Racial Justice


GET INVOLVED!

A Conference-wide Racial Justice Task Force has organized to gather resources and encourage congregations to engage in conversations around race, as we lead up to General Synod 2019 in Milwaukee. If you and you congregation are interested in participating in this group, you are welcome. There is a contact person in each association. To send an email, click on the name.  Just let us know you are interested!

Phil Haslanger – SWA
James Schleif – SEA
Larry Littlegeorge – NWA
Bridget Flad Daniels – NEA
Lisa Hart  – Conference staff

 

RESOURCES FOR CONVERSATIONS ON RACE

White Privilege: Let’s Talk—A Resource for Transformational Dialogue

This is an adult curriculum created by the United Church of Christ that’s designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race.

“As an extension of our ongoing commitment to Sacred Conversations on race, it is time that this still largely white denomination wrestle with its investment in whiteness, and learn all it can about the manifestations and impact of White Privilege,” said the Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president. “This Curriculum, written by five gifted authors with decades of experience teaching about race and privilege, is presented to enable such dialogue to take place at every level of the Church.”

This curriculum is available on the UCC web site, downloadable in PDF format, and is free of charge. It can be used by any church regardless of size or budget.  Divided into four focused parts, each one introduces a different aspect of the dynamic of white privilege.  The materials include questions for discussion and reflection.  Resources include Curriculum and Lesson Outline, and Facilitator Resources.    Learn more and download here >

*NOTE: If your church uses this curriculum. we would love to hear from you regarding how the experience impacted your congregation. You can email us at resourcecenter@wcucc.org or enter your comments here>

 

Racial Equity Study Guide

On Behalf of Our Children: Wisconsin’s Racial Disparities and the Call of the Gospel – A Study-Action Guide for Wisconsin Congregations

This excellent curriculum was created by the Wisconsin Council of Churches’ Peace and Justice Commission. It is user-friendly and aimed at majority white churches that have not had many, if any, discussions on race. In this time of division and anger in our country and state, we need to find ways to talk about differences and resolve conflicts that are often caused by lack of understanding of another group of people.  Learn more >

 

A Curriculum on the Bible and Race

This is a curriculum that puts together several Biblical passages with various facts, questions and situations dealing with racial issues. It is becoming very clear to more people that issues of race in the United States need serious consideration, discussion and action; and for Christians, the Bible should be the foundation for our thinking about social, moral and political issues.

There is a question, of course, about the authority that an individual Biblical passage should have, and about the way passages should be interpreted. Virtually no one takes Jesus literally when he says that if our hand causes is to sin, we should cut it off; and if our eye causes us to sin, we should pluck it out.  Likewise, we do not take Paul literally when he imposes different demands on women than on men. One of the issues of this study should be to discuss how seriously, literally and extensively we should take the passages which are presented.

The producers of this curriculum hope that using it may facilitate good discussions and maybe even actions based on those discussions.  We also see the curriculum as one way to discuss racial issues in preparation for the 2019 General Synod of the UCC being held in Milwaukee. Learn more and download here >

 

Addressing Racism and Prejudice – We Are All Equal in God’s Eyes

A lesson plan for youth groups, by Heather Vanderkin, Lay Academy participant

Heather Vanderkin developed this curriculum on racism and prejudice for the youth group at her church after reading the book “The Cross and the Lynching Tree” in her Faith Foundations Lay Academy class. Access the curriculum here>

 

Rev. Zayna Thomley offers up a sermon: “Food for Thought: A racial justice sermon.”

Access the sermon here>

Detour-Spotting for white anti-racists by Joan Olsson

As the article states: “For white people living in North America learning to be anti‐racist is a re‐education process. We must unlearn our thorough racist conditioning to re‐educate and re‐condition ourselves as antiracists. There is scant social or political encouragement for this journey of re‐education. We are constantly tempted to detour off course by the racist propaganda of society and our own guilt and denial. In the face of society’s and our own resistance, sustaining the will to continue this journey takes bold and stubborn effort.” Read the entire article>

Sacred Conversations on Race resource guide

This guide was produced by the United Church of Christ in 2008 and will help you plan your congregation’s conversation on race with ideas and resources. Access the guide here>

 


VIDEOS

“The Disturbing History of the Suburbs”

This insightful video illustrates just one historic systemic factor contributing to racial inequality in the United States. Worth viewing!  View>

“Inclusion Starts With I”

Diversity vs Inclusion vs Belonging:  “Diversity is simply having representation. Inclusion is when people get invited to be at the table. And belonging … is the emotional connection that people are feeling to each other and to the organization.”  —Ellyn Shook, Accenture   View>


BOOKS

  • The Cross the Lynching Tree” by James Cone
  • Disciplines of the Spirit” by Howard Thurman
  • Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Dear White Christians” by Jennifer Harvey
  • Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson
  • America’s Original Sin” by Jim Wallace
  • Tears We Cannot Stop” by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Evicted” by Matthew Desmond
  • The End of White Christian America” by Robert P. Jones
  • Anxious to Talk about It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism” by Carolyn Helsel. Available from Chalice Press


OTHER RESOURCES

Love Over Fear

Love Over Fear is an ecumenical effort to counter hate language. Learn more >

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