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Race & Faith
Race & Faith
Christ-followers are called to love our neighbors – and to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before our God. To become better listeners and learners, we have provided learning groups and recommending resources to help us learn more about racial reconciliation and justice. We hope that these groups and resources contribute to a lifetime of learning how each of us can become better informed, more understanding, and actively engaged in ending racism.
Gather a Group
We encourage you to gather a few people and start your own race and faith learning group. These short-term groups are centered around books, podcasts, and movies that allow for candid discussion and open conversations to grow together. Check out the leader toolkit for more information.
Gather your people.
- Invite family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers to engage in this important learning and dialogue with you.
Choose your resource.
- Look through the suggested resources below and choose a movie, book, or podcast episode to discuss as a group.
- Set a time, date, and location for your first group meeting. Consider meeting at a park, a restaurant, or your backyard!
Set group guidelines.
- While easy to overlook, group expectations are an important part of a successful group experience. We invite you to use our Group Guidelines for Group Leaders & Group Guidelines for Group Members as a guide.
Ask questions, share ideas, and have fun!
Resources for Racial Reconciliation
For People Who Are New to the Conversation
- Being White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic World | Paula Harris & Doug Schaupp
- White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White | Daniel Hill
- The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change | Brenda Salter McNeil
- Be the Bridge | Latasha Morrison
- Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence from a Changing Church | Soong-Chang Rah
- Beyond Colorblind | Sarah Shin
Books for Children
- Ethnicity & Faith | Blackhawk Church, 2016
- Digging Deeper into Politics & Faith | Next Steps Podcast, Blackhawk Church Teaching Team
- That Sounds Fun Podcast, Pastor Mike Kelsey
UNDERSTANDING GOD’S MULTICULTURAL VISION FOR HIS KINGDOM
- Race & Faith teaching series, Blackhawk Church, 2020
- A New Humanity United By the Cross | Ephesians: Beyond Measure teaching series, Charles Yu, 2019
- #Race | #trending teaching series, Charles Yu, 2019
- Race teaching series, Blackhawk Church, 2015
UNDERSTANDING HOW HUMAN NATURE INTERSECTS WITH THE PROBLEM OF RACISM
- Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart | Christena Cleveland
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do | Jennifer L. Eberhardt
UNDERSTANDING HOW CHRISTIAN FAITH INTERSECTS WITH THE PROBLEM OF RACISM
- United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race | Curtiss Paul DeYoung, George Yancey, & Karen Chair Kim
- Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America | Michael O. Emerson & Christian Smith
- Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference | Timothy Keller & John Inazu
- The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism | Jemar Tisby
- How to Fight Racism | Jemar Tisby
- How We Love Matters: a Call to Practice Relentless Racial Reconciliation | Albert Tate
- The Color of Compromise | Amazon Prime
- Pass the Mic | The Witness Podcast
UNDERSTANDING WHERE WE ARE & HOW WE GOT HERE
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness | Michelle Alexander
- Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery | Mark Charles & Soong-Chan Rah
- Stamped from the Beginning | Ibram Kendi
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America | Richard Rothstein
- 13th | Netflix
- Reconstruction: America after the Civil War | PBS
- Slavery and the Making of America | PBS
- Slavery by Another Name | PBS
Statements From Our Denomination & Other Evangelical Institutions
Prayer and a Plea for Our Nation | Dallas Theological Seminary
Statement from EFCA President Kevin Kompelien | Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)
Once Again Racism Necessitates Response | Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)
NAE Addresses Racial Turmoil, Calls for Action | National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)
TIU Stands United with Victims of Racial Injustice | Trinity International University, EFCA Denominational Seminary