Christian Education

Facing "The Talk": Conversations with My Four Daughters about Sex

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$16.00
What are we teaching our daughters about sex? Our girls are bombarded with sexual messages at school, through social media, in movies, songs and advertising, and so on. How are we helping them process these messages? At what age should we start talking about sex? How do we protect them in this world of sexting and date rape? Most importantly, how do we empower them to make wise choices about their bodies and learn to take care of themselves in a world that can feel very unsafe? Elizabeth Chapin writes: "The data is pretty consistent most girls aren't waiting until marriage to have sex. Many aren't even waiting until adulthood! Unfortunately, too many parents don't explicitly talk about sex. Perhaps we're afraid our kids won't listen. Or we won't know what to say. Maybe we're ashamed of something in our past. Or we're paralyzed by our own brokenness because of something terrible that's happened to us. For some of us, our parents never talked about sex and we made all the right choices, so we expect the same outcome for our own girls. Unfortunately, our silence often does more harm than good." This book is designed to inspire and encourage us to have conversations about sex with our girls that will prepare them to make healthy, wise and informed choices. This is not a typical "how to" parenting book. Elizabeth Chapin is a professor and a mom of four who is open about all her missteps as a parent. She shows us how she has been able to offer her girls something more than a set of rules about sex instead offering them an alternative imagination, a reframing of what Western media culture defines sex to be. If you, like Elizabeth, want to invite your daughters into the bigger story of God's creative goodness in the world, then you will find a refreshing perspective in these pages."
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9780830843220
Publication Date: 
2015-09-25
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Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix (Revised)

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Ten years after his death, Edwin Friedman's best-selling A Failure of Nerve continues to offer insights into leadership that are more urgently needed than ever, and this revised, anniversary edition is essential reading for all leaders, be they parents or presidents, corporate executives or educators, religious superiors or coaches, healers or generals, managers or clergy. Friedman was the first to tell us that all organizations have personalities, like families, and to apply the insights of family therapy to churches and synagogues, rectors and rabbis, and politicians and teachers. His understandings about our regressed, "seatbelt society," oriented toward safety rather than adventure, help explain the sabotage that leaders constantly face today. Suspicious of the "quick fixes" and instant solutions that sweep through our culture only to give way to the next fad, he argued for strength and selfdifferentiation as the marks of true leadership. His formula for success is more maturity, not more data; stamina, not technique; and personal responsibility, not empathy. A Failure of Nerve was unfinished at the time of Friedman's death and originally published in a limited edition. This new edition cleans up some oversights in the original and brings his life-changing insights and challenges to a new generation of readers. "Reading this book is like discovering an unpublished Beethoven sonata or a missing play of Shakespeare. Ed Friedman was one of our most brilliant, original, and provocative thinkers across the fields of therapy, ministry, and organizational leadership." --Professor William J. Doherty, Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Minnesota
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9781596272798
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2017-05-01
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Faith Care: Ministering to All God's People Through the Ages of Life

Faith Care: Ministering to All God's People Through the Ages of Life
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This helpful book provides the link between theories about learning and human development and the tasks of pastors. Daniel Aleshire shows that paying attention to people can be the source of knowledge about the congregation and the basis for ministry, education, and Christian nurture.

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9780664240547
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2004-02-20
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Finding God in the Grafitti: Empowering Teenagers through Their Stories

Finding God in the Grafitti: Empowering Teenagers through Their Stories
$24.00
Finding God in the Graffiti encourages church educators, youth ministers, and students of ministry to connect the living reality of God through the use of powerful stories and narratives that will engage the youth in their church or Christian organization. It will inspire readers with many ways in which stories can engage youth educationally; provides a conceptual map of discipline for teaching and learning purposes; equips youth workers to practice a repertoire of narrative methods with young people; and gives practitioners conceptual tools to reflect on their practice with insight and precision.
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9780829818024
Publication Date: 
2011-09-01
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Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive

Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive
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Those considering seminary, those in seminary, and those preparing to graduate from seminary need help. They need help discerning their call, moving into the bewildering world of theological study, and balancing the competing claims of school, work, and family. This book proposes to offer that help, and more, because the seminary eperience is evolving more rapidly than at any time in its history.

This book is an ideal textbook for introductory seminary or spiritual formation courses that the majority of seminaries now require of first-year students. The three sections of this book provide information and guidance to those who are discerning a call to ministry and considering theological education; introduces new seminarians to thinking theologically, forming supportive relationships, integrating what they are learning in school with their spiritual lives, and practical guidance on such matters is serving a local congregation while one is in seminary; and offers advice on negotiating the ordination process in different denominational traditions and making the transition from study to full-time ministry.

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9780664259501
Publication Date: 
2016-09-21
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Forging a Better Religious Education in the Third Millennium

Forging a Better Religious Education in the Third Millennium
$24.95
Book by James Michael Lee
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9780891351139
Publication Date: 
2000-06-01
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Free to Teach: Achieving Equity and Excellence in Schools

Free to Teach: Achieving Equity and Excellence in Schools
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Book by Nathan, Joe
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9780829809053
Publication Date: 
1991-09-01
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From Bubble to Bridge: Educating Christians for a Multifaith World

From Bubble to Bridge: Educating Christians for a Multifaith World
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Understanding our religious neighbors is more important than ever--but also more challenging. In a world of deep religious strife and increasing pluralism it can seem safer to remain inside the bubble of our faith community. Christian college campuses in particular provide a strong social bubble that reinforces one's faith identity in distinction from the wider society. Many Christians worry that engaging in interfaith dialogue will require watering down their faith and accepting other religions as equally true. Bethel University professors Marion Larson and Sara Shady not only make the case that we can love our religious neighbors without diluting our commitment, but also offer practical wisdom and ideas for turning our faith bubbles into bridges of religious inclusion and interfaith engagement. Drawing on the parables of Jesus, research on interreligious dialogue, and their own classroom experience, Larson and Shady provide readers with the tools they need to move beyond the bubble. Interfaith dialogue is difficult, and From Bubble to Bridge is the timely guide we have been waiting for.

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9780830851560
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2016-12-16
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Future of Academic Freedom

Future of Academic Freedom
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At the bottom of every controversy embroiling the university today--from debates over hate-speech codes to the reorganization of the academy as a multicultural institution--is the concept of academic freedom. But academic freedom is almost never mentioned in these debates. Now nine leading academics, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Edward Said, Richard Rorty, and Joan W. Scott, consider the problems confronting the American University in terms of their effect on the future of academic freedom.

Louis Menand has assembled The Future of Academic Freedom to better define and delineate what should and should not happen within our colleges and universities. . . . The whole extremely learned yet accessible debate exploits the freedoms it extols, tackling sensitive subjects such as ethnicity and ethics head-on.--Publishers Weekly

The essays are not only sharp, elegant and lucid, but extremely well-informed about the history of American battles over academic freedom.--Alan Ryan, Times Higher Education Supplement

[A] superb inquiry into some of the most vexing and significant issues in higher education today.--Zachary Karabell, Boston Book Review

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9780226520049
Publication Date: 
1996-12-15
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Future of Christian Learning, The: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue

Future of Christian Learning, The: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue
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Evangelicals and Roman Catholics have been responsible for the establishment of many colleges and universities in America. Until recently, however, they have taken very different approaches to the subject of education and have viewed one another's traditions with suspicion.
In this volume, Mark Noll and James Turner offer critical but appreciative reassessments of the two traditions. Noll, writing from an evangelical perspective, and Turner, from a Roman Catholic perspective, consider the respective strengths and weaknesses of each approach and what they might learn from the other. The authors then provide brief responses to each other's essays. Thoughtful readers from both traditions will find insightful and challenging ideas regarding the importance of Christian learning and the role of faith in the modern college or university.
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In many respects, the current volume . . . touch[es] upon three issues: intellectual engagement, tradition, and ecumenism. The basic idea behind the project was to bring [together] a leading American evangelical scholar and a leading American Catholic scholar, both familiar with their own tradition, with one another's tradition, and with the general landscape of "Christian learning," understood to mean what goes on at actual institutions of higher education, as well as the broader world of academic scholarship. Once this goal was formulated, two names quickly leaped to mind: Mark Noll and James Turner--scholars whom I have long suspected might be American reincarnations of the (irenic, erudite) Protestant reformer Philipp Melanchthon and the (irenic, erudite) Catholic humanist Desiderius Erasmus. . . .
As planning processes got under way, however, Mark Noll accepted an endowed chair at Notre Dame, bringing his long and distinguished tenure at Wheaton [College] to an end and thereby making among his first tasks in his new post a toe-to-toe encounter with his new colleague and (then-serving) departmental chair, James Turner! Thus our dialogue lost the symbolism of confessionally contrasting institutions, even as we retained the intellectual firepower of the invitees. As readers will discover, those [at the conference] were rewarded with a heady mix of hard-earned erudition, theological commitment, and gracious eloquence--all focused on what I am persuaded are among the more interesting and consequential developments in recent decades: points of (promising) contact and (lingering) conflict between evangelical and Catholic approaches to higher education and scholarship.
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9781587432132
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2008-06-01
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Gateways to Spirituality: Pre-School Through Grade Twelve

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$41.00
Gateways to Spirituality: Pre-School through Grade Twelve focuses on spiritual formation in American pre-collegiate education. Its fifteen contributors advance distinctive views about the connections that exist between spirituality, learning, social and ethical consciousness, and community life. The book will be useful to educators who wish to acknowledge youth spirituality in ways that are informed, fair, constitutional, and inclusive. School administrators, teachers, counselors, and chaplains who are interested in issues of liberal education and spirituality, who wish to take religious diversity and spiritual identity seriously, and who offer courses in religious studies will find Gateways to Spirituality an invaluable resource.
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9780820468150
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2005-07-28
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Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood

Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood
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Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Family Life. (Second Place).


Do you ever feel like a raging tsumani, running through the house like a whirlwind and yelling at the top of your voice while the kids drag their feet and fight with one another as you desperately try to find lost shoes and get out the door on time? Overwhelmed, over-extended, and guilt-plagued?

With honesty, humor, and practical wisdom, Getting Past Perfect helps moms overcome Pinterest-inspired perfectionism by replacing your deepest fears and anxieties with a steady trust in God and the freedom to love authentically.

If you have ever felt that you were not "enough" as a wife or mom, or if you're someone who struggles to do it all, Getting Past Perfect offers a realistic and reassuring portrait of Catholic womanhood, placing motherhood in the context of every woman's primary role as a child of God.

Kate Wicker--journalist, popular speaker, and author of the highly-acclaimed Weightless--shares how she shook off doubt and negative self-perception, finding self-acceptance as a mom and the desire to stop controlling everyone around her. Getting Past Perfect invites you to make this same journey as you learn to embrace the primacy of your role as a daughter of God, even amidst the daily chaos of raising children. Each chapter is designed to debunk the lies and expectations that moms often face, replacing negative self-perceptions with the truths of a woman's true calling.

Wicker, a recovering perfectionist, helps you realize:

  • It is perfectly normal to feel like you're in over your head sometimes.
  • You can stop obsessing about what other people think and start focusing on loving yourself and your kids just as you are.
  • Your primary jobs are to let God love you and to love him back. Nurture your prayer life and make time to remember that you are first a daughter of God.
  • It's important to practice self-care no matter your stage in life.
  • Wicker openly shares how she unwittingly transferred her preoccupation with having the perfect body to being the perfect parent. By honestly sharing her mistakes and triumphs in the trenches of motherhood, Wicker reveals several common falsehoods mothers tell themselves in different seasons of their lives and how speaking the truth can liberate women to become better parents and the truest versions of themselves. Whether you're dealing with endless "why?" questions, unexpected potty emergencies, or even the unanticipated change of a new pregnancy, Getting Past Perfect will help you learn how to lean into God's abiding grace. By closing each chapter with a simple reflection question and prayer, this book provides the tools you need to embrace the messy realities of family life and to emerge from feeling overwhelmed to knowing that you are first and foremost a daughter of God.

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    9781594717161
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    2017-03-03
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    God's Wisdom: Toward a Theology of Education

    God's Wisdom: Toward a Theology of Education
    $22.95

    This book explores and affirms the religious dimension of education. Peter Hodgson argues that the passage of knowledge from teacher to student is in many ways analogous to God's method of imparting divine wisdom by leading the human spirit into its widest range of possibilities.

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    9780664257187
    Publication Date: 
    1999-05-01
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    Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry

    Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry
    $17.00
    Specifically designed to nurture the spiritual life of the youth leader, The Godbearing Life is a lively spiritual primer and practical guide for those who pastor young people.
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    9780835808583
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    1998-10-01
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    Godparent Book: Ideas and Activities for Godparents and Their Godchildren

    Godparent Book: Ideas and Activities for Godparents and Their Godchildren
    $11.95
    An abundance of ideas for things that godparents and godchildren can do together.
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    9781568540153
    Publication Date: 
    1994-02-01
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    Golden Rules: 10 Ethical Values Parents Need to Teach Their Children

    Golden Rules: 10 Ethical Values Parents Need to Teach Their Children
    $16.00
    Being a parent and instilling values has never been easy. But today, when violence and drugs have replaced noise and gum-chewing as the top problems cited by teachers, it's harder than ever. Dosick speaks directly to parents about the ethical values today's children need to learn and provides simple yet profound ways to convey them.
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    9780062512048
    Publication Date: 
    1995-04-01
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    Growing in the Life of Faith: Education and Christian Practices

    Growing in the Life of Faith: Education and Christian Practices
    $19.95
    Identifying a widespread hunger for guidance in people's quest today for a genuine encounter with God, Dykstra explores the contributions of the traditions, education, worship practices, and disciplines of the Reformed Christian community in helping people to grow in faith. He includes refreshing stories about the kind of Christian education that allows faith to come alive.
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    9780664500337
    Publication Date: 
    1999-06-01
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    Holy Clarity: The Practice of Planning and Evaluation

    Holy Clarity: The Practice of Planning and Evaluation
    $22.00
    In Holy Clarity, Sarah Drummond explores the most basic reason leaders of religious organizations conduct evaluations: To find and create God-pleasing clarity regarding the organization's purpose and the impact of its activities. Leadership and evaluation are not separate disciplines, she argues. Effective leaders evaluate because they need to know what is happening in their organizations and how those activities are effecting change. Drummond first describes the way in which our postmodern culture makes clarity difficult to obtain. She then looks at holy clarity from a biblical and theological perspective and make the case that it is a spiritual discipline that can stand on its own theological merits. She presents four approaches to evaluation that can help a leader to guide a community toward greater clarity, both when evaluating or analyzing programs and when planning and starting programs. Finally, she considers the work of clarification as a faith practice, one that can make a pastor or layperson not just a better leader, but a better Christian who is more firmly grounded in God. Each chapter concludes with a fictional case study that provides a jumping-off point for discussion and helps bring her theory to life. Holy Clarity provides an accessible resource as an entry point for those who are eager to learn the best practices of this crucial discipline.
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    9781566993876
    Publication Date: 
    2009-06-22
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    How Christian Faith Can Sustain the Life of the Mind

    How Christian Faith Can Sustain the Life of the Mind
    $18.00
    Can Christian faith sustain the life of the mind? This beautifully written essay by Richard Hughes counters the widespread perception of Christians as steeped in narrowness and dogmatism and provides a powerful argument that faith, properly pursued, in fact nourishes the openness and curiosity that make a life of the mind possible.
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    9780802849359
    Publication Date: 
    2001-11-05
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    How to Get the Most Out of Clinical Pastoral Education: A CPE Primer

    How to Get the Most Out of Clinical Pastoral Education: A CPE Primer
    $25.00

    This accessible primer sets out the core elements and methods of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and shows how to use it most effectively to improve clinicians' capacity for spiritual care.

    The guide explains how to learn best from verbatim sessions, open agenda groups and writing projects. It shows how the primary learning modalities of CPE add competence to a spiritual caregiver's practice, suggesting helpful ways to reflect on spiritual care encounters from varying perspectives. It recommends ways to collaborate with a peer group, enhance frameworks of understanding people, improve self-awareness and broaden one's scope of caring while also deepening it. Written by an experienced supervisor of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, this guide is an essential introduction for anyone seeking to foster positive attitudes and practice of spiritual care in hospitals, hospices and other clinical settings.

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    9781785927935
    Publication Date: 
    2018-05-01
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    I Can Learn from You: Boys as Relational Learners

    I Can Learn from You: Boys as Relational Learners
    $27.00
    In I Can Learn from You, Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley--the authors of Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys--set out to probe deeply into the relational dynamics that help boys succeed as learners.

    Drawing on interviews with students and teachers in thirty-five schools across six countries, they examine the particular ways boys extend and receive empathy--modes of interaction that remain consistent across a wide range of schools, teachers, countries, and cultures.

    The book shows how teachers can help boys form productive learning relationships and how schools can support the development of teachers' relational capacities. At the heart of the book is the belief that educators must--and can--put relational teaching at the center of school life.

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    9781612506647
    Publication Date: 
    2014-03-01
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    Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock Potential in Yourself and Your Organization

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    A recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don't change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully. Desire and motivation aren't enough: even when it's literally a matter of life or death, the ability to change remains maddeningly elusive.

    Given that the status quo is so potent, how can we change ourselves and our organizations?

    In Immunity to Change, authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey show how our individual beliefs--along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations--combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan and Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward. And by pinpointing and uprooting our own immunities to change, we can bring our organizations forward with us.

    This persuasive and practical book, filled with hands-on diagnostics and compelling case studies, delivers the tools you need to overcome the forces of inertia and transform your life and your work.

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    9781422117361
    Publication Date: 
    2009-01-13
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    In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church

    In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church
    $22.00

    A guide for pastors, church leaders, and all who help African Americans in their search for a meaningful Christian lifestyle.

    Forming Christians--leading fallen and flawed human beings into the path of discipleship to a crucified and risen Lord--is one of the central, if not the central, tasks of all Christian churches. It is a difficult enough task anywhere, but for African Americans, beset by racial conflict, personal crises, generational separation, and other concerns, it is especially so. African American churches must work particularly hard to counter the messages their members receive from the dominant and often unfriendly culture.

    This book employs the biblical text and African tradition to draw on the idea of the search for wisdom as a potent way to help African Americans in their pursuit of genuine Christian discipleship. Wisdom in African American tradition is not simply knowledge; rather, it is those insights, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices that create and sustain a life of hope and that produce an inherent sense of the worth of one's self. If their members are to engage in the search for wisdom, African American churches must build an intentional ministry of faith formation. Wisdom can be gained, the authors argue, when African Americans listen to the black oral tradition with its proverbial sayings, revered Bible stories, songs, and narratives from the lives of exemplary individuals. The book offers several similar avenues for the search for wisdom, including helpful models of black males mentoring younger black males, as a remedy to the destructive effects that contemporary culture has on this segment of the African American community.

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    9780687067008
    Publication Date: 
    2003-02-01
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    Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence

    Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence
    $30.00
    How colleges and universities can live up to their ideals of diversity, and why inclusivity and excellence go hand in hand.

    Most colleges and universities embrace the ideals of diversity and inclusion, but many fall short, especially in the hiring, retention, and advancement of faculty who would more fully represent our diverse world--in particular women and people of color. In this book, Abigail Stewart and Virginia Valian argue that diversity and excellence go hand in hand and provide guidance for achieving both.

    Stewart and Valian, themselves senior academics, support their argument with comprehensive data from a range of disciplines. They show why merit is often overlooked; they offer statistics and examples of individual experiences of exclusion, such as being left out of crucial meetings; and they outline institutional practices that keep exclusion invisible, including reliance on proxies for excellence, such as prestige, that disadvantage outstanding candidates who are not members of the white male majority.

    Perhaps most important, Stewart and Valian provide practical advice for overcoming obstacles to inclusion. This advice is based on their experiences at their own universities, their consultations with faculty and administrators at many other institutions, and data on institutional change. Stewart and Valian offer recommendations for changing structures and practices so that people become successful in ways that benefit everyone. They describe better ways of searching for job candidates; evaluating candidates for hiring, tenure, and promotion; helping faculty succeed; and broadening rewards and recognition.

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    9780262037846
    Publication Date: 
    2018-07-17
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    Interfaith Leadership: A Primer

    Interfaith Leadership: A Primer
    $18.00
    A guide for students, groups, and organizations seeking to foster interfaith dialogue and promote understanding across religious lines

    In this book, renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel offers a clear, detailed, and practical guide to interfaith leadership, illustrated with compelling examples. Patel explains what interfaith leadership is and explores the core competencies and skills of interfaith leadership, before turning to the issues interfaith leaders face and how they can prepare to solve them. Interfaith leaders seek points of connection and commonality--in their neighborhoods, schools, college campuses, companies, organizations, hospitals, and other spaces where people of different faiths interact with one another. While it can be challenging to navigate the differences and disagreements that can arise from these interactions, skilled interfaith leaders are vital if we are to have a strong, religiously diverse democracy. This primer presents readers with the philosophical underpinnings of interfaith theory and outlines the skills necessary to practice interfaith leadership today.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780807033623
    Publication Date: 
    2016-07-05
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