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Holding Up Your Corner: Talking about Race in Your Community

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Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community, equips pastors to respond with confidence when crises occur, lower their own inhibitions about addressing this topic, and reclaim their authority as prophetic witnesses and leaders in order to transform their communities



Pastors and other church leaders see, to varying degrees, racially rooted injustice in their
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Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Abingdon Press
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Leah
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
for intelligent, empathetic activism

Pastor F. Willis Johnson currently leads Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, MIssouri, and serves as Vosburgh Visiting Professor of Ministry and Social Engagement at Drew Theological School. You also can find as a standalone website.

"Every issue is not our fault, but every issue of injustice, indifference, and oppression is our fight." Is Holding Up Your [Our] Corner mostly about inspiration, about practice, about God in the Spirit creating justice
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James Klagge
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. On the good side, we used this for an adult Sunday School class in a small black church. It did provoke good discussion. The author is an interesting person with important experiences. But he is a preacher and an activist, not an author. The book was much longer than a sermon, and so it had to be stretched out. The book also needed an editor. There were good ideas, but they amounted to about a sermon.
Brian White
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a solid exploration of a pastor’s journey in responding to racial inequity in America. The author draws upon his experiences as a pastor in Ferguson at the time of Michael Brown’s death and gives practical guidance on how to make a difference in our world. I look forward to working through this book with a group.
Laura
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I was the wrong audience for this book. Because of the church I attend and the deep discussions we've had around this issue over the past 13 years that I've been in attendance, I found myself wanting a little more depth (particularly theologically). I have reflected back on his discussion of lament (and the lack thereof in white Christianity) several times though and have been thinking how I can make space for lament in my own life and in the lives of those I worship with. I do have some ...more
Dawn
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a good book to read alone or part of a book study. My church is looking at doing a study with it soon.
Nicki Reinhardt
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great resource for religious leaders who want to address racial inequity in their congregations in order to empower congregations to engage in just action in their daily lives within their own community.
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F. Willis Johnson currently leads Wellspring Church in Ferguson, MO, as senior minister, where thousands have been influenced by his prophetic, faith-filled reflections and strategies on social justice and racial understanding. He counsels bishops, general board agencies, conferences and local churches across the country. He has created the offshoot Center for Social Empowerment organization as a ...more

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