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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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Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church
This book reflects on what it means to belong, leave, and rediscover the church, particularly for millennials. By drawing insight from the author's personal story in addition to others, this resource addresses topics like communion, baptism, and marriage.
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Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century: Engaging All Ages and Generations
This book offers a conceptual framework for faith formation in a changing world. Practical insights will help leaders understand and implement effective ministry strategies.
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Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation
This resource provides a theological framework to understand prophetic ministry and urges congregations to create and uphold a more just society, drawing inspiration from the biblical prophets, Jesus, and modern-day issues.
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Rich Church, Poor Church: Keys to Effective Financial Ministry
This resource clarifies the issues that make stewardship so challenging in modern times, examining practices that lead to faithful discipleship.
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Sacred Acts: How Churches Are Working to Protect Earth's Climate
Divided into four sections, this anthology of 12 essays has diverse theological and political perspectives, united in their support to confront climate change.
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