Kingdom Leadership


Theology and Race – Part 1


Theology and Race – Part 2


Church Leadership


We are grieving the unjust loss of life in recent days. We have witnessed the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. These senseless deaths show the racism that continues to plague our nation. As we process these events together, we have recorded and released a series of community conversations to help us listen and learn as people of the Kingdom.

This four-part community conversation discusses:

  • Kingdom Leadership (originally released June 8 at 11 a.m.)
  • Theology and Race Part 1 (originally released June 10 at 11 a.m.)
  • Theology and Race Part 2 (originally released June 12 at 11 a.m.)
  • Church Leadership (originally released June 15 at 11 a.m.)

Please join us as we listen to Rev. Donna Covington, Vice President of Formation, lead a series of conversations with Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, the faculty, and Board of Trustee members, about these important topics. Let’s listen and learn.

Book Recommendations


Title Author
Jesus and the Disinherited Howard Thurman
Canaan Land Albert J. Raboteau
Joy Unspeakable Barbary Holmes
Christianity and Social Justice Charlie Dates
The Christian Imagination Willie James Jennings
A Many Colored Kingdom: Multicultural dynamics for spiritual formation Elizabeth Conde-Frazier
Beneath the Lode of the Cross Rick Gray
Black Like Me John Howard Griffen
Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal Andrew Hacker
Prophecy Deliverance: An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity Cornel West
Reconciliation: Mission & Ministry in a Changing Social Order Robert Schreiter
Divided by Faith Michael O. Emerson & Christian Smith
The Cross and the Lynching Tree James Cone
White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism Robin DiAngelo
Various Works of Poetry Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Second Founding Eric Foner
The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson
Live the Questions Jeffrey F. Keuss
Re-Discipling the White Church David Swanson
Strangers at Home Carolyn D. Smith
Stamped from the Beginning Ibram X. Kendi
A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America Ronald Takaki
Be the Bridge Latasha Morrison

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Poetry: For One Who Holds Power

May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation,

Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.

As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings,

May your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills.

When the way is flat and dull in times of gray endurance,

May your imagination continue to evoke horizons.

When thirst burns in times of drought,

May you be blessed to find the wells.

May you have the wisdom to read time clearly

And know when the seed of change will flourish.

In your heart may there be a sanctuary

For the stillness where clarity is born.

May your work be infused with passion and creativity

And have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge.

May your soul find the graciousness

To rise above the fester of small mediocrities.

May your power never become a shell

Wherein your heart would silently atrophy.

May you welcome your own vulnerability

As the ground where healing and truth join.

May integrity of soul be your first ideal,

The source that will guide and bless your work.

A Primer for Prayers of Justice (Downloadable Link)