Current Issues, October 3, 2017

     by Jennie Wintermote, Director, Conference Resource Library

So many headlines with heartbreaking news of disasters (human-created and natural); a society divided between races, classes, and more; new immigration quotas and more.  How do we engage these issues faithful?  How do we respond?

The Resource Library has a variety of books and study materials to help explore these issues and more! We mail books to congregations and individuals in all parts of WDC so everyone can access all we have to offer!

Some of the newest titles for adults include:

  • Across that bridge : A vision for change and the future of America by John Lewis with Brenda Jones

In Across That Bridge, Congressman Lewis draws from his experience as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement to offer timeless guidance to anyone seeking to live virtuously and transform the world. His wisdom, poignant recollections, and powerful ideas will inspire a new generation to usher in a freer, more peaceful society.

  • Do all lives matter? by Wayne Gordon and John M. Perkins

Something is wrong in our society. Deeply wrong. This book delves into history and current events, into Christian teaching and personal stories, in order to start a conversation about the way forward. Its raw but hopeful words will help move us from apathy to empathy and from empathy to action.  We cannot do everything. But we can each do something.

  • Embrace : God’s radical shalom for a divided world by Leroy Barber

We have the opportunity as the people of God to bring true peace and unity to a world that desperately needs it. Embrace the challenge to show a divided world the bridge-building power of God’s love.

  • Just immigration : American policy in Christian perspective by Mark R. Amstutz.

Mark Amstutz offers a succinct overview and assessment of current immigration policy and argues for an approach to the complex immigration debate that is solidly grounded in Christian political thought.

  • My (underground) American dream : my true story as an undocumented immigrant who became a Wall Street executive by Julissa Arce

From the time she was brought to this country by her hardworking parents as a child, Arce-the scholarship winner, the honors college graduate, the young woman who climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs-had secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant. In this surprising, at times heart-wrenching, but always inspirational personal story of struggle, grief, and ultimate redemption, Arce takes readers deep into the little-understood world of a generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today- people who live next door, sit in your classrooms, work in the same office, and may very well be your boss.

Contact the library for more information on these or other resources include quality children’s books on these issues and more.  crlib@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300

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