A Summer Reading List for Leaders

A Summer Reading List for Leaders

Hello folks,

I am already into my summer reading. Mostly, I’m reading and doing research for my next book. The manuscript is due to the publisher in the fall.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection and introspection about what it means and what it looks like for me to lead as an African American Christian woman. God is affirming my commitment and confidence in his call to leadership, and he is also inviting me to speak into leadership conversations, as I continue to celebrate other women that are doing this work–women that we all need to know.

In light of a recent Christianity Today conversation, I have shared a syllabus of women authors that will benefit the whole church, both men and women.

You can find my contributions to the conversations and my book recommendations at Missio Alliance.

What are you reading this summer.

Blessings, Natasha

Do We Want Racial #Justice or Colorblindness?

That’s the question writer, speaker, and Multicultural Ministry Specialist, Austin Channing Brown, is asking us to ponder.

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Austin Channing Brown photoIn 1963, Civil Rights leaders organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. During the march there were a number of speakers and musicians, but one voice still rings in the ears of America. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged America to keep its promise of freedom and justice for all.

Though this speech is 50 years old, for many its message remains relevant today. One line of his 16-minute speech, is often repeated to defend an increasingly popular position of colorblindness: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

When King spoke these words, I’d like to suggest that he was not making a case for colorblindness, but rather for being color-conscious. To be colorblind is to miss a great opportunity to continue his legacy of standing for racial justice.

Continue reading at Christianity Today Today’s Christian Woman.

Austin is passionate about leading efforts that move the church toward racial reconciliation and socioeconomic understanding. She is the Multicultural Ministry Specialist at Willow Creek Community Church’s Chicago campus. She also loves writing. You can find her blog at austinchanning.com and on Twitter @austinchanning. Austin and her husband live in Chicago with their puppy, Mowgli.