Six New Things

Twin Cities teacher, therapist, trauma specialist, visionary, and author Resmaa Menakem (My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathways to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies), joined Krista Tippet for an OnBeing interview: Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence, just before Covid quarantines came into effect. Tippet reflects on his insights and shares a plethora of practical tools, including a body practice designed by Menakem.

OnBeing also offers one of a slough of resources lists geared toward helping individuals and communities in the work of anti-racism and ending white supremacy culture. The Ministry Lab has compiled many of these resources into an Adult List and a Teen/Youth and Children List, which we continue to update regularly. You can also find lists from many of our regular publishers, including the PCUSA Store; The Upper Room; and Illustrated Ministries (particularly good for work with children).

The Presbyterian Church of the Twin Cities Area offers a list of Resources to Support Minneapolis Protests and RevGalBlogPals contributor Rev. Mary Austin shares a conversation with her African American daughter about Now What?, which invites white people to consider the work that is theirs to do.

The church has very particular ways to engage systemic transformations that lie ahead. There are numerous resources geared toward congregational conversations on anti-racism and ending white supremacy – specifically in and/or through the church – in the lists, above. New to Six New Things (for some unfathomable reason), is Lenny Duncan’s, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. (Broadleaf), Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin’s Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism (Skinner) and Sandhya Rani Jha‘s, Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines.

Specifically for clergy: Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s podcast Leading in an Age of Political Polarization; Carolyn Helsel’s, Preaching about Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders (Chalice); and Sharon Risher and Sherri Wood Emmons’, For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness after the Charleston Massacre (Chalice).

Please see the Adult and Teen/Youth & Children Resource Lists for many, many more excellent works to support you and your congregations in this essential work of moving toward God’s Beloved Community. And join upcoming Co-Lab Webinars geared toward empowering congregational leaders to move communities toward engagement and justice.