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The always present reality of racism has revealed itself again through recent, senseless deaths. Racism is abhorrent. In the United States, racism is a cruel epidemic. It steals the breath of Black People and other people of color. Center for Congregations board member Dr. Alton Pollard recently commented, "The experience of Black America extends beyond death. Social death is no less real from disparities and inequities to disease and all manner of injustice." Racism has no place in our communities of faith.

There are excellent resources for courageous conversations about race. Congregations seeking an anti-racist journey are invited to explore this collection from Center president Tim Shapiro. We want to know your experience using these resources and on each you’ll see a box to tell us what you think. Also, feel free to suggest others that you find helpful. 


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Smart Compassion: How to Stop "Doing Outreach" and Start Making Change
This guide offers congregations a relationship-rich model for community ministry that can transform both community and congregation.
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Natural Church Development
This organization strengthens congregations by surveying congregants, planning for growth, and providing coaching.
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Sound, Lighting, and Video: A Resource for Worship
This book teaches readers how to integrate technology like video and lighting with the vision God has given a church in order to create a powerful worship service.
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This article helps congregations assess how their signage adds or detracts from their identity, mission, and values.
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Calling Clergy: A Spiritual and Practical Guide Through the Search Process
This book provides spiritual and practical processes to search for a new clergy, offering helpful tools to make it a positive discernment process.
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