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Worshippers in Black congregations see a role for the church in fighting racial injustice according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

The survey, released this month, showed a great belief that Black churches have contributed to helping create more equality in society, with more than 75 percent of Black adults saying so. The survey also found that 43 percent of Black Americans believe it is essential for churches and houses of worship to offer “a sense of racial affirmation or pride.”

The role of the Black Church is also clear as 60 percent of Black adults reported attending services at a Black Church.

The survey can be found here.

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Called to the Chair: Board Leadership for Unsettled Times


Dr. Rebekah Basinger addresses the opportunities and challenges that come with chairing the board of a theological school, which include how to design effective board meetings, enhance board member engagement, and develop the board for long-term effectiveness, while giving attention to the board chair and president partnership and the critical importance of call in both roles.

Stakeholder Management Planning


Every organization should be prepared with a plan that establishes specific communication goals for key stakeholders in order to ensure the success of its programs, initiatives, or ongoing communication strategy. In this webinar, Josh Peskin, Ph.D., an expert in organizational communications, will walk through the elements of developing a stakeholder management plan to help you engage with your audiences in a more effective way. Click to view.

Conflict + Crisis: Navigating the Shoals Part 1


Presenter Donna Alexander, President & CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies, offers best practices for navigating conflict and crisis. She examines the crucial elements of defining conflict and crisis, identifying, and prioritizing affected stakeholders, utilizing effective communication strategies, and ultimately, executing a plan of action.

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