The Anglican Multi-ethnic Network exists to help Anglicans in North America better reflect the diversity of the body of Christ in local churches so that our churches’ ethnic make-up manifests the universal saving power of the gospel and its ability to unite all people under the lordship of Christ. Part of that work involves dealing with the historic causes of alienation between different ethnic groups and seeking godly reconciliation. To that end, we are offering to the province a series of resources entitled: AMEN Reads. These resources can be used in sermons, small groups, and Sunday school classes to help churches think through issues of racial reconciliation and social justice from a biblical perspective.
The book we have chosen for our first edition of AMEN Reads is entitled Gracism by Dr. David A. Anderson. We are encouraging churches, small groups, and individuals to read this book during the season of Epiphany which begins Jan 6th, 2018. We choose Epiphany because this feast celebrates God’s desire for his son to be revealed to “the peoples of the earth.” More information about the book can be found here. We hope that a significant number of churches, small groups, and individuals in the Province will take advantage of this opportunity to think and pray together about God’s desire to reconcile all peoples to himself.
How can you get involved:
- If you are a Rector or Vicar, use this book as the basis for a sermon series during Epiphany
- If you lead a small group or oversee a small group ministry, recommend the use of Gracism during Epiphany.
- If your church doesn’t have a small group consider hosting a church-wide evening discussion group for the season of Epiphany on the book
- Consider partnering with other churches in the area to host the group.
- Participate in the Facebook live discussion groups around the various chapters of the book (details upcoming)
- Use the AMEN Reads logo and FB, Social Media, and your church website to spread the word!
Rectors, sign your church up to be a part of the 50
We are hoping to get at least 50 churches participating in this initiative. So we are asking that pastors of churches sign up below and agree to invite at least two other pastors to participate in this program.
Prayer for the Second Sunday of Epiphany:
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.
For Small Groups: Gracism Outline
For more information about AMEN: