Curated anti-racism resources to help you and your congregation learn, pray, and act.

WEBINARS & ONLINE GATHERINGS

Online Protest: A Seven-Day Non-Violent Livestream  Offered by The King CenterJune 2 to June 8 daily @ 7:00 p.m. EST

It’s Hard to Understand Antiracism When You Don’t Understand What It Means to Be Racist  Ibram X. Kendi panel discussion

The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbrey  The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr’s sermon preached May 17 followed by a panel discussion

Becoming the Body of Christ: Condemning White Supremacy  Southeastern Synod ELCA-hosted webinar on May 21

Poor People’s Campaign Rally Broadcast June 20, 2020

STATEMENTS & ARTICLES

ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge

This Is The Day: We Are A Nation in Distress Letter from ELCA Bishop Eaton – June 5, 2020

Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity ELCA – Adopted August 9, 2019

Civil Rights Coalition Letter on Federal Policing Priorities Signed by ELCA

Statement on Systemic Racism North Carolina Council of Churches – June 2, 2020

Statement on Protests Across the Country National Council of Churches – June 5, 2020

Statement on Racism in US from the All Africa Council of Churches

The Church Must Combat Racism At Its Roots Lutheran World Federation featuring Bishop Patricia A. Davenport

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired by Rev. Tiffany C. Chaney

The Stewardship of White Privilege in the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death by Rev. Dr. Yolanda Denson and Shari Seifert

RESOURCES

Racial Equity Tools – Tools, tips, research, ideas, and curricula to achieve racial equity

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Anti-Racism Resources for White People  by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein, May 2020

Books & Teaching Tips on Race and Racism Building Faith

A Short Family Guide to Supporting Racial Justice Now by Wendy Claire Barrie

Racism: An Additional Curated List of Resources by Sharon Ely Pearson – practical tools and ideas for families

Resources for Responding to Systemic Racism UMC Discipleship Ministries

Anti-Racism Resources National Council of Churches’ A.C.T. Now! to End Racism

Making Difficult Conversations Easier A Bibliography by Rev. Mary Hinkle Shore, Ph.D.

Poor People’s Campaign

Major Themes of Racial Justice – documented by The Equal Justice Institute and Legacy Museum

STUDIES, GUIDES, & CURRICULUM

Talking Together as Christians about Tough Social Issues  ELCA

Sacred Conversation on Race  UCC

Biblical Advocacy 101  Christian Reformed Church

A Restorative Racial Justice Journey curriculum  UCC

Deep Blue Life: Faith and Culture – Anti-Racism Cokesbury – Children’s SS Curriculum

Resources for Adult Formation with an Emphasis on Race and Diversity Building Faith

Building Racial Justice Series ChurchNext

Dismantling Racism: A Youth Curriculum Church Publishing

White Privilege Study by TheThoughtfulChristian.com

Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the Church – ELCA

One Body, Many Members – ELCA

Responding to Racism Youth Study by TheThoughtfulChristian.com

For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World by The ThoughtfulChristian.com

Talking about Race – A guide from the National Museum of African-American History and Culture

PRAYERS, LITANIES, & WORSHIP RESOURCES

Prayers of the People and a Litany of Repentance and Commissioning for the Ministry of Justice and Reconciliation by the Episcopal Church

A Litany For Those Who Aren’t Ready For Healing by Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce

ELCA Commemoration of the Emmanuel Nine Worship Resources, Anti-Racism Pledge, & Additional Resources

Prayer for Comfort by Rev. Linda Bell

Litanies, Confessions, Prayers for Justice by Disrupt Worship Project

VIDEOS

The Day Fire Fell Down From Heaven (19 min) A Sermon by Rev. Kevin Vandiver

Deconstructing White Privilege (20 min) with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

True Colors (16 min) Two individuals, one black and one white, are sent to St. Louis to explore the differences in how they are treated.

The Lion and the Lamb (16 min) Sermon by John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC

New York Times Op Docs:

Let’s Talk Race A PRC Webinar led by Rev. Gary Smith

White Savior: Racism in the American Church Amazon Prime Video

Bold Gathering – Columbia, SC – May 23, 2020

A Time for Burning – A 1966 American documentary film (1 hour)

Silent Beats – Short film about first impressions and assumptions (6 min)

Click Video Below to Watch the Racial Justice Network’s Town Hall Conversation – 6.30.20

Town Hall Conversation

Join us for our Racial Justice Network launch – as we enter into listening and conversation with Pastor Kenneth Wheeler, Pastor Brenda Smith and Pastor Tiffany Chaney. You can join the network at www.racialjusticenetworknc.org.

Posted by NC Synod, ELCA on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Austin Channing Brown
Austin Channing BrownWriter, Speaker, Producer
At my Christian elementary school, we sang, “Jesus loves the little children…red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in his sight.” In alignment with this song, white people often professed, “I don’t even see color,” reassuring me that I would be safe from racism with them. And yet, I learned pretty early in life that while Jesus may be cool with racial diversity, America is not. The ideology that whiteness is supreme, better, best, permeates the air we breathe—in our schools, in our offices, and in our country’s common life. White supremacy is a tradition that must be named and a religion that must be renounced. When this work has not been done, those who live in whiteness become oppressive, whether intentional or not.
The Rev. Michael Curry
The Rev. Michael CurryPresiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church
The reality is, racism was baked into the very fabric, if you will, of the cake of our country. I really do believe that we’ve got to face the pain of our past and then work together to create new ways to create a new future.
The Rev. Lamont A. Wells
The Rev. Lamont A. WellsNational President of African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA); Program Director for LuMin/ Campus Ministry in the ELCA
We must abandon our lust for oppressive power, wealth and even our own comfort for the sake of fulfilling God’s fulfillment to love others. Throughout history, people have been hurt by this very particular sin. Therefore, we the people of African descent of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America can receive this apology as a divine mark of repentance that serves as a catalyst for change.
The Rev. Tiffany C. Chaney
The Rev. Tiffany C. ChaneyAssociate Director for African Descent Ministries in the ELCA
It’s been almost 56 years since Fannie Lou Hamer declared she was sick and tired of being sick and tired and we are still sick and tired of being sick and tired today.

Hear the cries of your siblings this Pentecost and let it blow you in to new ways of being church for the betterment of God’s children.

What would happen if even more we started really hearing and understanding the language spoken by our neighbor—the language of our lived experiences? The Holy Spirit is blowing among us, sparking a fire within us, sending us out, opening our ears to hear the voices that go unheard among us, inviting us to move beyond hearing and understanding to action—to be the hands and voice and feet of God in the community. To share the story of Jesus.