies. The Center is committed to connecting congregations to resources that will support learning journeys leading to a more just world.   

Here is a link to additional anti-racism resources.  You will find even more as you search the CRG.   

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The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry
This accessible question guide for facilitators empowers groups to think positively about change.
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Appreciative Inquiry Commons
This online hub for all things AI explains the positive change framework, offers a wide range of resources, and connects people to a global community.
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Preaching in the Interim: Transitional Leadership in the Latino/a Church
This collection of sermons by an interim pastor highlights the urban Latino/a experience and shares wisdom for preaching as an interim minister.
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Race to Justice: Learn and Lead
This resource list provides a deep dive into issues of race and encourages congregations to address institutional racism.
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Appreciative Leadership: Building a Thriving Organization
This video explains positive psychology leadership and relational strategies to collaborate and create the future.
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Center for Appreciative Inquiry
This organization helps people address challenges by switching from a problem-based mindset to a strength-based mindset.
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Who Should be at the Table?
This article highlight the various stakeholders who should be included in the decision-making process.
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Church Community Builder
This member management software connects congregations in its giving, volunteers, small groups, child check-in, communication, and a customized app.
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The Other Half of Church: Christian Community, Brain Science and Overcoming Spiritual Stagnation
Discipleship Pastor Michael Hendricks shares how brain science changed the way he approaches faith formation and education.
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The Congregational Resource Guide

The CRG (Congregation Resource Guide) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right resources to address their unique challenges and needs. Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., the Center for Congregations was founded in 1997 to help Indiana congregations address their needs through resource consulting, educational events and grants.
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