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Racism, Reconciliation, and the Modern Church

This resource list examines racism and reconciliation within the Christian church. It explains the role of the church in historical and modern-day racism, reviews wide-ranging perspectives on the meaning and process of reconciliation to Christians, and illuminates the potential role of the church in building beloved community. It includes a detailed list of podcasts and ecumenical and denominational organizations that can be support resources for individual Christians committed to antiracism.

I will be the first to admit that the Church generally sucks at understanding and living into racial reconciliation. Christian attempts at racial justice and reconciliation - especially intersectional justice and reconciliation - are often marked more by brokenness than hope. This brokenness is evident in some of the resources here. I do not agree with the perspectives of all of the authors, speakers, or organizations here. Some of these organizations have histories marked by racial and gender oppression. Some of the books gesture toward the sort of reconciliation that I critique as anemic. But I - like all of us - now see in a mirror dimly lit. And even amidst the brokenness and division, there is hope in the fact that these writers and organizations are taking up a topic that the Church would often rather ignore, and I want to honor that here by listing Christian organizations that have a significant emphasis on antiracism and racial reconciliation.

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Required Reading

I Bring the Voices of My People (intro, ch. 4-5)

I’m Still Here

Forgive Us

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Divided by Faith

Dear White Christians

Reconcile

The Color of Compromise

For Further Study

The Death of Race

Reconciliation

The Church Enslaved

Unsettling Truths

A Black Theology of Liberation

Stand Your Ground

Ferguson and Faith

Rethinking Incarceration

Trouble I’ve Seen

White Awake

Reconciling All Things

Healing Our Broken Humanity

Be the Bridge

Lynched

Conquest

Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys

America’s Original Sin

The Myth of Equality

WATCH

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

LISTEN

Combing the Roots with Ally Henny

Freedom Road

HER with Amena Brown

Hope & Hard Pills

Parenting Forward

Pass the Mic

Profane Faith

Prophetic Resistance

Truth’s Table