Roadmap to Reconciliation : Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness and Justice
Overview - We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world. We are ready to rise up. But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? What we need is a clear sense of direction. Based on her extensive consulting experience with churches, colleges and organizations, Rev. Read more...
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We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world. We are ready to rise up. But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? What we need is a clear sense of direction. Based on her extensive consulting experience with churches, colleges and organizations, Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil has created a roadmap to show us the way. She guides us through the common topics of discussion and past the bumpy social terrain and political boundaries that will arise. In these pages she voices her call to all believers: "It's time for the followers of Jesus to embark on the prophetic journey that leads to reconciliation and transformation around the world. Many of us may already be aware of the need for reconciliation in our own backyards. . . . We cannot ignore the plight of the people around us and as globalization continues its relentless march onward, we cannot turn a blind eye to the world at large either. We have to face the realities here at home and we must also embrace the stories of people all around the world." Each chapter lays out the next step in the journey. With reflection questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, it's ideal to read together with your church or organization. If you are ready to take the next step into unity, wholeness and justice, then this is the book for you.
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Salter (A Credible Witness), a teaching minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church and an associate professor at Seattle Pacific University, believes there is a path forward for racial fairness in the world. In this book, she has created a roadmap to help communities of faith find harmony in a hurting world. Reconciliation, for Salter, can only come with a spiritual, social, and systematic adjustment of attitudes. If we are to move out beyond the safe and familiar surroundings of our own ethnic groups in order that the church might better reflect the image of God by including people from every tribe and nation, we need the Spirit of God to empower us, she writes. McNeil was a consultant for many years to churches and industry primarily concerned with creating ways to combat racial injustice and promote healthy communities. After each chapter are exercises for readers to complete that help to create a mind-set of equality and fairness. This book might work well in communities of faith experiencing some kind of strife and seeking a path forward. (Jan.)