The Art of Inclusion
by David A. Anderson
Gracism is the book chosen to accompany the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa theme for July 2017
"The Parts that We think are Less Honorable
We Treat with Special Honor."
1 Corinthians 12:23
When people deal with color, class or culture in a negative way, that's racism. But we can't ignore these as if they don't matter. Instead, we can look at color, class and culture in a positive way. That's gracism.
Pastor David Anderson responds to prejudice and injustice with the principle of gracism: radical inclusion for the marginalized and excluded. A Christian alternative to secular models of affirmative action or colorblindness, gracism is an opportunity to extend God's grace to people of all backgrounds.
"Dr. David Anderson has given us both a great new word and a fresh way to approach our racial and Cultural divisions in the church—and in life."
—Edward Gilbreath, author of Reconciliation Blues
"A tough-minded book and clear-sighted look at what it means for Christians to 'overcome evil with good.'"
—Leonard Sweet, author of So Beautiful
"A profound concept that has the potential to revolutionize how we confront racism to create a society with liberty and justice for all."
—Brenda Salter McNeil, coauthor of The Heart of Racial Justice
"Anderson's framework is innovative, and the discussion questions included after each chapter will usefully guide the conversations that this provocative manifesto is sure to inspire."
David A. Anderson is the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, one of the nations's leading multicultural churches, located in Columbia, Maryland. His previous books include Letters Across the Divide and Multicultural Ministry.