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:
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.
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
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.
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
Put Philanthropy on the Front Lines by Edgar Villanueva
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 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; 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.
Audre Lorde's The Uses of Anger (Women's Studies Quarterly) is essential reading.
Responding to Microaggressions by Beth Godbee
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: firstname.lastname@example.org - for access.
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 email@example.com and ask to be added to the group!
NEW!! A reparations page is now 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her to add you to the Reparations Learning List!
The 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:
Dec. 19, 2017
A short list of (mostly 2017) books for those who want to know more about White supremacy and the impacts of racism that we deal with today.
The MN Annual Conference UMC's Rev. Dana Neuhauser offers this list of Books That Can Build Empathy for BIPOC Communities.
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.
Harvard Divinity School conversation: Cultural Appropriation in Neopagan and New Age Religion with Sabina Magliocco.
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
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 sacredreckonings.com. 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.
Rachel Svanoe Moynihan (she/her), SEP student
Check out this free guide from Gravity Leadership with resources and links to help you and your congregation learn and grow.
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.
Krista Tippet with Rev. Phil Jackson
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 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’s programs are noted for their depth of analysis, opportunity for dialogue and reflection, building of relationship and community, and lasting transformative change.
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.
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.
Two six-video sessions with diverse leaders covering a range of topics. Appropriate for tweens, teens and adults.