Bridge Builders

Below are some resources curated for you by Pastor Gio Sanchez and Lisa Kraft that are beneficial if you are looking to further explore the issue of race in America. Many of the resources mentioned approach the topic from a biblical perspective, though some approach it simply from a historical perspective. 
You can also reach out to Gio or Lisa if you’d like to join “Bridge Builders” which will be a 3-session small group exploring what a fully racially reconciled church could look like. Watch this video by Lisa explaining the heart behind this group and please reach out to either of them if you are interested in joining the group which meets via Zoom starting Thursday, July 23rd at 6:30 PM. 

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Books: The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism 

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

A Documentary: 13th (Currently on Netflix)

A Movie: Just Mercy 

A Series: When They See Us 
There is also a website that goes with it, including a viewing and discussion guide to follow when watching the series. 

A Website: Equal Justice Initiative 

Current sermon series: Indestructible Faith

Do you ever wish you had a really strong faith? A faith that could withstand hardship, persecution, conflicts, and uncertainties? A faith that pursues God and finds peace, that does not give in to fear, that trusts God in all circumstances and that brings goodness and justice into the world? We need an INDESTRUCTIBLE faith! We are going to learn from the experts – those saints listed in Hebrews 11 in what is often called the “Hall of Faith.” Read Hebrews 11 this week and get ready to develop an indestructible faith!

Mental Health Minute

Hillside Church family – we wanted to start bringing in some practical tips to improve your mental health, as we believe our mental health is very closely tied to our physical and spiritual health! We are living in unsettling times and it can be difficult to take care of your mental health. Megan Zhang, our Worship Leader and a trained therapist, will be bringing tips and practical encouragement to us each week as we continue persevering in this unknown. Feel free to read through the PDF’s below for all her insight and advice! We pray this lifts you up and encourages you in this time!

Week 1: A Break from the News

Week 2: Consider the Lilies (video)

Week 3: Taking Care of our Bodies (video)