Lord, make us seekers of shalom. Rid our hearts of our love of the status quo, our comfort in complacency, our preference for absence of conflict. Cultivate in us, God, a love for true shalom: wholeness, flourishing, a world made right.– A prayer from The Liturgy of Politics, Kaitlyn Schiess
A collection of seven succinct articles penned by black pastors, authors and one former policeman following the murder of Micheal Brown in 2014. Stacy Hillard’s, Leonce Crump’s part 1 and Bryan Loritts articles are standouts. A good three or four presses of the page down key should get you to the start of each article – it is worth the extra work.
A raw, openhearted reply by an African American after he is asked how he is doing after seeing another African American killed in at the hands of a cop.
Though written from an Asian American’s perspective, the article is applicable to everyone.
A personal narrative that explains how the way we tell our personal stories is a reflection of our understanding of racism. We really like how Phil Vischer expertly strips back the layers of his own personal story and how that fit in with the overall system in the United States.
A detailed, highly researched article that balances historical, cultural and biblical narratives and chronicles the systematic oppression of African Americans. Forrest cites loads of research and clearly makes his point at the beginning of the article that he wants to move the reader from understanding (empathy, listening) to what can be done to change (action).
Without many in the white evangelical church even knowing it there are usually two baked in assumptions when we try to help our poor or oppressed neighbors. One, that we have the answers and a fresh perspective to problems that have plagued communities for generations and two, that our short term volunteer work is more helpful than harmful. Pastor David Docusen weaves personal stories of learning, embarrassment and hope with the evolution of his church, Center City Church (Orlando, FL), moving from an affluent part of the city to an impoverished part.
A true story about America’s criminal justice system and how it treats people of color, the poor, the wrongly convicted, and the wrongly condemned. The material is heavy, but the author is hopeful despite his years of seeing terrible injustice.
A fantastic, thorough read penned with humility, nuance and honesty. If you are looking for an extensive resource on your journey towards racial reconciliation or are wondering what that process entails this is the book for you.
Associate professor at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL) Soong-Chan Rah meticulously goes through the five chapters of Lamentations providing a theological framework for lament while simultaneously critiquing the American church . He argues that American exceptionalism and its theology of praise has pushed out the important practice of lament in the American church.
Mars Hill Bible pastor Aslee Eiland (Grandville, MI) recalls stories from her childhood, her college years and some of her adult years as she unpacks what it means to extend kindness to other people in all situations – most of the time that just means listening – and that simple act is oftentimes messy.
As an American the right to vote is seemingly implicit, but the reality is that there has been, and continues to be, a focused effort to suppress voting. In fact, America was founded on voter suppression as only property owning white men could vote when the Constitution was penned.
A movie based on the true story told in the book, “Just Mercy.” It tells the story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael Jordan), who works to overturn the wrongful conviction of an African-American man named Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx).
Actor Samuel L. Jackson reads from author James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House over video clips and pictures from the sixties. Baldwin’s criticism of white America hits right to the core – especially for the white church. Presented in the vein of a Ken Burns documentary. Though most of the footage is over 50 years old, it could have came out of today’s headlines. If you are watching on Amazon Prime, pause the movie and use the x-ray feature to learn about the lesser known historical figures. Note that there are graphic images.
A visceral, sobering history of the systemic, calculated oppression of African Americans in the United States. This should be required viewing in High School American History classes. Note that there are graphic images and language.
A wide ranging discussion with leaders in Black and Asian communities that touches on the anti-Asian racism statement, the model minority myth, the weaponization of white supremacy and how Asian and Black communities have been racist against each other and how the two communities need to unite.
A call to the church to get involved in civic matters by bearing witness, preparing for action, supporting and partnering with institutions, focusing on criminal justice elections, engaging with elected officials, advocating for policy change and helping low income churches.
Even though the audio is poor at times, this is one of the best discussions on race we have heard. The participants, who have lived and are living through this seemingly never changing situation, challenge the listener to educate one’s self, lament and then take action. When you are done make sure to check out part 2.
An excellent, highly recommended round table discussion that focuses on the legislative side of the anti-racism movement. If you want to know what you can do as an individual then this is the podcast for you, but before listening make sure you listen to part 1.
In an enlightening, information packed one hour episode Jude 3 podcast host Lisa Fields asks Vanna Cure, a manager for Prosperity Now, and Justin Giboney, founder of the AND campaign, the next steps after protesting.
A moving, impassioned sermon by Progressive Baptist Church’s (Chicago, IL) Charlie Dates who says that racism in America is a fundamental theological issue as some people don’t see that humans are unique and are created by God.
Pastor and podcaster Mike Erre deftly answers this question (“Prove to me that the Bible says I must value black lives, and hate ethnic supremacy.”) that he received on Twitter using Biblical proof. Delivered in the style of a sermon.
Dr. John Perkins says that the church has fundamentally got it wrong and that we must repent of our sins – pride, greed – and that our only hope is in Jesus and a multi ethnic church. Audio volume is a little lower than normal, so make sure to turn it up
One of our favorite resources. Linne makes a passionate case for ethnic reconciliation based on Biblical principles centered on the gospel along with grace, unity, patience, humility and bearing with one another in love.
Beaverton FourSquare (Beaverton, OR) pastor Brad Williams gives parallels to what the early church in Acts 6 experienced to what the current church is going through. The Bible has the answers if we are willing to see them.
A sobering, challenging speech where Mark Charles argues that America does not know about race, gender and America’s history.
Author Jemar Tisby traces the intertwining of race, the church and politics into the 21st century in his 12-part study series with episodes ranging from 5 to 26 minutes that starts in the 1400’s.
In part 1 and clocking in at just under 18 minutes VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer discusses some of the systems that were put in place by the American government to harm the black community. In part 2 Vischer answers the four questions he was asked the most. Accessible, easy to follow and highly recommended.
A continuing series with Fox Sports analyst Emmanuel Acho who answers hard to ask questions people, specifically white people, have about growing up black in America, systemic racism and much more. Each week he brings on a new guest. If you have a question that you are afraid of or uncomfortable asking – then check out his episodes for the answer. Engaging and highly recommended.