This Sunday we are wrapping up our Culture of Heaven series. These past few weeks we have taken a look at diversity with a biblical perspective, and and we’ve built a foundation of ways to bring the full Kingdom of God to earth. We encourage you to continue addressing what it looks like to celebrate diversity in our community with a Kingdom mindset.
Check out some resources on diversity and the Church:
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Faith and the Problem of Race in America by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
Divided by Faith takes a look at the issue of racism in America and how the Church can make a difference. Through extended research, including 2,000 phone calls and hundreds of face-to-face interviews, Emerson and Smith provide an in-depth analysis of how racism is still affecting our society, but there is hope in the way we, as the Church, respond.
United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race by Michael Emerson and Curtiss Paul Deyoung
In this book, DeYoung and Emerson discuss the idea that the Church holds the key to unlocking the issue of racism in our nation. Diversity is beautiful and we need it in our congregation. The Church has an opportunity to bring healing and racial reconciliation to our nation by embracing diversity.
People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States by Michael Emerson and Rodney Woo
In People of the Dream, Emerson and Woo study how multiracial congregations can be a reality across America. They discuss how diversity in the Church not only builds bridges, but also facilitate cross-cultural relationships that wouldn’t naturally come together. Diversity in the local church has the power to restore and bring hope to a community.
One Body One Spirit by George Yancey
In this book, Yancey provides practicals for people committed to bringing cultural, ethnic and racial reconciliation into their congregation. As the Church, we want to be equipped to minister to every tribe and tongue, and Yancey goes into how we can do that.