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Racism: Young Adults & Adults: Restorative Justice

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

Books

Anti-Racism 4REALS: Real Talk with Real Strategies in Real Time for Real Change     Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist     Been in the Struggle     Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva     Do Better     Forgiven but Not Forgotten     Getting to the Promised Land     Gideon's Promise     GOD IN THE GHETTO     Healing Haunted Histories                    Listening to the Movement          Picture of Not Forsaken     Open Wounds: A Story of Racial Tragedy, Trauma, and Redemption     The Purpose Gap     Book - Paperback          TAKING APART BOOTSTRAP THEOLOGY     Ten Lives, Ten Demands     To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope          We Do This 'Til We Free Us     We Will Not Cancel Us     

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

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; 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

See a Summary of Richard Rohr's Restorative Justice Daily Meditations, from the week of September 6 - September 11, 2020 and a summary of Wounded Healers from the week of September 13 - September 18, 2020.

Other Book Lists

Video & Multi-Media

Before You Call the Cops' BLM video goes viral...again - YouTube

Tyler Merritt's Before You Call the Cops is powerful watching. Get to know him!

R-Squared

What Is Critical Race Theory and What Christians Should Know

includes:

  • 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.

Trainings & Webinars

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.

Book JUSTMove now for your church.

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 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.

Gathering

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

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