In A Time For Reckoning: North American Christianity and Indigenous Cultural Genocide, Mike 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.
Barbara Holmes reflects on Crisis Contemplation, in When Crisis Comes and Crisis Contemplation; trauma researcher Joy DeGruy adds Healing Generational Wounds - all worth a read for those concerned about the extent of body trauma experienced generationally by our siblings of color and diversity; and being absorbed by all of us in these times of upheaval.
Audre Lorde's The Uses of Anger (Women's Studies Quarterly) is essential reading.
Responding to Microaggressions by Beth Godbee
Reconciling relationships with nature: Rev. Tyler Sit, an Earthkeeper who serves New City Church in Minneapolis and United Methodist Global Ministries, shares how connecting with the Earth in nature-based therapy supports people of color in his community. Watch video
Tyler Merritt's Before You Call the Cops is powerful watching. Get to know him!
South Minneapolis artist Ricardo Levins Morales offers a Liberation Calendar, "a colorful celebration of resistance, coming together, and overcoming oppression. Each page is packed with Ricardo's original art and significant dates in the struggle for justice and dignity. Great for schools, offices, fundraising, and gifts for colleagues and comrades.
African American Policy Forum short film: The Unequal Opportunity Race
The Work of the People's Selected Films that lead to Reconciling and Wholeness
Restorative action is a racial equity initiative born from the intersection of theology, justice, and economics. It allows U.S. Americans who benefit from institutional racism, to provide credible witness for justice by surrendering ill-gotten gains toward the establishment of just relationships with our Afro-American & Indigenous communities.
See their website for background.
Make the commitment here.
If we can't talk about racism in our church, where can we talk about it?
JUSTMove helps people of faith have courageous conversations that build bridges across cultural differences.
KaleoCenter's Sacred Solidarity Network cohorts run annually - for the whole congregation to join with others in the work of antiracism and justice.
Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles (ASDIC) is an esteemed antiracism workshop provider operating from Montevideo, MN, across Minnesota and nationally. ASDIC has worked across different sectors, customizing its work to the particular focus and formats needed by organizations. ASDIC’s programs are noted for their depth of analysis, opportunity for dialogue and reflection, building of relationship and community, and lasting transformative change. ASDIC was founded in 2004 by Okogyeamon, a former monk, teacher, and now ordained UCC minister, and Margery Otto, an attorney.
As part of Healing Minnesota Stories’ effort to create dialogue, understanding and healing between Native and non-Native peoples, Minnesota Council of Churches offers Sacred Site Tours of the Twin Cities area. The tour includes information on Dakota history, culture and sacred sites, as well as the oppression and genocide they faced, and ultimately their exile.
As the topics are quite serious the tours are considered age appropriate for high-school age or older.
Learn more and register here.
Reason to Have Hope: A Public Health Response to Racism — a multi-part, online, interactive, and highly adaptable course created by the UCC's CHHSM — is now online. The innovative, user-friendly curriculum is geared for a group learning environment, and includes history, current events, theology, stories of resilience, and the intersections of race and social issues to help members of faith-based organizations and local churches learn from not only the material, but each other.
DWU Stark Lecture —Race Relations and the Ministry of Reconciliation: What does reconciliation look like in your local church? How can you join in this important work? Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD) shared a free presentation by Rev. Dr. Shawn Moore, (Living Spirit UMC; Minneapolis). Watch here
Two six-video sessions with diverse leaders covering a range of topics. Appropriate for tweens, teens and adults.