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Talking About Racism

Many congregations are looking for resources to help them talk about racism. White congregations want to prepare for dialogue with their multi-cultural neighbors. They want to learn more about the historical roots of racism and how it has become ingrained through social and economic structures.


Among the many fine books available, there is one curriculum that stands out as practical, accessible, and free. White Privilege: Let’s Talk – a Resource for Transformational Dialogue is a free, downloadable curriculum from the United Church of Christ.


It is designed to engage participants in “safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold” conversations on race. The curriculum contains background reading, webinars, and a conversation guide.


To get a feel for the material, it may be helpful to watch one of the five accompanying webinars, such as Whiteness as the Norm. For congregations who want to delve more deeply into racial issues impacting communities of faith, take a look at https://thecrg.org/search/results?query=race.


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Becoming a Multicultural Church
This book details how one church went from being a traditional congregation to becoming a larger, multi-cultual church.
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God's Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences
This book is meant for individuals and congregational leaders invested in understanding racial-ethnic differences, and is both practical and theological in its approach.
media
Racial Diversity in a Changing Harlem Congregation
This video by PBS details the changes and growth of First Corinthian Church in Harlem, New York.
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Reaching People Under 30 while Keeping People Over 60: Creating Community Across Generations
This book speaks to the intergenerational gap and offers suggestions for bridging divides using the biblical example of Jesus and Paul, who invited all to participate.
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Doug Hanner

Doug Hanner is a pastor and former CRG director. He has a strong background of lay ministry and strategic planning coaching and consulting.

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