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Racism

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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Protégé: Developing Your Next Generation of Church Leaders
This five-part resource equips congregations with the tools and information needed to find and nurture leaders for the next generation and beyond.
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Preparing to Build: Practical Tips and Experienced Advice to Prepare Your Church for a Building Program
This comprehensive book takes readers through the complete building process from analysis to land acquisition to working with architects.
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Practicing Witness: A Missional Vision of Christian Practices
This concise book offers a history and definition of missional theology, focusing on practice and context.
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Rambam's Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It is Necessary to Give
Written from a Jewish perspective, this book reflects on the work of twelfth-century scholar Rambam and his ladder of generosity.
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Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People
Written by various authors from diverse regions of the country, this book offers a unifying way of life centered on essential Christian practices.
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