On the Lived Theology Reading List: Growing Pains

Growing Pains: How Racial Struggles Changed a Church and a School, by Christopher H. MeehanHow Racial Struggles Changed a Church and School

In Growing Pains, author Christopher Meehan tells the painful story of integrating Timothy Christian School in suburban Chicago during the turbulent 1960s and the subsequent creation of Chicago West Side Christian School, a “beacon of reconciliation.”

Reviews and endorsements of the publication include:

“If we are to ever build Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of the ‘beloved community,’ people interested in reconciliation must be willing to truthfully confront past epochs of racial injustice. Growing Pains represents a compelling step in that direction.” —Mark Mulder, author of Shades of White Flight: Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure

“Chris Meehan has done the dirty work of getting us into the heated church meetings, introducing unsung heroes and she-roes, and beautifully writing the Timothy-Lawndale story with grace and tact. Your crash course on urban race relations in the Christian Reformed Church begins with this book.” —Reggie Smith, director of Christian Reformed Office of Race Relations

“Issues of race always test the church’s commitment to the gospel. Often the result is marred by sin that continues to persist, with progress measured shamefully over far too many years. Meehan tells this story in a forthright, engaging manner, including the faithful efforts of parents of black children and the pastors and teachers who were their prophetic allies. The facts and the drama are real; this painful story is told with clarity, empathy, and truth.” —Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary emeritus of Reformed Church in America

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