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Recent events in our community, our nation, and around the world have many of us asking lots of questions about race and racism and justice. Questions like:
These are important questions, and they don’t have easy, one-time answers. They require ongoing study, reflection, conversation, and prayer.
To help facilitate this work, we’ve compile a list of resources below you might explore. There are resources for all ages, and in many different formats (books, movies, webinars, blogs, podcasts, websites, and more!), and well update it periodically. Check it out! We’d love to hear what resonates for you, what you’d like to explore more, and, also, what additional resources you might add. Contact Cheryl with your suggestions.
They say that the shortest path between two people is a story. Here are a couple of collections of stories related to race, and inspiration to collect our own:
Books for children:
Books for youth:
The Evanston (Illinois) Public Library has offered a great list of books for teens:
Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving TED talk. This talk is by the author of Waking Up White; finding myself in the story of race.
Building Faith offered a webinar, Faith Communities Address Diversity And Racial Justice, in February 2019 that is still helpful today. Learn from this conversation about racial justice and why people of faith should be engaged in working towards an equitable America. Guests James McKim, Liz Miller, and Parker Garrett represent three faith communities addressing diversity and racial injustice. In addition to the webinar there are a number of great resource links.
The Absolem Jones Center for Racial Reconciliation has a series of webinars on Lament in a time of COVID-19 and another on policing (starting this week).
Adult reflection/discussion/curriculum resources:
Sacred Ground: (Episcopal church 10 part video series) – Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, and faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. Documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.
Beloved Community’s Story Sharing campaign
GCORR Real Talk – GCORR Real Talk is a series of conversations with community and faith leaders to discuss and uncover the disparities of race, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status that are deeply embedded in our social fabric. Even as we work to “flatten the curve” during COVID-19, we can work to “close the gaps” between people, particularly with regard to race, financial disparities, access to resources, opportunities, and agency. Created by the General Commission on Religion and Race with in the United Methodist Church.
Vital Conversations 1: Realities of Race and Racism is a video -based series featuring contemporary theologians, sociologists, laity, clergy and other thought-leaders dealing with challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the church and world today. There are multiple series and discussion guides. Created by the General Commission on Religion and Race in the United Methodist Church.