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Recovering From Racism: City Ministry in a "Post-Racial" America is a story about how Larry Lloyd, a privileged white Evangelical, grew to love his city, particularly the city that so many don’t want to see. A pioneer in urban Ministry, Lloyd has helped countless others love the city, too. This book is about his story and how that story can inform each of us as we seek the well-being of the city to which God has called us. But first we have to see the city as God sees it. We have to look at our own heart and motivations for engaging the city, particularly as we engage neighborhoods that are in downward spirals. Paternalism, racism, and white privilege can blind us if we are not careful and our engagement can quickly turn to cynicism and frustration. But this book is not just for urban ‘warriors.’ It’s for each of us who dare to embrace the city as God’s playground. It’s for each of us who seek meaningful engagement in the middle of society’s toughest issues. It’s for each of us who want to be agents of God’s grace and justice in our own city.
After starting Memphis Young Life Urban Ministries in 1975, Larry went to Fuller Seminary to develop an urban youth ministry curriculum, training urban churches in youth ministry. He returned to Memphis in 1987 to create the Memphis Leadership Foundation which has birthed over 30 inner city programs in youth outreach, housing/economic and community development, health services, and urban education.
Larry is a Memphis native, having graduated from Central High School, Rhodes College, and Fuller Theological Seminary.
Fred Davis: I was introduced to Larry Lloyd in 1975 when he was in the process of making history in Memphis. He was about to start the first Young Life program in an African American high school in Memphis. I was on the city council and the high school was in my district, as was my home and business. My home, and eventually, the Lloyd family’s home was in Orange Mound, one of the largest black communities in the country. He and I knew that it would take some ‘inside’ help to get a white boy in a school like that! Larry has a heart for the inner city, which in Memphis has largely meant the African American community.
Then, in 1987, he started the Memphis Leadership Foundation which now serves as an umbrella for a plethora of ministries that get at the real issues facing the inner city. Larry doesn’t just ‘talk the talk’ but he ‘walks the walk.’ I am proud to be his mentor!
Verley Sangster: After the assassination of Dr. King, Larry, a native of Memphis, TN, dedicated himself to be a healer in the city of Memphis. In order to fulfill his vision he has helped create multiple ministries to the marginalized, such as quality housing for the poor, a camp for inner city youth, jobs programs for individuals that have been incarcerated, training programs to educate leaders to work with youth in the urban community and many other such services. In my opinion, because of Larry's leadership for the past 40 years, Memphis now has the finest model in the nation of a holistic approach for reconciling the 'haves' and the 'have nots'. This book offers the roadmap to equip others to become healers in the communities they love.
Posted by Unknown on 21st May 2015
We recommend Larry Lloyd’s book. It is written in crisp, clear and unvarnished language, this text cuts to the quick with the things that break the Heart of God. The text is authentic to the core. Sometimes you will smile and even laugh. Other times you will be driven to your knees and rededicate yourself. Indeed, we found this book compelling, timely, and an intensely personal engagement opportunity. So impressed are we have purchased a first box of books to distribute to our professional and neighborhood leadership teams; forcing us as leaders AND followers to wrestle with the questions poised at chapters’ end. Then formulate and execute a personal strategic and tactical plan to invest the balance of our lives. We are a bi-racial family, who now live in our 18th U.S. city and work in multiple international venues across 59 countries, over 30+ years as an "ordained" multinational businessperson. Our present city happens to be Memphis too; BUT what is written within resonates consistent with our engagements and experiences within every past home / workplace: Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Tokyo, New Delhi and Mumbai; to name a few. It is universal, NOT limited as a “Memphis Book” but an opportunity to reflect and refocus and reengage regardless where we live and work. Gods speed.