Four North Shore pastors started a conversation last week on racial justice and the church. One of the takeaways from the talk was to continue learning the history of racial injustice and listening to the stories of those who are different from you. Here are five resources recommended by the North Shore Gospel Partnership to further your exploration into issues of racial justice and reconciliation.
This book tellsa history we either ignore or just don’t know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Brown relates her story of being a black woman in a white American context. She shares her personal story with raw honesty that convicts and surprises, giving readers an inside perspective on what it’s like to not be white. Many brothers and sisters of color agree this story resonates with theirs as well.
Someday is Here (Podcast) with Vivian Mabuni
Vivian Mabuni looked around and noticed that many of her fellow Asian-Americans often felt mis-represented. In wider media, they were seen as the quiet, nerdy, over-achieving typecast and in an effort to tell more diverse stories of what it’s like to be Asian-American, she started Someday is Here. The show reminds the Asian-American community that their time is not someday, it’s today.
13th (Documentary, Netflix)
In this shocking and raw documentary, Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
Be the Bridge (Resource)
Birthed out of a desire to see unity in the church, Be The Bridge to Racial Unity was founded to foster conversations about reconciliation. Without sugar-coating, they seek to help others understand the black community and how all can work together to build the Kingdom of God.