This May/June, you are invited to join discussions of Becoming Like Creoles, written by lead author Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung along with several contributing authors. Here is a brief synopsis of the book: “Using biblical exposition in conversation with present day Creole metaphors and cultural research, Becoming Like Creoles seeks to awaken and prepare followers of Jesus to live and minister in a world where injustice is real and cultural diversity is rapidly increasing. This book will equip ministry readers to embrace a Creole process, becoming culturally competent and social justice focused, whether they are emerging from a history of injustice or they are heirs of privilege.”

We will have Tuesday evening discussion groups on Zoom from 5:30-6:30pm on May 10th and 24th (led by Pastor Ryan). Then, on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30-11:00am, we will  gather at Fairmount for a discussion led by the author, Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung. We’ll provide coffee and breakfast snacks. Do you need a copy of the book? There are still copies of the book available at the church (in Andersen Hall). You can also purchase your own paperback or Kindle copy online if you prefer. To join the discussion groups, please register by clicking the button below to fill out the form.  

Curtiss Paul DeYoung is the CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches. DeYoung previously served as the Executive Director of the historic faith-based racial justice organization Community Renewal Society in Chicago with its unique programmatic combination of church-based community organizing, policy advocacy, and investigative journalism.

Dr. DeYoung was the inaugural Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Rev. DeYoung served on staff at congregations in Minneapolis, New York City, and Washington, DC. He is an ordained minister in the Church of God (Anderson, IN). He consults and speaks nationally and internationally with extensive relationships among activists and peacemakers across the United States and in South Africa and the Holy Land.

DeYoung earned a Doctor of Education from the University of St. Thomas (MN) and a Master of Divinity from Howard University School of Theology (Washington, DC). 

He is an author and editor of twelve books on racial justice, reconciliation, social justice activism, and cultural competency. With South African anti-apartheid activist Allan Boesak, he co-authored Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism (Orbis). He was on the editorial team for The Peoples’ Bible (Fortress). His most recent co-authored book is Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture, and Religion (Fortress).