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Black Church 75 Inc.
This organization encourages registration and voter turnout from Black churches.
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Vote Fielmente: útiles de participación electoral
La guía provee información y herramientos para inscribirse y promover el derecho al voto.
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The Witness of the Church and a Critical Presidential Election
In this panel discussion, faith leaders discuss human flourishing in America and the experiences of Black and Brown communities. Then they encourage civil dialogue and political action.
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COVID-19 Congregational Study
The findings of this national survey provide insight into how the pandemic has effected giving, budgets, and future congregational plans.
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The Colossian Forum
This organization helps Christian communities use cultural conflicts as opportunities for growth rather than division.
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Church & State: Government Restrictions or Biblical Convictions
In this Q Ideas recorded event, Gabe Lyons facilitates a panel discussion about the controversy of gathering for worship during the pandemic.
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Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA)
ASCA is a national support group for adult survivors of physical, sexual, and emotional child abuse which supports survivors through self-help programs and resources.
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Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide
This book equips clergy to skillfully preach and facilitate congregational dialogue about divisive justice issues.
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A Look Inside a Funeral Home during COVID-19
This video provides a deep dive into the logistical and emotional duress of Black people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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.

 



 



 

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Encouragement and Engagement for the 2020 Election

A critical presidential election looms before us. Christians want to play a constructive role and make a positive difference, but often are unsure how to get involved and what issues to address. Letters to the Church seeks to help the church:


  • to think again about God’s presence and purposes in our lives and in the world

  • to shine the light and language of our faith on issues and situations that diminish individuals and threaten our common life

  • and to prompt us all to think about what it means to be the church in the face of these particular challenges and opportunities.

Designed for individuals and church study groups, the book begins with a letter to pastors and a letter to congregations. Pastors and congregations share a mutual vulnerability these days that is hampered by an inability or lack of interest in open, honest, faith-informed conversations.

What We Are Experiencing Now - letters in this section address the anxiety of often feeling on-edge and off-balance, the craving for certainty, the revival of deadly prejudices and unresolved grief.

What We Hope - readers can envision an inclusive American family portrait, the hope of trusting each other again, the desire to see courageous leadership exercised and the need for clarity between ethical commitments and political maneuvering.

What We Are Called To - letters encourage acts of confession and justice, careful and critical thinking, the need for allies, recognition of when to support and when to resist and a path for constructive engagement.

Each letter names a specific issue and describes the importance of that issue for our country and for this particular election season. Each letter concludes with reflections on “The Witness of the Church.”

Whatever the outcome of any heavily partisan election where money and shrill voices are likely to dominate, our first calling is to be the church, to be light to the world. Letters to the Church seeks to support the church in that vocation through re-centering ourselves, clarifying our commitments and engaging courageously.

 

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Latinx/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health
This resource hub provides colorful tip sheets, self-screening, and mental health resources for Latinx communities.
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