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Shalem Institue invites leaders to join Lerita Coleman Brown in taking “intentional quiet space to reflect on Howard Thurman’s life and book, Jesus and the Disinherited“.

OnBeing provides an amazing line-up of interviews and podcasts with exceptional voices, including Kristin Lin’s interview with Isabel Wilkerson (author of The Warmth of Other Suns) This History is Long; This History Is Deep; Annette Gordon-Reede and Titus Kaphar pondering, Are We Actually Citizens Here?; Layli Long Soldier considering The Freedom of Real Apologies; and Martha Park’s Reliquary: Histories Incarnate.

Rev. Frenchye Magee begins the MN Annual Conference UMC’s new weekly video series, Standing against Racism and Rev. Laquaan Malachi offers a commentary on Being a Better Anti-Racist; the MN Conference UCC’s new webinar series, Justice Talk to Justice Walk: Building Awareness, Strengthening Our Resolve, will feature Associate General Minister of the UCC, Rev. Traci Blackmon, exploring the question, Where Do We Go From Here? Lessons from Ferguson & Beyond; and the Basilica of St Mary invites us to join their Zoom: Grief in Our City: Can We Talk? with Jenny Schroedel & Don Samuels.

Jenny Schroedel also will lead this week’s (Tuesday, 2:00 PM CST) Co-Lab Webinar: Tools for Talking with Children & Teens about Grief and Trauma (email ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu for the zoom link); and The Ministry Lab has compiled a list of resources for facilitating these conversations, as well.

For some different perspectives, those utilizing Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility may find The Washington Post’s recent interview with her illuminating (and challenging!); As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock (Beacon) gives everyone not indigenous to this hemisphere some new insight; and University of Aukland’s Prof. Tracey McIntosh Imagines a Wold without Prisons.

If looking for a new approach to discussions of equity with children and teens Whose Right Is It? The Second Amendment and the Fight Over Guns (Henry Holt & Co.) or An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People (Beacon), may be helpful.

The Ministry Lab continues to update its resource lists for adults and children and teens for learning about anti-racism and ending white supremacy; activism suggestions can be found on our Congregational Life and At-Home Service and Outreach pages, as well.