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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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Using Facilities Assessments: A Resource from the Center for Congregations
This brief guide gives readers an introduction to facilities assessment and addresses what to do with the completed assessment.
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Church Health Assessment Tool (CHAT)
This survey is designed to be used during times of change, periods of new development, and when a congregation is beginning a strategic planning process.
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Failing at Assimilation and Finding Abundance
This article shares the personal experience of an Asian American woman as a volunteer in an Evangelical Church. It considers issues of white transparency, white superiority and hospitality.
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Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving without Full-Time Clergy
This book explores how to run effective ministries with lay leaders and a half- or quarter-time professional.
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6 Ways to Grow a Thriving Facebook Group
This short article has tips to create and manage a church Facebook group.
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Space Together
This portal connects congregations who have extra space or need space. The site provides sharing agreements and local opportunities for space sharing.
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Secure Community Network: Houses of Worship
This article shares the possible threats and their effects on synagogues.
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The Body Keeps the Score
This psychology-based book shares the prevalence of trauma, how it impacts the brain and the body, and how we can heal.
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Emotional Sobriety
This neuropsychology book explains the way trauma alters the brain and provides alternate coping skills.
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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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