Skip to Main Content

Anti-Racism: Adults: ...and the Church

books, videos, online resources for individual and group study/discussion on racism, antiracism and white supremacy culture


          Becoming Human     The Bible in the Ashes of Social Chaos     The Black Church by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.     Black Lives Matter to Jesus: The Salvation of Black Life and All Life in Luke and Acts                    Picture of The Black Church     Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope          Picture of The Building a Multiethnic Church                                                  Deconstructing Racism: A Path toward Lasting Change     Do Black Lives Matter?          Fat Church | Claiming a Gospel of Fat Liberation (Kidd)               Getting to the Promised Land     God and Race     GOD IN THE GHETTO          Picture of If God Still Breathes, Why Can't I?     This is the front cover of the new book “I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist,” which is a collection of essays about the experiences of Black United Methodists. Photo courtesy of Abingdon Press.                                                                 Plantation Jesus     Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism--and What Comes Next     Prophesy Deliverance! 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition     Rebels, Despots, and Saints: The Ancestors Who Free Us and The Ancestors We Need to Free     Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair: Kwon, Duke L.,  Thompson, Gregory: 9781587434501: Books                         Shoutin' in the Fire by Danté Stewart     Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome Our Inaction on Race -  Kindle edition by Francois, Willie Dwayne III. Religion & Spirituality  Kindle eBooks @     Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey     A Space for Us     Speaking the Truth: Ecumenism, Liberation, and Black Theology  With a New Introduction by Dennis W. Wiley          Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers          TAKING APART BOOTSTRAP THEOLOGY           Then They Came for Mine                   Unholy by Sarah Posner     Unsettling Truths     Wait - Is This Racist?     When We Belong     Picture of White Too Long               Worship at a Crossroads

In Our Library

Find books, curricula, prayer, music, and worship elements (including a full sermon), and community organizations and businesses grouped to help congregations take next steps in antiracism work, creation care, and addressing intergenerational mental health and well-being in the WaterThreads - Woven Together: Water, Community, Well-Being. Available online and via requested download for member congregations - who should email: - for access.

Video & Webinars


Land Acknowledgment can be tricky.

Here's a Toolkit from the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center and A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgment compiled in conversation with a group of Minnesota Indigenous leaders.

This six-session study invites church groups to engage in the practice of biblical lament as a powerful tool in the church's struggle against racism.

White Fragility and the (Christian) Faith is a conversation with Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer (Gen. Minister and President of the UCC), Tricia Lytle, Cameron Trimble, and Steve Morgan about white fragility and the Christian faith.

Interviews on racial capitalism.png

Vanderbilt Divinity School offers this continuing series of diverse thinkers discussing the reality and implications of racial capitalism.

Picture of The Black Church

Companion book to the PBS Series

Free Race and Religion Video & Discussion Series: Gustavus Adolphus College professor, Sarah Ruble, shares a free YouTube-based adult small group curriculum on the history of race and Christianity in the United States, consisting of eight YouTube videos (20-25 minutes each), questions for discussion, and suggested resources for further exploration.

Conversations on Race... and More

LeaderWise Response for Community Healing

  • October 5 - Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs: “Changing Self”

  • November 2 - Rev. Kelly Chatman: “Changing Community”

  • December 7 - Rev. Alicia Forde: “Changing Systems”

A 5-session, 8-film video series, with author Joel Edward Goza, based on his recent book Americas' Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of our Faith an Politics, which examines the DNA of the ideologies that shape America and often justify racist ideas and racial inequalities.

featuring Terry LeBlanc; on race construction and the work of the church

White Savior: Racism in the American Church DVD

Jesus Christ and the 'Dividing Wall": Race and God's Mission

Virtual McClure Lectures and WMI Month of Mission Series with guided discussion following plenary presentations and six pre-recorded workshops

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resources for 2023

By BuildFaith Editors on Apr 19, 2023

To help Christian communities amplify Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voices in American and church history, Building Faith shares a list of resources, including new and recent books, reading lists, podcasts, documentaries, virtual exhibits, and church resources.

  • Books
    • History and Cultural Criticism Books
    • Histories and Stories in Christianity
    • Reading Lists for All Ages
  • Articles
  • Podcasts
  • Videos
  • Virtual Exhibits
  • Church Resources

How to Be An Anti-Racist Church

Check out this free guide from Gravity Leadership with resources and links to help you and your congregation learn and grow. 

View the guide here.

In A Time For Reckoning: North American Christianity and Indigenous Cultural GenocideMike Morrell offers a call to awareness, humility, repentance, and action; includes resource lists for reading/study; supporting, enjoying and learning from Indigenous artists; and specific actions for individuals, households, and congregations.

Critical Race Theory

Dr. Greg Carey shares an overview and insights in Critical Race Theory: Coming to Terms.

Journey into the desperate struggle of today’s black community in North Minneapolis. Pastor Galloway of Liberty Community Church takes you to the frontlines of the desperate struggle the black community faces each day in North Minneapolis. LISTEN.

Old black and white photo of a very homogeneous family

What’s Wrong with Thinking of Church as Family?

Lee Ann M. Pomrenke says the beloved metaphor of church as family can stand in the way of a congregation being truly open and inclusive. The church is a movement defined by shared values, commitments, and actions, not a household family linked by a shared heritage or appearances.

This is the front cover of the new book “I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist,” which is a collection of essays about the experiences of Black United Methodists. Photo courtesy of Abingdon Press.

Black United Methodists want changes

By Jim Patterson

Introduces the book by Rev. Rudy Rasmus


For Collard Girls is a journey, a conversation, and a podcast, that shares the unique, bold and beautiful narrative of womyn of color who are in spaces in the church, in the community, and in the world.

Richard Rohr and guests explore Interspiritual Mysticism: an antidote to exclusivity and invitation to humility; wonder, What Do We Do with Evil?; and consider Spirituality and Social Movements.

Trybal Pastor, Rev. Kwame Pitts, womanist pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Orleans, 

Rituals of Resistance or Coming out of the Spiritual Closet: Healing from Trauma and Oppression through the Lens of Womanist Theology and at the Intersection of Dualistic Faith


Kairos Blanket Exercise

The Kairos Blanket Exercise is available with in-person or virtual facilitation, leading people through locally adapted scripts to appreciate the significant historical and generational toll colonization has had on Indigenous communities.


The Minnesota Council of Churches Healing Minnesota Stories provide group Sacred Sites Tour to Explore Indigenous Experience in Minnesota. These tours are designed to "create understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people, particularly those in various faith communities".

Tours are led by Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota). The tours offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence / meditation / reflection.

Upcoming Tour Dates