Recommended Reading

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Coming Spring 2017 - All Our Children: The Church's Call to Address Education Inequity

Edited by Lallie B. Lloyd, Foreword by Gay Clark Jennings

All Our Children offers a variety of stories witnessing to the power of real partnerships between faith communities and public schools that create, nurture, and grow relationships, while transforming lives and communities, churches and schools, for healing, liberating action, and resurrection. The book highlights ways that judicatories and congregations are already providing direct service (after-school programs, tutoring, food backpacks), participating in community coalitions of care (with non-profit, higher education, and public service programs and staff), and joining state and regional advocacy campaigns for improved funding, policy, and accountability.

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Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can – and Should – Do to Improve Public Education of Low-Income Kid

Education expert Nicole Baker Fulgham explores what Christians can–and should–do to champion urgently needed reform and help improve our public schools.

“A compelling call to a new generation of Christians to fight poverty and injustice through committing themselves to education. Nicole Baker Fulgham is a leader who gives me hope for the future of the church and for educational equality in America. Her passion and dedication to her faith and to tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time is clear on every page. Anyone looking for a practical and faithful means of changing the world should read this book at once.”
Jim Wallis, president, Sojourners; author of The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided

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People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity

Dwight J. Zscheile

There is a renewed conversation about identity and mission in American Anglicanism today, based on the recognition that the church s context in the U.S. has dramatically changed. The legacies of establishment, benefactor approaches to mission, and the national church ideal are no longer adequate for the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century church. But if the Episcopal Church is no longer the Church of the Establishment and the benefactor model of church is dead, what is the heart of Episcopal mission and identity? Scholar and Episcopal priest Dwight Zscheile draws on multiple streams of Anglican thought and practice, plus contemporary experience to craft a vision for mission that addresses the church s post-establishment, post-colonial context. With stories, practices and concrete illustrations, Zscheile engages readers in re-envisioning what it means to be Anglican in America today and sends readers out to build new relationships within their local contexts.

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Education of a White Parent Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools

Susan Naimark

Susan Naimark has written a simply wonderful book about her journey to racial awareness and parent activism.

It’s often said that in school we need to treat all children as if they were our own. Susan Naimark takes this command seriously. Her extraordinary memoir chronicles a life of commitment to racial equality and social justice. Anyone concerned with schools and equality will be challenged but also inspired by the stories in The Education of a White Parent.

Bill Bigelow, Editor, Rethinking Schools

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Brown in Baltimore

Howell S. Baum

In the first book to present the history of Baltimore school desegregation, Howell S. Baum shows how good intentions got stuck on what Gunnar Myrdal called the “American Dilemma.” Immediately after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, the city’s liberal school board voted to desegregate and adopted a free choice policy that made integration voluntary.

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Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City

Antero Pietila

Baltimore is the setting for (and typifies) one of the most penetrating examinations of bigotry and residential segregation ever published in the United States. Antero Pietila shows how continued discrimination practices toward African Americans and Jews have shaped the cities in which we now live. Eugenics, racial thinking, and white supremacist attitudes influenced even the federal government’s actions toward housing in the 20th century, dooming American cities to ghettoization. This all-American tale is told through the prism of Baltimore, from its early suburbanization in the 1880s to the consequences of “white flight” after World War II, and into the first decade of the twenty-first century. The events are real, and so are the heroes and villains. Mr. Pietila’s engrossing story is an eye-opening journey into city blocks and neighborhoods, shady practices, and ruthless promoters.


With its sensitive subject, this groundbreaking book is a monumental effort…..Pietila hooks readers with anecdotes and arresting details.

– Diane Scharper, Baltimore Sun

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A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform

Mark R. Warren & Karen L. Mapp

The persistent failure of public schooling in low-income communities constitutes one of our nation’s most pressing civil rights and social justice issues. Many school reformers recognize that poverty, racism, and a lack of power held by these communities undermine children’s education and development, but few know what to do about it.

“For too long we have been waiting for Presidents, Governors and other self-declared superheroes to save our schools while overlooking the power and potential of local communities. This detailed study on community organizing for educational change in school districts and communities throughout the United States serves as a poignant lesson to those who are genuinely concerned about promoting educational change and a powerful reminder of what is possible when those with the most at stake take action to compel schools to improve.” Pedro A. Noguera, Professor of Education, New York University

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Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World

Alexis Salvatierra & Peter Heitzel

Alexia Salvatierra has developed a model of social action that is rooted in the values and convictions born of faith. Together with theologian Peter Heltzel, this model of “faith-rooted organizing” offers a path to meaningful social change that takes seriously the command to love God and to love our neighbor as ourself.

“This isn’t a book about food pantries, soup kitchens and clothing drives. Rather, the authors show how the call of the prophets is still among us and how the teachings of Jesus can impact the whole of society. . . . [H]elps us see the power of hospitality and the need for congregations to work in their communities toward hope, wholeness and justice.” Todd Outcalt, YouthWorker Journal

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Learning Power: Organizing for Education and Justice

Jennie Oakes & John Rogers

In cities across the nation, low-income African American and Latino parents hope that their children’s education will bring a better life. But their schools, typically, are overcrowded, ill equipped, and shamefully under-staffed. Unless things change dramatically, more than half the students will never graduate and many will face a life of poverty-wage work.