More Than Equals: Building Moral Character

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About the Author
Chris Rice (DMin, Duke Divinity School) is director of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office in New York City and coauthor of Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing.Spencer Perkins, until his death in 1998, worked with the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development and was editor-in-chief of the magazine Urban Family. For twelve years he and Chris Rice and their families lived together in the Antioch Community and served as elders of Voice of Calvary Fellowship Church in Jackson, Mississippi.

"When Christians truly love and respect one another across racial, ethnic, and social divisions, the truth and power of the gospel are revealed. Although church and society are not in the same place as we were several decades ago, many of the struggles and insights shared by Perkins and Rice have a timeless quality to them. The illuminating stories, cultural analysis, biblical teaching, and personal experiences the authors share continue to make this a profoundly inspiring and important book."

Christine D. Pohl, professor emerita of Christian ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary

"This wonderful book has lost none of its power or inspiration from when it was first published. Interracial friendship may be the most important Christian witness today. Perkins and Rice show us how it is done-with all its struggles, misunderstandings, and the supreme joy that comes from walking alongside another in God's service. I recommend this book to everyone who lives in the hope of God's kingdom."

Dana L. Robert, Boston University School of Theology, author of Faithful Friendships: Embracing Diversity in Christian Community

"More Than Equals reminds us that grace is the most powerful expression of God's love. It inspires us to move toward others, affirming the dignity of all human beings, and challenges us to be reconcilers in a deeply broken world. We need this book today more than ever."

John Perkins, president emeritus of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation and author of One Blood, He Calls Me Friend, and Count It All Joy

"In this era of reconciliation fatigue and disillusionment, this book calls its readers to the foundational truth of Christian reconciliation. Through the compelling story of the authors, the book reminds us that racial reconciliation is essentially a lifelong journey of discipleship, a journey that calls us each to die to ourself every day so that we might embrace others more radically through Christ."

Peter Cha, professor of church, culture, and society at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"Living into the reality that Jesus has broken down the dividing wall of hostility is not easy in the United States, where the racist roots are deep and systemic. Perkins and Rice offer honest, painful, and courageous stories in the hard work of dismantling racism. More Than Equals is a clarion call to embody Christian discipleship and subversive love that is as relevant now as it was when it was written thirty years ago."

Sue Park-Hur, denominational minister for transformative peacemaking, Mennonite Church USA, and codirector of ReconciliAsian

"Perkins and Rice exhibit a relationship that in itself proves the chasm between white and black Christians need not remain. . . . Many works have dealt with the reality of racial disunity in the church, but this [book] offers proven solutions."

Christianity Today, 1993

"More Than Equals brings creative possibilities to the door of every parish."

Christian Century