Engage and Respond

In a world of polarization and violence, we are called to be people of one mind and one heart. Not the one mind of the Democratic party. Or the Republican party. We are to be people directed by the mind of Christ. 

We seek to be a people of prophetic faith, who know that there are important battles within the heart and in the structures and systems of the world around us, and seek to embody his purpose and passion in every area of life.

Below are some resources to help you engage with the history of our nation and the Church in perhaps a new way, that recognizes there is a pandemic of systemic racism we must face.  Resources for families with children can be found here.

May you be moved to respond in prophetic ways in your families, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

  1. American Racism: We've Got So Very Far To Go
  2. Committing to Change, Locally: An Introduction
  3. Dr. King on the cause of the 1967 Detroit Riots
  4. Black Wall Street
  5. Bryan Stevenson Wants to Liberate People from the Lie That Their Life Doesn't Matter
  1. The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
  2. Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores by Dominique DuBois Gilliard
  3. I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  4. The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
  5. Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  6. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  7. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  8. Beyond Colorblind by Sarah Shin
  9. Brown Church by Robert Chao Romero
  10. Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah

  1. Systemic Racism Explained (short video)
  2. Just Mercy (Movie; film discussion guide)
  3. When They See Us (Netflix series)
  4. True Justice (Documentary) 
  5. Slavery by Another Name (Documentary) 
  6. I Am Not Your Negro (Documentary) 
  7. Interview with James Cone
  8. Sermon from Otis Moss III
  9. Devotional from Efrem Smith
  10. River Sermon on 4 Ways of Being in the World (06/07/20)

  1. Racial Righteousness & Lament Playlist
  2. Truth's Table (podcast; Multiethnic church series) 
  3. Pass the Mic (podcast; Jemar Tisby episode)
  4. Jude 3 Project (podcast)
  5. Be the Bridge (podcast)

  1. Host a watch party to view one of the films (above) and discuss it in community.
  2. Launch a book club to read one of the books (above) in community.
  3. Engage with your children on these topics using resources provided by our children's director here.
  4. Support minority-owned businesses such as black-owned restaurants.
  5. Support food distribution programs and resources.
  6. Support local organizations such as City Team, Healing Grove Health Center, and PACT.
  7. Engage with your city council and local elections, pay attention to the decisions being made and be a voice for equity.
  8. Engage with your local school board and look for issues of racial inequity in your school system.
  9. Fight the school-to-prison pipeline and advocate for restorative justice programs in schools.
  10. Research more about an issue that matters to you and find out if there are local leaders or organizations doing something about it that you can partner with.

Support for injured community organizer Derrick Sanderlin

This is by no means a conclusive list of all the possible ways to engage and respond with issues of race and privilege. For more resources, check out this page from the Love Mercy, Do Justice team in our denominational office or this list from the InterVarsity Diversity team.