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January/February 2021


5 Ideas to Help Your Church Work toward Racial Justice and God's Shalom

by Amy Schenkel


There are many divisive issues that we would love to forget as 2020 fades into history.  But there is one issue that made headlines this past year that should not be silenced in our churches and our communities: the pursuit of racial justice. 

Without racial justice, we cannot have shalom, and unless we seek shalom, we will not be joining in God’s mission of proclaiming the Good News in our neighborhoods and around the world.

As someone who grew up in a homogenous neighborhood, school, and church, I am still on a learning journey about the impact of race on my neighbors and community.  I am learning from you, as I have a front-row seat to see how churches and classes in our region invest in this collective conversation.   Which of these ideas inspires you to keep listening and learning so that together we can join in God’s mission?
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The West Michigan Friendship Center volunteers with Church of the Servant's food truck, to help serve some of the center's Muslim friends.

Loving our Muslim Neighbors

By John Mondi

How can you and your church learn to love your Muslim neighbors? Resonate’s Great Lakes Team has a partnership with the West Michigan Friendship Center.  This partnership makes it possible for local CRC congregations to partner with the organization so they can put Christ's love into action.

The West Michigan Friendship Center welcomes people from Muslim areas and creates community together through friendship and God’s love. Laura Cronin, the Director of the center, shared: “We have developed friendships with Muslim immigrants or refugees from many nations, including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Eritrea, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.  Some speak no English, while others are professors at local universities. The West Michigan Friendship Center has become a safe space and environment for our friends and neighbors from the Muslim communities. 

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Resource Spotlight

Recently Resonate Global Mission and Volunteers in Service invited Jason Caston to discuss: Learning the New Way of Conversations about Race.

Jason Caston has been a staunch advocate and speaker on civil and social rights within the faith-based community.  He has spoken on numerous occasions on social justice issues and continues to advocate for people of color and marginalized communities. 

Resonate Partners with these Upcoming Events 

Forming New Worshiping Communities: Church Planting in the 21st Century

Wednesday, January 13 at 3:00 PM

The Calvin Worship Symposium is online this year and offering free registration!

Log in to watch Forming New Worship Communities: Church Planting in the 21st Century
(with Kevin Adams, Denise Kingdom Grier, Glen McCarthy, Jul Medenblik, and Amy Schenkel)

Register for free

Inspire 2021 will take place August 5-7, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois

Save the date! Inspire 2021 will be an exciting three days featuring energizing learning experiences, dynamic worship, and meaningful opportunities to connect with people from around the world who serve their local congregations just like you.

Inspired to Be One, this year's theme encourages us, in our diversity, to come together in Christian unity. Whether you’re a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, deacon, praise band member, or just someone who wants to learn, Inspire will have something for everyone involved in a local congregation. Please plan to join us!

Registration: will open in January 2021

COVID Update: Inspire 2021 is currently being planned as a live, in-person event. With uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, this event may change to an online, virtual conference with all the same great content. Please check back for further updates as they become available.

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