When We Belong: Reclaiming Christianity on the Margins

When We Belong: Reclaiming Christianity on the Margins

When We Belong: Reclaiming Christianity on the Margins

When We Belong: Reclaiming Christianity on the Margins


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Step into a journey toward liberation, belonging, and a faith that makes you whole again.

We need belonging to survive and thrive, but too often the church is an impediment. For Christians who know the pain, isolation, and loss of identity that comes with the ongoing struggle to be seen in churches and institutions full of barriers to belonging, you are not alone. Sometimes it can feel easier to walk away from faith completely. But there is another way. When it feels as though there’s no place left to belong, Jesus invites us into a love that knows no bounds and a community that truly liberates.

In this hope-filled book, author Rohadi Nagassar brings the margins to the center to help readers rediscover a reality of love, belonging, and beauty through the journey of deconstructing, decolonizing, and reclaiming faith. For those on the margins struggling to find belonging, for everyone who wants to join in building radically inclusive communities where all people can live fully in their own skin—now begins a journey to find this freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781513810355
Publisher: APG Sales & Distribution
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 710,056
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Rohadi Nagassar is a writer, entrepreneur, non-profit developer, and pastor. He lives on Treaty 7 Land in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He currently writes in the areas of anti-racist discipleship, diversity and inclusion, deconstruction, and decolonizing the church. He has previously contributed in the areas of church planting, missional thinking, and church revitalization. He is both a practitioner and thought leader, having planted two churches including an inner-city multiethnic expression called Cypher Church. You can find his articles on mission and decolonizing the church at Sojourners, V3, New Leaf Network, Mosaic Ministries, and more. His previous books include Soul Coats: Bible Themed Adult ColoringThrive. Ideas to Lead the Church in Post-Christendom, and #changethestory: A Short Resource on Dismantling Racism in the Church. Visit him at rohadi.com for more, including his podcast, "Faith in a Fresh Vibe.”

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Prologue 17

Part I On Belonging

1 The Search for Belonging 23

2 Grasping True Belonging 31

3 The Problems with Belonging 43

Part II Deconstruction

4 The Woke Island 61

5 Naming the Powers 77

6 Discard the Church? 97

Part III Reclamation

7 Jesus for the Margins 115

8 The Yawning Awning 133

9 Know Thyself 153

Part IV Beautiful Tales

10 Newness 173

11 Free 189

Acknowledgments 201

Notes 203

Selected Bibliography 211

The Author 215

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