As Trinity's Identity Statement notes,
"We are a diverse community of cultures, church traditions, ideas, experiences, and stories. Our students come from all walks of life, different parts of the country, and around the world with a variety of experiences, hopes, and dreams. Yet we share the same DNA. We are all entrusted with the gospel—which requires us to know it, live it, and make it known.... Because God so loved the world, Jesus dared to build bridges to reach marginalized people. Jesus is asking his disciples to follow his lead in building bridges of love. When Trinity first took root in 1897, it was only because a collection of under-resourced but hard-working Scandinavian immigrants, who needed collegiate and theological education, decided it was time to create their own place of learning. Today, by the grace of God, Trinity campuses are diverse—ours are among the most diverse campuses in the country. We participate in God’s redeeming work as we help create a world where all the familiar dividing walls and corresponding ideologies have already been broken down in Christ."
To Build Bridges in Love, we must learn about our neighbors (including their cultures, their strengths, and their struggles) and learn with our neighbors as we grow together as the body of Christ. The lists of titles below provide a few avenues by which we can enter into the conversation -- they include some of the major authors who outline multiple dimensions of the issues involved. By no means is this list complete; it's just a sampling of the myriad resources available for folks who want to increase their understanding of neighbors of various cultures and backgrounds.
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This list is a compilation of books in Rolfing Library and represents a range of views. These views do not necessarily represent the views of the library staff or of Trinity International University. Book descriptions have been provided by their respective publishers.