Racial Reconciliation Resources

“He has shown you, oh man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

The prophet Micah gave God’s expectation of those who would follow Him, that their lives would be marked with justice, mercy and humility. The evil of racism and the turmoil our country is facing is not new, but it must end. We want to respond as Christ-followers, leaning into the heart of God for those who are suffering and marginalized. It may require humility and a posture of learning for some, attitudes of mercy for others, and standing for justice by all.

These resources are a starting point for dialogue and contemplation. We recognize that much of it is focused on the black American conversation as well as speaking explicitly to white America. Because this is the emphasis of the current discussion in our country, we will tilt this way right now, but we are committed to looking at racism from every experience.

Video…

The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation, a message by Pastor Miles McPherson.

A Conversation about Social and Racial Justice with Efrem Smith and John Ortberg

A Conversation About Racism and Christianity with Da’T.R.U.T.H. and Sam Collier

Skin in the Game, a conversation about race, racism and faith with Andy Stanley, Sam Collier and Joseph Sojourner.

What Is Systemic Racism by Dr. Tony Evans

Is There Racism in the Church Today? Interview with Dr Tony Evans

What’s One Thing You Wish White Evangelicals Knew About Racial Reconciliation with Thabiti Anyabwile

Justice by The Bible Project

The Danger of a Single Story with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Color Blind or Color Brave by Mellody Hobson

How To Overcome Our Bias:? Walk Boldly Toward Them by Vernā Myers

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality on HBO

13th, a documentary on Netflix

The Uncomfortable Truth a documentary on Amazon Prime

Books…

Black and White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time by Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White by Daniel Hill

Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice by Dr. Eric M Mason

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O. Emerson

Dream with Me: Race, Love and the Struggle We Must Win by John Perkins

Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community by Charles Marsh and John Perkins

The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Beyond Colorblind: Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey by Sarah Shin

Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehshi Coates

Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times by Soong-Chan Rah

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

We Are Not Equal Yet: Understanding our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue

One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love by John Perkins and Karen Waddles

Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison

Oneness Embraced: Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and How We are Stronger Together by Dr. Tony Evans

Other…

The Other America, Dr. Martin Luther King on rioting as the language of the unheard

Be the Bridge: 10 Things Every Racial Bridge-Builder Should Know by Bethebridge.com

3 Reasons Why I Stand with the Protestors by Thabiti Anyabwile

Cultivating a Heart for Justice & Equity

Many people have been thinking about and asking for resources for getting more equipped and educated about prejudices and inequity in our society, especially concerning racial inequity. While there is so much out there, we wanted to highlight a few to get you started. These opinions, ideas and resources might challenge you, inspire you, and hopefully will help us to continue to build resources for ourselves in the continuous journey of orienting our lives around Jesus’ command to love our neighbors.

Want more? Have suggestions? Reach out to us at info@blueoakschurch.org.

PODCASTS

  • Essential by Corey Leak
  • Pass the Mic
  • Black&
  • Speaking of Racism
  • Hope & Hard Pills

TED TALKS & SHORT VIDEOS

QUICK(ER) READS

LONGER READS

MOVIES
Note: While it is helpful to watch films that provide awareness and education, it is also valuable to seek out films written and produced and pioneered by members of diverse minority identified folks.

  • Just Mercy (2019)
  • Selma (2015)
  • Ruby Bridges (1998)