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Wait - Is This Racist?

A Guide to Becoming an Anti-racist Church

Kerry Connelly
Bryana Clover
Josh Riddick
  • 3/1/2022
  • 0664267505
  • 978-0-664-26750-6
  • Paperback
  • 7-10 days processing

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  • Paperback
  • 180
  • 6 x 9
  • 8.00 oz

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Wait—Is This Racist? is an incredibly powerful tool and a work of collaborative art. The teaching, suggested practices, and deep wisdom in these pages are tailor-made for all churches that want to be a part of this work of anti-racism—this work that is so vital to the good news that the incarnate Jesus brings to us today. As a pastor committed to leading an anti-racist church, I am eager to begin using this resource in my own community. I can’t recommend it any more highly to fellow church leaders and clergy.”

-Amanda Rigby, Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Youth, The Peak Church, Apex, North Carolina

“The progressive church preaches and performs anti-racism. However, it’s incredibly rare to find the church that invests in being anti-racist and divesting their privilege. Wait—Is This Racist? is a powerful, uncomfortable, and necessary challenge to dismantle the systems of whiteness in our churches. It’s the perfect guide for those who are ready to get serious about embodying an anti-racist gospel.”

-Jonathan Williams, author of She’s My Dad: A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption, and founder of Forefront Brooklyn

“The white Christian church in America has blood on her hands for conflating white supremacy with the church—a violent truth many churches aren’t willing to face and one that didn’t happen only in the past but that continues today. Wait—Is this Racist? is a necessary stop in any white congregation’s road in the soul work of anti-racism.”

-Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft, executive minister, Middle Collegiate Church, New York City, and founder of Raising Imagination

“Whether you are contemplating or are already in the process of making systemic changes toward racial equity in your church, this book is for you. Transparent, engaging, and at times disruptive, Wait—Is This Racist? is a practical guide that helps you and your leadership team ask all the right questions about every aspect of your church, moving you beyond performative allyship to genuine transformation.”

-Sari Ateek, rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, Chevy Chase, Maryland

“Wow. Read this book right now and tell everyone involved in church to read this book. Then use it as the thorough-yet-concise, accessible, practical handbook that it is to help your church not only do anti-racism work but become anti-racist. The book is a perfect combination of theory and practice, and it manages to do in one volume what previously has required using multiple resources and piecing something together to move forward. There’s nothing else out there quite like it. This book has the power to change us for good.”

-Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology

Wait—Is This Racist? is a practical guide to the work that so many white Christians feel paralyzed by in our churches: how to examine the lingering presence of white supremacy culture in our ministry practices and where to turn for tangible ways of untangling ourselves from it. The authors draw on a wealth of experience to help churches prepare for and navigate the journey toward freedom from the lie of whiteness, and their wisdom is essential guidance for those of us who are looking for a way forward.”

-Chris Furr, author of Straight White Male: A Faith-Based Guide to Deconstructing Your Privilege and Living with Integrity

“In Wait—Is This Racist? you have before you a guidebook, a survival guide, a deconstruction chisel, and a faithful interpretation of the reign of God that is at hand. This book made me think critically about my own blind spots while also acknowledging the potential areas of growth that could happen in my personal and professional life. The book masterfully offers a clarion call to embrace a God who unites rather than the idol of white supremacy that divides. You would be wise to sit with this book—it will change you.”

-Robert W. Lee, pastor and author of A Sin by Any Other Name: Reckoning with Racism and the Heritage of the South


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