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Racial Unity

Our church desires to reflect Jesus’ values of love and justice in our city and world. In order to do this well, we must begin to learn from others whose experiences are drastically different than our own. We have much to learn, much to repent of, and much work to do. We've included a LOT of resources below as we move forward together in this journey toward racial unity. The ones that have stars by them were chosen as good starting places if you're new to the conversation.

People/Groups to Connect With:

  • Austin Channing Browning is a writer with a vibrant Facebook presence and a helpful list of books for anyone who desires to understand racial justice as it pertains to the church.
  • Latasha Morrison is a founder of Be the Bridge, a non-profit organization with a Facebook community that educates and equips people to become bridge builders toward racial reconciliation in their local communities.
  • Chris Schaffner, one of our Leadership Team members, has read widely on these topics. He’d love to grab coffee with you to process what you’re learning and share his list of resources with you.
  • During Wednesday lunch hours this fall, an open book club will be discussing “The Color of Law”. Contact Dustin Hite to get involved.



Books to Read:

The South Side - Natalie Y. Moore
The Invention of the White Race - Theodore W. Allen
The Blood of Emmett Till - Timothy B. Tyson
Evicted - Matthew Desmond
Divided by Faith - Michael O. Emerson, Christian Smith
Color of Law - Richard Rothstein
Tears We Cannot Stop - Michael Eric Dyson
White Like Me - Tim Wise 
The Soul of Black Folk - W.E.B. Du Bois
Birth of a White Nation - Jacqueline Battalora
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
*Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
America's Original Sin - Jim Wallace
Disunity in Christ - Christena Cleveland
Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin
A Black Theology of Liberation - James Cone
*Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coats
The Economics of Racial Discrimination and Segregation in the Housing Markets of Cities in the North During the Great Migration, 1915-1930 - Andrew D. Branch
Roadmap to Reconciliation - Brenda Salter McNeil

Films/Documentaries to Watch (always better with a group!):

I am not your negro
Racism in the media
The Central Park Five
LA 92
OJ vs the People
The House I Live In
Dark Girls
Let the Fire Burn
*Fruitvale Station
Birth of a Nation
The Wire

Music to Listen To:

Nina Simone (Mississippi Goddamn)
Curtis Mayfield
The Freedom Singers
Billy Holiday (Strange Fruit)
Charles Mingus
Ray Charles
Sam Cooke
Harry Belafonte
Marvin Gaye
Stevie Wonder
The Staples Singers
Mahalia Jackson (We Shall Overcome)
Public Enemy
Kendrick Lamar

Yes, this list is long. But don't be scared off by its length. Just watch/read/listen to one thing...then choose something else. It's a journey of growing understanding, of being willing to hear a perspective that is not your own.