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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

Books

Anti-Racism 4REALS: Real Talk with Real Strategies in Real Time for Real Change     Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist     Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future     Been in the Struggle     Before the Streetlights Come On: Black America‚Äôs 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     Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva     Deconstructing Racism: A Path toward Lasting Change     Do Better          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     Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman: Public Mystic and Freedom Fighter     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     Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair: Kwon, Duke L.,  Thompson, Gregory: 9781587434501: Amazon.com: Books     Book - Paperback     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 @ Amazon.com.     TAKING APART BOOTSTRAP THEOLOGY     Ten Lives, Ten Demands     Then They Came for Mine     To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope     Unsettling Truths     Voices of Lament | Baker Publishing Group          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, from September 6 - September 11, 2020; a summary of Wounded Healers from September 13 - September 18, 2020; and 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.

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

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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

Other Resource Lists

Join MNIPL’s Reparations Learning List 

This new email community (moderated by MNIPL’s Liz and Jessica) will be a place to explore and ask questions about reparations and reparatory actions. We will share event and action opportunities, and support each other as we do the work of repair. Individuals and congregational teams are welcome. To join, email jessica@mnipl.org and ask to be added to the group!

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

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9 Essential Reads For Your Racial Justice Conversations

by Zenobia Jeffries Warfield

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.

Video & Multi-Media

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.

HDS-Logo *Harvard Divinity School conversation: Cultural Appropriation in Neopagan and New Age Religion with Sabina Magliocco.

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

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 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.

Somatic Coaching + Embodied Antiracism

Rachel Svanoe Moynihan (she/her), SEP student

Contact: 

612.239.1599

racheljoy333@gmail.com

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

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.

Home

We need public rituals of confession … of lamentation.

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 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.

Gathering

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.

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