A congregation facing organized hate doesn't have to hide behind church doors. Christ Lutheran Church, Libby, Mont., recommends these steps:
Fear not. Find out what's going on. Research the groups. Talk to people and organizations with experience and expertise. Work with groups that have the same outlook and interest as your church. Emphasize tolerance for ethnic and cultural diversity throughout the life of the church and community. Network with school officials to share information, identify resources and keep the issue in the curriculum. Organize events for education and outreach about hate groups. Publicize talks, panels, rallies and events to educate the community. Teach tolerance in Sunday school, youth groups, adult forums, etc.