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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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A New State of Mind - Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness
This hour-long documentary details the stories of everyday people while breaking through the silence, shame, and stigma related to mental illness.
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Ending Well
This article outlines concrete, practical steps to follow for a church that has decided to close.
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Young Children and Worship
This book introduces a Montessori-style curriculum for children, connecting their capacity for wonder and spiritual engagement with Scripture's ability to communicate meaning on multiple levels.
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Curriculum Overview for Children's Formation
This chart contains a comprehensive list of currently available children's faith formation curricula with descriptions of each.
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Worship in Times of Crisis and Trauma
This panel discussion provides insight to manage disasters and traumas in the congregation and community.
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Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism
This resource uses a two-fold approach to form the basis for a thoughtful and practical guide on ways to communicate the power of God in today's setting.
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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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The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry
This accessible question guide for facilitators empowers groups to think positively about change.
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Mapping the 21st Century Ministry Landscape
This web resource provided by Keith Anderson, a Lutheran pastor and co-author of Click 2 Save Reboot: The Digital Ministry Bible , argues that "we need to take the time to reacquaint ourselves with our local communities and plug in to our new digital neighborhoods".

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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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