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Resources for Churches Addressing Racial Justice

Last week, Redeemer City to City’s CEO, Steve Shackelford, released a statement acknowledging the several ways our organization has failed to live up our own best ideals of diversity, trans-denominational unity, and the importance of mercy and justice in ministry. We have failed, in short, to grant equal voice to Black and Latino/a partners in our strategy decisions, resources, and training materials.

As director of content development for CTC, I confess that while we have made efforts to diversify the voices we publish, we still operate from predominantly white evangelical mental frameworks, publishing agendas, ministry models, and power structures that exclude most marginalized voices. The truth is, it’s much easier to celebrate global diversity than to listen to brothers and sisters at home whose perspectives challenge and convict us.

City to City is committing to repentance, understanding how the gospel affects racial reconciliation and justice, and continued education about America’s—and the church’s—history of discrimination, segregation, and oppression.

We have compiled a list of resources below, created or recommended by leaders in our networks who we are listening to and learning from. We trust they can help you and your church to take this journey of repentance and discovery with us.

 

REPENTING OF OUR PERSONAL AND CORPORATE SIN

 

UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT RACE, JUSTICE, AND RECONCILIATION

Race and Ethnicity

 

Justice

 

Reconciliation

 

UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATION, SEGREGATION, AND OPPRESSION

  • Bryan Stevenson describes the long history of race-based injustice in the criminal justice system in a recent interview.

  • Redeemer’s Formed for Justice conference in 2018 makes the case for the sinful underpinnings of American exceptionalism and racism. This is a deeper dive that can be shown to a congregation, with proper preparation and debrief.

  • The documentary 13th on Netflix and the film Just Mercy are not explicitly Christian, but are powerful and informative.

 

This journey will require us—individually and as churches—to lament, confess, repent, and have hard conversations. The gospel compels us to take it. 

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