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In the fall of 2014, during the racial and cultural events in Ferguson, MO, Aaron Layton desperately wanted to know what was going on in the minds of his white colleagues, friends, and fellow church members. So, he did what comes naturally to him, but might seem unnatural to many. A trusted white friend responded: Here is the deal: we don’t understand it; we don’t know what to say; and we don’t know what to do.
That response propelled Aaron to action to deepen the understanding of his white friends, with the hope that greater understanding would result in a greater unity believers possess in Christ. The lessons he learned are the foundation of this book a letter to the white Christians he dearly loves, as well as those he hopes to one day meet.
Dear White Christian is designed for any white Christian who seeks practical tools for beginning or continuing conversations with black brothers and sisters in Christ. As you read this book, lean into that which makes you uncomfortable. Allow this letter to give you insight and challenge you for the glory of God.
About the Author
Years ago, Aaron Layton recognized that many churches and Christian organizations needed diversity education and training. After working for several years as a Director of Diversity at a Christian school, Aaron founded Relate2Color, a Christian diversity consulting agency based in St. Louis. Aaron has been happily married to his wife, Gretchen, for 22 years and has two teenage children. Along with his love for college football, he loves coffee, a good book, and good conversation.
"Dear White Christian provides a black leader’s perspective ... to help break down the walls that inhibit real conversations and understanding to take place."
James Marsh, Director, Van Lunen Center at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
“This book will help you embrace the challenge to recognize the season we are in and steward it well.”
Thurman L. Williams, Associate Pastor, Grace and Peace Fellowship Church, St. Louis, MO.