Forging Partnerships to Change the World

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Published August 2021

A movement, led by people of faith, to redeem the educational soul of America.


Pastors, other leaders, and people in every community yearn to bring change. To in?uence people and systems for good. To work for morally rooted social change.

What is the best way to do this work? Together.

Collaborative efforts between churches, schools, and other organizations are critically important for our future. Lia McIntosh makes the case for this claim and instructs leaders who are ready to start, as she lays out a principle-based framework built on the seven virtues (or principles) of Kwanzaa.
Each chapter includes a summary of key points, plus a list of questions and suggestions for discussion, further inquiry, or action. The book closes with a full list of practical suggestions and instructions for putting the principles into action immediately. It is designed for leaders and teams to read and work through together, resulting in plans and action.
The book is also ?lled with stories revealing the depth of need and the extraordinary results of positive change. It is inspiring, motivating, and instructive.

Church/School/Community promises to help us move forward:
- A historical review of the intersections of Faith and education, reminding us how the church has always been on the forefront of education.
- An explanation of the Opportunity we have to change a student’s life, especially before the 3rd grade.
- A challenge to Rethink the church’s role in education, moving from mercy to justice to advocacy.
- Exploring the question, What can we do? And learning the practices that are essential for this work.
- A challenge for faith communities to practice Advocacy, placing students at the center, and reviving the church.
- A warning for us to Resist the urge to turn inward, reminding us that life is found by giving ourselves away.
- Renewing our commitment as Americans to Democracy. Modeling it for students so they understand the power of their voices, their capacity to develop skills, and their responsibility to shape the future.

About the Author

Lia McIntosh

Lia McIntosh is an ICF certified executive coach, consultant, trainer, speaker, and community advocate. She empowers leaders and organizations to build sustainable relationships and grow their impact in the neighborhoods and marketplaces they serve.
Program Officer for Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO