What is Realm?

Realm is an online ministry tool designed for real time connection. It helps our church connect with you and you connect with us. If you consider yourself part of this church family, you’ll love it. Realm allows you to manage your personal information and who is allowed to see it, control your giving, and keep in touch with the groups that matter to you.

Why should I use Realm?

Being the church doesn’t just happen at the church. Realm helps us serve you better and leads this church well between Sundays. Everyone can be connected from anywhere at any time, right from our mobile devices. It engages everyone in the life of our church by supporting the healthy relationships essential to our church’s mission. We’ll stay organized, and you’ll stay informed about all of the opportunities for fellowship. When we share life together, we will grow together.

Getting started and requesting an invitation

For security, you need an invitation to join Realm. Email lcarter@christelca.org to request an invitation. The invitation will include a link asking you to create a password.

1. Go to www.onrealm.org Put in your email address and password.
2. Your Realm login works on your home computer and on your mobile devices, so when you sign into Realm, use the login you created in step 1 for the computer or the app.
3. Check to make sure that we have your address and other personal information entered correctly under My Profile. If anything is incorrect, you can change it.
4. Please add a photo to help others get to know you and your family!

I'm getting a prompt requesting an "Invite Code". Help!

If you are trying to log in for the first time with the Realm Connect app using an iPhone may be asked for an invite code. Look at the bottom of your screen under the invite code. There will be, in small letters and low contrast, an option to login. Select this link to continue with the login.

What about my Privacy?

Setting your privacy settings will allow you to determine who sees your information. Be aware that the default setting allows only your group leaders and church staff to see any of your information. That means you will not show up in the church directory. Part of being in the church community is allowing other members to find you (picture, email...even your name) Consider opening your basic information if not to to the congregation, at least to members of your groups. Find this setting in the drop-down next to your profile picture/silhouette.

How do I manage email notifications from my groups?

You can control the amount of email you get for each of your groups. We recommend setting your groups to “New content only” if you are not using push notifications on your mobile device. Click the down arrow next to your name and click "Email Settings". You can then select your settings for each group that you are a member of.If there is an event going on in your groups with lots of comments that you don't want to see (temporarily), you can go to the message and click the image of the bell to temporarily halt or adjust your notifications

Can other people see information about my child?

Children over the age of 13 can use Realm only if they have a personal email address. Only church staff and their group leaders are able to view any contact information of children under age 18.

What if my child is over age 18 and still listed as "child" under family position?

Contact information for children of any age listed as "child" in a family profile will not have contact information available to anyone but staff. That means a 25 year old still listed as a child can not be viewed by other members and their parent will receive any emails sent directly to that child. If you have an adult child whose status needs changing, update their profile information (address, email, phone, etc.) and change their status to head of household. email:jclark@christelca.org for assistance.


This is Us, Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 min.)

Racism is Real, A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 min.)

Confronting ‘intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too hard to be fair? Explores why we may get tongue tied and blunder when we encounter people from groups unfamiliar to us. (5 min.)

CBS News Analysis: 50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America’s past, Ibram X. Kendi reviews current history curriculum production and use across the U.S. (5 min.)

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 min.)

What Kind of Asian Are You? Humorous two minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans. (2 min.)

Birth of a White Nation, Keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 min.)

13th, Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system. (1 hour, 40 min.)

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them, TED Talk by Vernā Myers, encourages work vigorously to counter balance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 min.)

The danger of a single story, TED Talk by Chimamanda Adiche, offers insight to the phenomenon of using small bits of information to imagine who a person is. (18 min.)

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time, TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston that explores patterns revealing our racist framing, language, and behaviors. (10 min.)

Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film & TV, Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about  media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 min.)  

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States, Fernanda Ponce shares what she’s learning about the misunderstanding and related mistreatment of the incredibly diverse ethnic category of Hispanic people (12 min.)

Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call (3 min.)

The Green Book (Movie Trailer)

Just Mercy (Movie Trailer)

Selma (Movie Trailer)

When They See Us (Movie Trailer)


Code Switch, hosted by journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

Black Like Me, host Dr. Alex Gee

Scene on Radio – Seeing White Series, host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika

TED Radio Hour – Mary Bassett: How Does Racism Affect Your Health? host Guy Raz speaks with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University

Here & Now – Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? host Jeremy Hobson and author Edward Baptist

NPR Morning Edition – You Cannot Divorce Race From Immigration journalist Rachel Martin talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

Pod Save the People, Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson

No Ashes in the Fire audio book by Darnell L. Moore

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho


Test Your Awareness: Take the Test

This video shows us the importance of paying attention, and how much more we see when we are looking for particular things around us.​

Use each question below separately as one day’s challenge.

  • Who is and is not represented in ads?
  • What are the last five books you read? What is the racial mix of the authors?
  • What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?
  • Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world?  Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?


Contact us

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.