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Five Helpful New Books on the Future of the Church!

Many churches are struggling to rebound after the COVID pandemic …

However, many of our deepest challenges as churches have their roots long before the pandemic began in 2020. These five new books help us understand these challenges and to embody a different kind of faithfulness in our local congregations. 


Liberating Church: A Twenty-First Century Hush Harbor Manifesto

Brandon Wrencher and Venneikia Samantha Williams, Editors

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2022.
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While the North American church grapples with an eroding position of privilege in society, there is a liberating vision of church from the margins. This manifesto defines eight marks of liberating churches that were identified through research of antebellum hush harbors. Hush harbors were the covert gatherings of enslaved Africans to worship and organize for change free from the surveillance of plantation Christianity. Liberating Church explores how the marks of antebellum hush harbors are being lived out now in several faith communities. This book offers a guide for anyone who wants to embrace innovative models for building spaces of faith and activism with structural critique and spiritual power.

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