Courageous Conversations Resources

When we embarked on our four-week Sunday School class about Courageous Conversations, we knew it would serve only as a launch point for conversations about these topics. We will offer structured focus on these topics in future Sunday School classes, but we also want to provide direction for those wanting to continue their own study and growth.

Below are recommended resources about the three topics we discussed in class:

Human Sexuality

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Grace // Truth
by dr. preston sprinkle

Grace/Truth is an interactive, small group learning experience that introduces Christians to LGBT+ people, the language to use and avoid, a theologically faithful view of marriage and sexuality, and practical guidance on how to embody the love of Christ toward sexual and gender minorities.

Coming January 2020 as an adult Sunday School class.

If you would like to use this resource with your small group, please contact Pastor Colleen.

 
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Embrace

Embrace is a suite of human sexuality discipleship resources and learning experiences which are in harmony with the adopted position of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), the center of which is "Faithfulness in heterosexual marriage, celibacy in singleness—these constitute the Christian standard." covchurch.org/embrace

We will show recordings of select Embrace webinars during the Sunday School hour October 13 - November 24.

 
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Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church

Homosexuality is one of the most hotly debated topics in the evangelical church today. In Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church four contributors, two defending a traditional view and two defending an affirming view, address not only biblical and theological questions, but also the pressing pastoral questions for the church.

Publisher’s Website

 Immigration/Refugee Crisis

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Dialogues on: the Refugee Crisis

To bring perspective and meaningful conversations around the topic of refugees in America, Dialogues On: The Refugees Crisis offers eight unique perspectives from experienced authors from renowned organizations such as World Relief and Church World Service that provide insight into refugee stories and experiences.

Coming January 2020 as an adult Sunday School class.

If you would like to use this resource with your small group, please contact Pastor Colleen.

 
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Seeking Refuge
By Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, & Dr. Issam Smeir

In Seeking Refuge, three experts from World Relief, an international non-profit specializing in refugee resettlement, offer a practical, well-rounded, well-researched guide to the issue.

  • Who are refugees and other displaced peoples?

  • What are the real risks and benefits of receiving them?

  • How do we balance compassion and security?

World Relief Book Website

 
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Welcoming the Stranger
By Matthew Soerens & Jenny Yang

In this book World Relief immigration experts Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible, and just as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.

World Relief Book Website

Understanding Race 

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White Savior: Racism in the American Church

The 2008 election of Barack Obama led many to believe we had entered a post-racial America, one in which the nation’s traumatic and painful history of racism had finally been erased. In the years since, it’s become increasingly clear that the deep roots of racism and white supremacy continue to run through our political, cultural, and religious institutions.

Based on interviews and current research, the documentary film White Savior explores the historic relationship between racism and American Christianity, the ongoing segregation of the church in the US, and the complexities of racial reconciliation.

Featuring interviews with Lenny Duncan, Soong Chan Rah, Jacqueline Woodson, Jim Bear Jacobs, Dominique Gilliard, and more.

Coming January 2020 as an adult Sunday School class.

If you would like to use this resource with your small group, please contact Pastor Colleen.

 
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Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s heart for Racial Reconciliation
By Latasha Morrison

A leading advocate for racial reconciliation offers a clarion call for Christians to move toward relationship and deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture.

With racial tensions as high within the church as outside the church, it is time for Christians to become the leaders in the conversation on racial reconciliation. This power-packed guide helps readers deepen their understanding of historical factors and present realities, equipping them to participate in the ongoing dialogue and to serve as catalysts for righteousness, justice, healing, transformation, and reconciliation.

Publisher’s Website

 
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White Awake
By Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words:

"Daniel, you may be white, but don't let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture."

Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. And in this compelling and timely book, he shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening.

Publisher’s Website