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Anti-Racism: Adults: Reparations & Restorative Justice

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


Anti-Racism 4REALS: Real Talk with Real Strategies in Real Time for Real Change     Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist     Be a Revolution     Been in the Struggle     Before the Streetlights Come On: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions     Black Hands, White House: Slave Labor and the Making of America          Chingona: Owning Your Inner Badass for Healing and Justice          BL_DearRevolutionaries_Cover_9781506479064     Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva     Deconstructing Racism: A Path toward Lasting Change     Do Better          A Fire at the Center     Forgiven but Not Forgotten     Forgiveness and Reparation, the Healing Journey     Getting to the Promised Land     Gideon's Promise     God and Race     GOD IN THE GHETTO     The Gospel of Peace in a Violent World     Healing Haunted Histories                         Letters to the Sons of Society by Shaka Senghor     Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders, Revised Edition     Listening to the Movement          Necessary Risks: Challenges Privileged People Need to Face     Picture of Not Forsaken     Oak Flat by Lauren Redniss          Open Wounds: A Story of Racial Tragedy, Trauma, and Redemption     The Path to a Livable Future: A New Politics to Fight Climate Change, Racism, and the Next Pandemic          The Purpose Gap     The Racial Healing Handbook     Rebels, Despots, and Saints: The Ancestors Who Free Us and The Ancestors We Need to Free     Reconsider the Lilies: Challenging Christian Environmentalism's Colonial Legacy     Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair: Kwon, Duke L.,  Thompson, Gregory: 9781587434501: Books     Book - Paperback     BL_TheRiseOfRage_Cover     Sacred Belonging: A 40-Day Devotional on the Liberating Heart of Scripture  (Daily Bible Devotions on Belonging to God, the Earth, & One Another): Kat  Armas, Kat: 9781587435096: Books     Serving Money, Serving God: Aligning Radical Justice, Christian Practice, and Church Life          Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome Our Inaction on Race -  Kindle edition by Francois, Willie Dwayne III. Religion & Spirituality  Kindle eBooks @     A Space for Us     Spirit Wheel: Meditations from an Indigenous Elder     TAKING APART BOOTSTRAP THEOLOGY     Ten Lives, Ten Demands     Then They Came for Mine     Through the Eyes of Titans: Finding Courage to Redeem the Soul of a Nation     To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope     Unsettling Truths     Unsettling Worship     Voices of Lament | Baker Publishing Group     Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman: Public Mystic and Freedom Fighter          We Do This 'Til We Free Us     We Will Not Cancel Us          You Mean It or You Don't: James Baldwin's Radical Challenge

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Abundant CommunityWe Hold Medicine for Each Other – A Conversation about Race

By Quanita RobersonTenneson Woolf

In this podcast, Quanita Roberson and Tenneson Woolf explore the dimensions of race, including how the wounds of colonization live on in all of us, how to own your work while compassionately allowing others to do theirs, and the promise that this deeper path can hold for true freedom.

A New World Awaits After Reparations

by Trevor Smith & Aria Florant; Yes! Magazine

See a Summary of Richard Rohr's Restorative Justice Daily Meditations (September 6 - 11, 2020); a summary of Wounded Healers (September 13 - 18, 2020); Mpho Tutu van Furth describes a painful miscommunication that took place during South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation process in I Ask for Peace (September 14, 2022); and summary of God's Restoring Justice including a Seeking Forgiveness practice from Archbishop Desmond Tutu (August 20-25, 2023; see our

RESTORATIVE REPARATIONS - PRAYER & PRACTICE Great Idea - based on these reflections -  here.)

Deradicalization in the Deep South: How a former neo-Nazi Makes Amends

Shannon Martinez, right, does her deradicalization work at home on a phone, surrounded by her family, including daughter Jane Foley.

YES! Photos by Sara Wise

BY DJ Cashmere


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.

A Guide to Climate Reparations

Reparations, debt cancellation, and climate justice are all regular features in climate solutions—but what do they mean in practice?

Yes! Magazine; By Anita Bhadani

Why Reparations Are About More Than Money By KERRY WHIGHAM

Addressing histories of mass violence have to include both material reparations and public and visible symbolic gestures.

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.

Barbara Holmes reflects on Crisis Contemplation, in When Crisis Comes and Crisis Contemplation; and 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.

The Feminist Press - Advancing Women's Rights & Feminist Perspectives -  Durland Alternatives Library

Audre Lorde's The Uses of Anger (Women's Studies Quarterly) is essential reading.

Racial Equity as Spiritual Healing

by Naaima Khan; Owner and Principal of Create Good, a consultancy that helps organizations more effectively pursue anti-racism work with a special focus on using keen insights from data and evaluation.

Listen to Krista Tippet's interview, Love Is the Motive, with Just Mercy author, Bryan Stevenson about his work with the Equal Justice Initiative.

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

Video & Multi-Media


Realizing Reparations

a digital series from Yes! Magazine funded by Decolonizing Wealth Project


WATCH: An Elder Activist’s Historic View on Reparations



WATCH: Educating Americans on Reparations


Co-hosted by Luther Seminary and Interfaith Action, this conversation put a spotlight on restorative justice work from Twin Cities restorative justice trainer and facilitator Brenda Burnside (a familiar face for many of you who participated in training circles over the last couple years!), Assistant County Attorney Annie Kahn from the Ramsey County Pre-Trial Justice Division, and Interfaith Action’s Executive Director Randi Ilyse Roth.


What Is Critical Race Theory and What Christians Should Know


  • GCORR REAL TALK video to learn more about Critical Race Theory

  • Critical Race Theory Infographic Series download

  • Christian Voices on Critical Race Theory
  • More Christian Perspectives (additional resources)
  • How White Christians Can Learn from Critical Race Theory

Ricardo Levins Morales 2021 Liberation Calendar cover. People of many ages, genders and skin colors gather at the base of a tree. Some weater, others plant seedlings, one plays a drum, one holds a baby and another a book, while another speaks into a megaphone and another wearing a headscarf raises her fist in the air.

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

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

Experience & Engagement

Build on the Love, Join the Movement - United Church of ChristJoin the Movement toward Racial Justice is an invitation to demonstrate God’s love and to partner with others who are working for the transformation of racism in our world so that we might foster flourishing lives for all.

The Christian church began as a movement towards a just world through the teachings of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we believe it is our mandate to work for and seek justice, love, and compassion, as we join with and become our own Spirit-led movements toward racial justice.

PINE RIDGE RECONCILIATION CENTER - HomeThe Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center's mission is, 'Fostering mutual trust, respect, and understanding ​while addressing the deep poverty that exists on the reservation.​' Join them in ministry by sharing something from their Amazon Wishlist, participate in a Cultural Immersion Experience or prayerfully and financially supporting their many other ministries.

Join MNIPL’s Reparations Learning List 

This email community (moderated by MNIPL’s Liz and Jessica) is a place to explore and ask questions about reparations and reparatory actions. Discover event and action opportunities, and support in the work of repair. Individuals and congregational teams are welcome. To join, email and ask to be added to the group!


Healing Minnesota Stories’ and Minnesota Council of Churches offer 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. 

Topics are quite serious; the tours are age appropriate for high-school age or older.

Learn more and register here.

A bill that would establish a commission to study reparations for Black Americans, House Resolution 40, has languished in Congress for almost 40 years.

Meanwhile: Black organizers, community members, and movement leaders around the country are manifesting reparations at both the state and local levels; organizations such as the Decolonizing Wealth Project (DWP) are gathering hundreds of key stakeholders in the reparations movement in an unprecedented effort to make reparations a reality in our lifetimes; Alight, Align, Arise has convened; and a grant from Liberated Capital, supported YES! Magazine in creating their digital series, Realizing Reparations. The series explores the leading edges of the reparations ecosystem, reveals a path toward healing and reconciliation, and illuminates why reparations are more than just a check. Immerse yourself in the hopeful, inspiring visions of changemakers:


Other Resource Lists

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.

MNIPL’s Reparations Resource Page

A reparations page is available on the MNIPL website. The page is a one-stop location to find the recordings of their Reparations Learning Table workshops (or share them with friends!) and to visit and support reparations partners (or share them with friends!). Watch the reparations page for upcoming Reparations Learning Labs.

For the most up-to-date reparations information and conversation in your inbox, email Jessica at and ask her to add you to the Reparations Learning List!

ajc.pngThe Absalam Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing offers an extensive online resource library curated to support racial awareness and reconciliation across age groups.

 Embrace Race offers a number of resources:

  • toolkits for study and teaching
  • support for adults caring for children (and others) affected by racialized trauma
  • podcasts and webinars to empower and encourage all ages in meeting white nationalism, white supremacy, and racialized violence

The MN Annual Conference UMC's Rev. Dana Neuhauser offers this list of Books That Can Build Empathy for BIPOC Communities.

Training, Curricula & Webinars

Sacred ReckoningsSacred Reckonings: White Settler-Colonizer Churches Doing the Work of Reparations

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel and Jessica Intermill have released this 11-step reparations guide for Christian congregations. Sacred Reckonings guides churches from initial reparations conversations to church-wide reparations proposals. Find the no-cost guide and learn about congregational training opportunities at Rebecca is the Director of the Center of Sustainable Justice and Jessica is a land-history consultant and MNIPL Strategic Policy Consultant; their reparations work builds on decades of relationship and solidarity with dozens of Black and Indigenous leaders.

Somatic Coaching + Embodied Antiracism

Rachel Svanoe Moynihan (she/her), SEP student



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.

Let's Get Uncomfortable - Series of 3


Racism is everybody’s problem. For too long, the responsibility to understand and dismantle racism has fallen on communities of color. That ends now. White people need to do more of their own learning, growing, and dismantling. We want to help, so we created a 3-part series of conversations that bring together communities to talk about racism, being anti-racist, and what we can do right now, today to make the future better.

This recorded series is not about an antiracism program or event. It is not an antiracism 101 course. It seeks to equip leaders with an awareness of their own complicity with white supremacy, and expand their tools to embody antiracist leadership. Learn more.

Restorative Actions: Surrendering wealth for mutual well being

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.

Share their A Time to Repair curriculum with individuals and congregations; watch the trailer here.

JustMOVE for Churches

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 Circle at Common Ground Meditation Center

Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles (ASDIC) is an esteemed antiracism workshop provider operating from Montevideo, MN, across Minnesota and nationally. ASDIC’s programs are noted for their depth of analysis, opportunity for dialogue and reflection, building of relationship and community, and lasting transformative change.

Expanding the Table for Racial Equity

Two six-video sessions with diverse leaders covering a range of topics. Appropriate for tweens, teens and adults.

Judicatory Resources

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.

In Our Library

Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future                         No Future Without Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu               Tending the Soil, 24page zine