The Beautiful Community

One rhythm of life that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly altered in 2020 was weddings. Virtual weddings officiated online and socially distanced wedding with only a handful of your closest friends in attendance were the norm for a year. It is not likely that many 2020 newlyweds would say that their wedding was just as they … Continue reading The Beautiful Community

Welcoming the Wave

When an organization considers the term “diversity,” differing dogmas come to mind. One could think of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, etc. At the end of the day, we live in an enormously diverse world. While the idea of diversity is not a new concept, many organizations and nonprofits continue to contemplate the value of … Continue reading Welcoming the Wave

Empowered to Lead

Christian Leadership Alliance President and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin, Senior Vice President of Ministry Impact for American Bible Society (ABS) on how we can empower others to lead with excellence. They explored this edition’s “Diversity” theme as well. Dr. Martin joined ABS in 2016 as a City Mobilizer in Charlotte, … Continue reading Empowered to Lead

Reflecting God’s Kingdom

Over the last two years, the United States has experienced a heightened level of pain, violence, public protest, division, and even fear about racial issues and injustices. This has brought significant focus on the diversity and inclusion work in organizations with employees having new expectations of their employers to make right, speak out, and create … Continue reading Reflecting God’s Kingdom

Moving Beyond Diversity

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its first update on the population growth and racial make-up of Americans from its 2020 survey. Not unexpectedly, the data reveal a substantial increase in racial diversity over the course of a decade. For the first time in history, the white population in America declined in absolute numbers as … Continue reading Moving Beyond Diversity

Toward Reconciliation

If I’ve heard this once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “Alvin, I don’t see a black man; I just see a man.” Though my colleagues mean well when they tell me this, I always inform them that this comment is not warm and hospitable to me! The desire to live in a color blind … Continue reading Toward Reconciliation

Ambassadors of Hope

Join me on a walk around a Christian school campus. Better yet, conduct a student assembly or a faculty meeting and give each attendee a 3×5 card. Ask them to define diversity, inclusion, justice, equality, equity, woke, critical race theory, white privilege, racial-based reconciliation, systemic racism, or any other lightning-rod issue related to racial-based dissension. … Continue reading Ambassadors of Hope