Here are some resources to help you learn
more about why racism is such a key issue in our society today:

  1. Our community book read of “Race Talk” started on June 29.
    If you would like to join us, please email Pastor Chris.  
  1. Phil Vischer (creator of Veggie Tales) on Race In America – a great overview on 17 minutes:
  1. A great interview with Esau McCaulley (an African American Anglican priest) about Race, Gospel and Justice:
    “I Have Only One Hope for Racial Justice:  A God Who Conquered Death”  Essay by Esau McCaulley.
  1. Tim Keller’s  Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective on YouTube.
    He shows the Biblical rationale for our corporate responsibility in  26 minutes. 
  1. If you want more of Keller’s thoughts, here is his discussion of Bible and Race:
  1. N.T. Wright’s reflections from June 8, 2020 on race (a longer read) 
  1. Deconstructing White Privilege by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. This is a very accessible 22 minute talk that could change how you look at the world.  If phrases like “white privilege” make you reflexively push back, this is a very helpful resource. 
  1. Jane Elliot’s Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes experiment:  Watch this 16 minute segment from the Oprah show to see how easily discrimination and hard feelings based on immutable body characteristics can arise.
  2. Finally and maybe most importantly, here is some advice from a black pastor:
    To all of my non-Black friends who are sincerely asking “what do I do?” While there are so many answers to that question, the best starting place is to draw near and “mourn with those who mourn.” It is PROXIMITY that moves us from apathy to EMPATHY. Our Empathy moves us to ENGAGEMENT and the aim of quality ENGAGEMENT is always EQUITY! 

Books to check out: 

The Myth of Equality:  Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma written by a pastor and intended for Christian audience — definitely delves into the tough and controversial issues, does an especially good job of tracing the origins and continuation of racism from slavery times to the present, shows how the church has failed in many ways through these times, explains how the gospel message calls us all to respond, and ultimately presents a positive way to move forward. 190 pages, easy, provocative, and thoughtful read

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart, Christena Cleveland: A clear and helpful discussion of the dynamics that separate us from others.

Divided by Faith:  Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, Christian Smith and Michael Emerson: A study uncovering the invisible factors that make overcoming racism, even within the church, so challenging.  

White Fragility:  Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo: Best selling book about the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged and how those reactions maintain racial inequality.  

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