Six New Things

Rev. Jia Starr Brown has put together a stellar group of preachers, artists and authors to bring us Journey to Freedom: Embracing God’s Cultural Mosaic of People. The Ministry Lab is extremely proud to join United Theological Seminary and a host of other churches and organizations in sponsoring this extraordinary opportunity for community growth. DO THIS!! It’s going to be amazing.

Other excellent online and print personal and communal growth opportunities around antiracism, available right now:

MN Annual Conference UCC’s Justice Talk to Justice Walk: Building Awareness, Strengthening Our Resolve kicks off June 30 @ 7:00 PM CST and features Rev. Traci Blackmon (UCC Associate General Minister); Rev. Gary Green & Rev. Justin Tabia-Sanis (both United Theological Seminary faculty); and Samantha Fuentes (Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting survivor and March for Our Lives leader).

The MN Conference UCC and other UCC bodies are also offering Youth and Young Adults Connecting for Racial Justice, online gatherings for giving voice to the unrest youth and young adults are experiencing and to support one another in their work for racial justice.

WE CAN’T BREATHE: Virtual Conversations on Systemic Racism: Professor Joe R. Feagin (Texas A&M), along with Minnesota antiracist activists and scholars, hosts two more 90-minute conversations, July 12 & 19 at 2:00 PM CST.

MennoMedia’s Challenging Racism: Youth Curriculum on Dismantling Racism is a four-session, downloadable Bible study that examines racism and challenges students to work at changing systems that oppress people of color.

YA author Jason ReynoldsFortifying Imagination interview on OnBeing (with Kristin Lin) is summarized in The Pause, during which he discusses his new book, written with fellow acclaimed author Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), which includes a free educator guide.

Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky (illustrator) encourage us to take baby steps toward antiracism as we follow Antiracist Baby Board Books (Kokila) nine easy steps for building a more equitable world; and as powerful as it is beautiful, Freedom, We Sing! (Flying Eye) is a picture book designed to inspire readers and invite kids to ask what it means to be free.

Wes Moore and Erica L. Green bring us back to Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City (Penguin Random House), which tells the story of the Baltimore uprising through the author’s personal observations and through the eyes of other Baltimoreans.