“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6 (NIV)
United Methodists around the world will gather to pray and lament for the racism in our midst. Hear God’s call to join in the work of dismantling racism and pressing on to freedom for all.
On our Bookshelves
“By not running from books that pain us, we can allow them to change us.” -Ibram Kendi, author of How to Be an Anti-Racist
Each month, the Social Justice Task Force highlights a series of recommended books to help you grow in understanding and self-awareness on the issue of racial justice. A list of these books can be found here. Additional book recommendations can be found in the suggested resources and links below.
This month we are reading:
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Raising White Kids:Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinsonbla
“Christ invites us to leave behind the comforts of power and privilege that lure us away from following him to uncomfortable places and, instead, to move with intentionality toward the pain points in our local congregations, communities, denomination, and world. Only then will we effectively interrupt narratives that defend and accommodate racist behavior.” -Erin Hawkins, Secretary of the UMC General Commission on Race and Religion
Where Do I Start?
White privilege. Implicit bias. Police brutality. Racial profiling. There is so much to learn about the injustices of race in our nation and our world. As a people who believe that we are all created in the image of God, and yet are deeply aware of our own human errors, where do we begin? Where do we start when we do not yet know what we don’t know?
The links below offer a wide variety of resources for those taking the next step in the journey to creating and becoming the anti-racist kingdom of God. They have been organized by time commitment. Whether you are only dipping your toes in the water or are ready to take a deep dive, there are resources available to you.
I have 15 minutes:
I have an afternoon:
I want to go all in:
Resources for Families
It is never too soon, and your children are never too young, to begin the work of becoming anti-racist. Below you will find a wide variety of resources, broken down by media type, to help you begin to have hard conversations and take steps toward shaping a generation of individuals committed to justice for all of God’s children.
Movies, Video Clips, and Podcasts: