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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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After the Election

The 2020 election is just days away. The CRG has provided resources to keep congregations informed of how they can navigate the stresses of dealing with contentious politics in and around their communities. But what about after the election? What about the possible conflicts that may arise as a result of the election? 

Auburn Seminary hosted a multi-faith conversation entitled, “Faith Leaders Call for Moral Courage Now” with Auburn President, Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, along with Dr. Keisha McKenzie and Dr. Sharon Groves from Auburn’s program team, in conversation with Auburn Senior Fellows Stosh Cotler (CEO, Bend the Arc) and Rev. Brian McLaren (Activist and Public Theologian).

Watch as these five faith and justice leaders discuss how they prepared for the 2020 election and for its possible aftermath. What will our responses communicate to the world about who we are? How will we leverage the outcome of the election to build a better world? Will relationships and trust really help create change and if so, how can our congregation do the work

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Compassionate Response to Sexual Assault Survivors

Though the #MeToo movement has brought greater media attention to sexual assault, it is not a new phenomenon. There are countless examples of congregations and denominations acting in ways that proved harmful to victims. Even the most well-intentioned leaders can inflict pain due to a lack of information and preparation. 

The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault has put together a host of resources for congregations seeking to get ahead of the game. As any great leader will tell you, the best plans are laid well before they’re needed. If your congregation would like information on working with law enforcement and other professionals to form Sexual Assault Response Teams, check out the SART guide. There are also other workshops and trainings offered through ICESA that congregations can take advantage of. Finally, to gain a better perspective on the ways sexual assault impacts victims, watch the Break The Silence video.

 


 


 

Books

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What to Do with Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide
This book teaches budgeting for life's unplanned events, such as COVID-19 and unemployment.
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Christian Principles for Managing Money
This book is often used by congregations to create financial literacy courses for members.
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The 21 Day Financial Fast
This text is often used for financial literacy courses in local congregations.

Articles

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The Risk the White Church Must Take to Address Racism
This letter from a white pastor encourages the white church to take action after the killing of George Floyd.
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Copyright Issues in Digital Ministry
Created for a ministry workshop, this is the full resource list of helpful information and tools.
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Praying in the Time of COVID-19: How the World's Largest Mosques Adapted
This article demonstrates how prayer and community life can take new forms during pandemic limitations.

Web Resources

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dFree: Financial Freedom Movement
This 12-step program provides interactive tools to become debt-free and avoid financial pitfalls.
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Pond
This innovative platform allows nonprofits to consult technology vendors and hire them for projects.
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One License
This music copyright license allows congregations to legally reprint, podcast, record hymns, and perform worship music.

Organizations

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Michelle Singletary
This national speaker teaches congregations about economic development, wealth building, and financial management.
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Brotherhood Mutual
This insurance group helps reduce a congregation's liability and risk through services and resources.
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Virtual Ministry Assistants
Virtual Ministry Assistants provides administrators and information technology experts to aid in a range of tasks, including worship setup, website maintenance, and logging financial information.

Media

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Building Wealth in the Black Community
This video shares financial habits for African American economic empowerment, including resources to address economic disparities.
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Intro to YouTube Policies and Guidelines
This interactive page shares guidelines, explains scenarios, and offers tips to upload YouTube videos.
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What's Next in Digital Worship?
These Calvin Institute webinars explore post-pandemic worship including preaching, liturgy, music, and technological integration.

Events

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Rural Ministry Conference
This conference focuses on educating and empowering prospective and current clergy, for ministry and in general, at rural congregations.
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RelateStrong
This training program prepares participants to facilitate groups and build stronger, healthier relationships.
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Academy of Preachers Festival of Preaching
The Festival of Preaching is an ecumenical event for Christian teens and young adults who discern a call to preaching. The festival offers opportunities for participants to preach, receive feedback, connect with peers, and develop mentorships.

Periodicals

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National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) Journal
The National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) is an active professional network of Reform Jewish Synagogue Executive Directors that publishes a twice-yearly journal with articles written by members and Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) staff. Topics include: collaboration, giving, communication (including social media), technology, and leadership transition.
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Church Health Reader
The quarterly Church Health Reader recognizes the challenge of maintaining spiritual, emotional, physical and social well-being in a world of stress, violence, confusing value systems and social turmoil and offers practical, timely instruction and helpful options.
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Church Finance Today
This e-newsletter covers timely finance topics such as record keeping, business expenses, church office security, internal controls, best practices for donations, and money management.

Software

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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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Fellowship One
This member management software has a suite of tools to track attendance, member engagement, and donations. It's easy to use from any computer or mobile device.
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WeShare: Online Giving for Churches and Other Community Organizations
This company makes online donation software that can be used with computers, tablets, and smartphones, and through credit cards, debit cards, or electronic transfer of funds.
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