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By Jemonde Taylor
Racial reconciliation can begin only when we truthfully encounter and examine our history. In Christ Beyond the Pale, Jemonde Taylor reflects on the theological roots of racism and discrimination and examines what it means to be formed by grace.
By David Romanik
How do we respond when those who look and speak differently knock on our door? When two Swahili-speaking refugee families from Congo arrived at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, in 2013, the community’s first response was to help with their physical needs. In Breaking Down Walls, David Romanik shares the process of discernment and the practical steps that followed as they shifted their focus to bringing God’s purpose for the community to life.
By Kelly Brown Douglas
The alienation of America from its soul is at the root of normalizing dehumanizing and violence against black lives. In Do We Want to Be White, Or Do We Want to be Church? Dean Kelly Brown Douglas asks communities of faith to lead this country back to its soul by setting an example through repentant truth-telling and restorative letting-go.
By Jemonde Taylor
How are icons different from images? In Icons: One Thousand Painted Prayers, Jemonde Taylor delves into the world of spiritual iconography and explains how powerfully expressive icons can be in revealing the divine to us and in us.
By Nicole Foster
What does it mean to be the gatekeepers of God’s house? In The Sons of Korah, Nicole Foster examines striking parallels between vestry service and the fearless protectors of God’s temple in 1 Chronicles.
By Isaac Everett
What do millennials need from the church? In Intentional Community, Isaac Everett explores a very real crisis that many young people have been thrust into – the lack of affordable housing, and offers hope and ideas for what the Church can do to create meaningful community for young people.
Are you thinking about ways to practice intergenerational discipleship in your community? In 7 Steps Toward Intergenerational Discipleship, Eduardo Solomón Rivera lists the ways all members of a parish can worship, learn and grow together, drawing on his personal experience to share the benefits of this model for community discipleship.
Cuando alguien en la iglesia habla de “formación”, muchos piensan en el salón de clase tradicional de la escuela dominical: las glorias de los brillantitos y el pegamento que tanto gustan a los niños pequeños y las bolsitas llenas de sorpresas del primer domingo en la Cuaresma.
By Melissa Rau
Parents who want their children to have an active life of faith must start thinking about their child’s discipleship journey early. In Beginning Before Baptism, Melissa Rau explains how new parents and churches can partner to create rites of passage and traditions for children in different stages of life to strengthen their faith development.
By Lisa Kimball
What does the experience of being baptized in the world look like for you? In Walking Wet, Lisa Kimball explains what baptism means in her everyday life and invites us to be disciples who are perpetually ‘wet’ in the waters of baptism.