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Congregational Life: Social Justice: Systemic Racism & White Supremacy Culture

online and in-person connections for service and justice work

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help foster congregational engagement in the work of anti-racism and ending white supremacy culture. For study and conversation prompts, please see our Talking about Racism guides for Children and Parents; Tweens & Teens; and Young Adults & Adults.

Here you'll find opportunities for:

  • Individual Engagement
  • Household Engagement
  • Congregational Engagement
  • Community Engagement

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Individual Engagement

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza urges us to speak out against white supremacy and racism taking shape in voter suppression in God Must Be Rewarding Georgia.

NYC, NYPD to battle hate crimes against Asian American community | PIX11

Barnard Center for Research on Women shared a list of upcoming trainings, vigils and other resources in response to the Atlanta shootings of 8 people, including 6 Asian-descent women.

Defending Asian women, defending sex workers

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Hollaback and Asian Americans Advancing Justice teamed up to create free Bystander Intervention Trainings. See here for dates and details.

Support the Minneapolis uprisings

Uprising Minnesota provides concrete steps for action and engagement.

Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training. Find out more and apply.

Household Engagement

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.

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Sweet Potato Comfort Pie’s mission is to advance racial justice and equity, heal damage caused by race-based trauma and elevate marginalized voices and experiences. We achieve our mission in three ways: by using the powerful Black cultural food tradition of making and delivering sweet potato pies; by facilitating story-circle dialogues with intentional listening and authentic sharing; and by building multicultural alliances/relationships that deepen commitment to racial justice work.

Get involved here.

Support the Minneapolis uprisings

Uprising Minnesota provides concrete steps for action and engagement.

Congregational Engagement

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.

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.

JUSTmove

Joe Davis and David Scherer together are JUSTmove which offers anti-racism performances, retreats, courses, and consulting for individuals and congregations.

Please read Scherer's article: Why Shame Is Not Effective

See their To My Beloved Children video - appropriate for all ages.

The Ministry Lab is excited to share access to Rev. Jia Starr Brown's transformative series, Journey to Freedom: Embracing God's Cultural Mosaic of People. Along with diversity trainings, Bible studies, and book groups, the 2020 them, Intersectionality, was brought to life by six guest preachers reflecting on John 4:4-26 (The Woman at the Well) and poetry and music from Minnesota-based artists.

 

See Joe Davis' invitation to Deepen Humility and Compassion with the IDI; develop institutional intercultural awareness and competence; and/or join Round 2 of Davis' and Dave Scherer's Next Faithful Move.

ISAIAH is a multi-racial, state-wide, nonpartisan coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota.

Several blogs highlighting ways congregations can work for systemic change:

Showing Up for Racial Justice - SURJ

Offers online resources, speakers, trainings, and programming.

Interfaith Action of Greater St Paul provide support and encouragement to folks living on the margins through:

Community Engagement

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is a statewide interfaith legislative advocacy coalition working to advance opportunities for economic and housing security and social and racial justice for all Minnesotans. The MN Council of Churches is the Protestant partner.

You can see their 2021 legislative agenda here. For more information, contact Joan Miltenberger at the JRLC - jmiltenberger@jrlc.org, 612-230-3232.

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An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice offers numerous and varied ways to engage.

RECLAIM the Block networks neighborhood organizations for local solutions to safety, affordable housing, hunger/food deserts, and unjust policing.

Racial equity in the areas of education, family achievement, home-ownership and more.

Daily Meditations on Restorative Justice (September 6-11):

For personal practice or community discussions.

Executive Director Mark Sundby, referencing this twitter thread by Aisha Ahmad advises that now (09.29.20) is the time to lean in to conversation about race.

Reconciling relationships with natureIn a video released by United Methodist Global Ministries, Rev. Tyler Sit, an EarthKeeper who serves New City Church in Minneapolis, shares the importance of connecting with the Earth and how leading a program that provides nature-based therapy in support of people of color is impacting his community.  Watch video

The Revolutionary Love Project, founded by civil rights leader and prophetic voice Valarie Kaur, inspires and equips people to build beloved community where they are, teaching ten core practices of revolutionary love, backed by research and infused with ancestral wisdom. They center the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities in their educational tools, training courses, artwork, music, and stories. In an era of great transition, they believe that we can birth a world where we see no stranger. Each of us has a role. When we lead with love, we labor with joy.