Six New Things

The American Library Association announced their 2020 Youth Media Award Winners, including Kwame Alexander‘s stunningly beautiful The Undefeated (Versify) and Jerry Craft‘s thoughtful New Kid. And it’s time for readers of all ages to “pay attention” to Khristi Lauren Adams‘, Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color (Broadleaf).

Congregational Leaders may want to head back to school with Prof. Anthony Bateza on The Challenge of Leadership: Ministering in an Election Year; Mark Yaconelli‘s The Art and Craft of Personal Storytelling; join Rob Bell for a Master Class in Communication; or find Courage to Lead: A Retreat Series for Faith Leaders at Camp Onomia.

Those with a passion for justice may find joy participating in Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020 National Convention or at The Naming Project‘s Adult Camp fundraiser for their Youth Summer Camp.

And folks of all ages will find something interesting at the Minnesota Conference of the UCC’s Outdoor Ministry lineup.

Those inclined to stay indoors may find hope in Eric F.H. Law‘s, Fear Not: Living Grace and Truth in a Frightened World (Chalice), which includes suggested activities, discussion questions and tips for creating small groups; the 20th Anniversary Edition of Fleming Rutledge‘s, Help My Unbelief (Eerdmans); or a cohort may want to join the Upper Room’s Online Classroom for Lent.

Give your youngest readers (and yourself!) some hope in these final winter days by sharing Binkle’s Time to Fly (Flyaway) and Little Mole Finds Hope (Beaming).


Resources on Race and Privilege

updated November 2019

Here is a list of resources on race and privilege gathered from our partner churches.  Contact us with your recommendations.

Cracking the Codes:  The System of Racial Inequity is a film with a Conversation Guide from World Trust.   A Trip to the Grocery Store is a free vignette from the film, accompanied by a discussion guide.
World Trust offers a series of film clips with discussion questions on racism and on justice and healing.  See their YouTube channel.
World Trust also offers How to Talk to Your Kids about Race, a two-hour home study with film clips, activities, and resources.  Healing Justice is the most recent film from World Trust.  See their tips for discussion.

Dialogues On:  Race (Sparkhouse) is a seven-week DVD study with leader guide and participant book.  White Savior is a documentary exploring the historic relationship between racism and American Christianity.

Raising Race Conscious Children is a resource for talking about race with young children.

Let’s Talk about Privilege is a set of three lessons for grades 1-5 from the Christian Reformed Church.

The Conversation We Must Have with Our White Children is a post from Courtney Martin of On Being.

Do’s and Don’t for Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Young Children is a post from Ijumaa Jordan.

Teaching about Race, Racism and Police Violence is a collection of resources from Teaching Tolerance.  Free film kits include a new film, An Outrage.

The Elephant in the Room: Conversations about Race with Youth is a series of videos with Evelyn Parker from Yale Youth Ministry Institute.

Engage from The Institute for Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary supports conversation with youth on contemporary topics, including race and mass incarceration.

Take the 30 Day Race Challenge from Jody Wiley Fernando.

In Under Our Skin, a video project from The Seattle Times, 18 people explain what terms like “microaggression” and “white fragility” mean to them.

Covenantal Restoration is a 12-film series on race and faith from The Work of the People.

Vital Conversations on Racism with Robin DiAngelo is a video from the UMC with discussion guide and quiz.  The General Commission on Religion and Race provides more videos and discussion guides, as well as resources on mass violence fueled by white supremacy.  More resources are available on DiAngelo’s website.  She speaks here on How white people prevent racial justice, and what they can do about it.

Fear of the Other is a DVD study from William Willimon.

Holding Up Your Corner (Abingdon) is a DVD study with F. Willis Johnson.  Facilitating Difficult Conversations is an excerpt.

Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations about Race is a four-part video series from Wesley Theological Seminary.

The UCC offers White Privilege – Let’s Talk and is introducing Sacred Conversations to End Racism, an 8-week curriculum.

Sacred Ground is a film-based dialogue series on race and faith from The Episcopal Church.

And Who is My Neighbor is a study on racial equity from Lutheran Social Service of MN.

Trinity Institute 2016 provides videos on racial justice with Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Kelly Brown Douglas and others.

ChurchNext offers online classes on racial justice with Michael Curry, Kelly Brown Douglas, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, and Jennifer Harvey.

Highlighting specific issues of inequity, What is Systemic Racism? is a short video series from Race Forward.  The Racial Justice Collaborative in Theological Education has curated a list of short videos and other digital resources.

Center for Courage & Renewal supports Telling Our Stories in Trustworthy Spaces.

Storying to Build an Atmosphere of Trust and Mutual Respect is a post from the APCE Advocate.

Showing Up for Racial Justice provides a Faith Action Kit.

I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary about James Baldwin, directed by Raoul Peck.

13TH, a documentary from Selma Director Ava DuVernay, recounts the history of racism in the United States and the creation of the prison industrial complex.

Seeing White is a 14-part documentary podcast exploring whiteness in America, from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.  The Invention of Race is an audio documentary from Duke.

Jim Crow of the North from Twin Cities PBS explores the origins of housing segregation in Minneapolis.

How to Talk about Race is a January 2018 podcast from MPR News with Kerri Miller.

The Talk is a documentary about the increasingly necessary conversation between parents of color and their children.

Race – The Power of an Illusion is a documentary exploring the assumptions we hold.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack is a classic essay by Peggy McIntosh.

How God as Trinity Dissolves Racism is a Sojourners article by Richard Rohr.

Short films from SALT include Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survivial, I Have a Dream, and Strange Fruit.

Facing Racism resources from the PC(USA) include study materials on The Confession of Belhar.

Popular Books
My Grandmother’s Hands
by Resmaa Menakem
White Fragility by Robin DiAngleo
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo     Talks at Google
Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
study materials from Young Clergy Women Project
Anxious To Talk About It:  Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism by Carolyn B. Helsel       Ten Myths
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V. Magee
Mindful of Race by Ruth King          excerpt
How to Be Less Stupid about Race by Crystal M. Fleming
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  by Beverly Daniel Tatum:  updated edition will release September 2017
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, see study guides
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Dear White Christians by Jennifer Harvey
A Good Time for the Truth:  Race in Minnesota
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G.I. Hart
support for discussion from RevGalBlogPals
Ferguson and Faith by Leah Gunning Francis
The Third Reconstruction by William J. Barber II
Forward Together by Barber
Stand Your Ground by Kelly Brown Douglas
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone; study guides available
But I Don’t See You as Asian:  Curating Conversations on Race by Bruce Reyes-Chow
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; interview
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
White Rage by Carol Anderson
White Like Me by Tim Wise:  see recent video
Fear of the Other by William Willimon
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
26 Books to Support Conversation on Race, Racism & Resistance, from Medium
Children’s Books that Tackle Race and Ethnicity, from the New York Times
A Bibliography on Prejudice, Tolerance and Diversity from Storypath
What Writers of Color Say We All Should Read Now, from the StarTribune


AntiRacism Resources

updated August 2015.  Here’s a short list of outstanding, current antiracism resources for adults and older youth.  Click titles for more information/preview.


In Five Steps for Using “Trip to the Grocery Store” to Talk about Race, World Trust offers a film clip and guide for small group discussion.  Other clips are available on their YouTube channel.

Mary Hess/Racial Justice Collaborative in Theological Education is developing this list of short videos available online.


Cracking the Codes:  The System of Racial Inequity (World Trust).  Downloadable conversation guide and access to learning modules.

Mirrors of Privilege:  Making Whiteness Visible (World Trust).  Downloadable conversation guide.

What Makes Me White?  (A.M. Sands).

Race:  The Power of an Illusion (California Newsreel).  Downloadable discussion guide.  PBS online companion.

Traces of the Trade (P.O.V.).  Extensive discussion materials, including ideas for faith communities.

Racing Across the Lines:  Changing Race Relations through Friendship by Deborah L. Plummer (Pilgrim Press, revised edition with DVD).  Book includes exercises for personal reflections, group dialogue, and spiritual practice.


Joseph Barndt, Becoming an Anti-Racist Church:  Journeying Toward Wholeness (Fortress, 2011) and Understanding and Dismantling Racism:  The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America (Fortress, 2007).

Paul Kivel, Uprooting Racism:  How White People Can Work for Racial Justice (New Society Publishers, 3rd edition, 2011).  Includes questions, exercises, suggestions for action.

Jennifer Harvey, ed., Disrupting White Supremacy from Within:  White People on What WE Need to Do (Pilgrim Press, 2008).

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2012).  A Study Guide and Call to Action is available.

Denominational Resources

The Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Antiracism Initiative features the DVD Becoming the Beloved Community.

The United Methodist Church has produced the video Truth and Wholeness:  Replacing White Privilege with God’s Promise.  A Leader’s Guide is downloadable.

Seeing the Face of God in Each Other, the antiracism training model of the Episcopal Church, is downloadable.

Sacred Conversation on Race is a United Church of Christ initiative.  The downloadable Resource Guide is supplemented with a series of two-page factsheets, also free to download.

The RCC also has a wide selection of resources on race and diversity for children.  Contact us for consultation.