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Our NCC Racial Justice Team has compiled a list of resources to aid each of us in our continued study as Christians and as a people concerned for the safety and well-being of BIPOC folks (black, indigenous, and people of color) in our community and in our world. 


We are reminded that there are multiple ways to engage in this work. Not everyone is capable of or desires to join a rally, protest, or march at this time for health and safety concerns in the midst of this pandemic, but we are all capable of learning our entire lives long. We are reminded that we all learn, reconcile, and heal the world around us in our own ways; these resources reflect the multiple individual paths toward justice and healing.


In addition to several congregation-wide conversations that we will begin in the very near future, please explore these resources and discern which of these might spark your interest and be right for you.

 (Note: The blue underlined resource listings are links to sites; the black underlined items are books)

Resources for Children


Resources for Youth

  • The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
  • A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (edited by Patrice Caldwell)
  • Trevor Noah: Born A Crime (Trevor Noah)


Resources for Parents


Books for Adults

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DeAngelo
  • Between the World and Me by Ta Nehesi-Coates
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
  • My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies (Menakem)
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?:And Other Conversations about Race by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Me and White Supremacy: A 28-day journey to kickstart your life-long anti-racism work by Layla Saad (online book available at
  • The White Ally Toolkit Workbook: Using Active Listening, Empathy, and Personal Storytelling to Promote Racial Equity by David, W. Campt
  • Praying with James Baldwin , a free theological devotional series based on the writings of James Baldwin


Movies for Adults and Older Youth




2020 Virtual Summer Camp Opportunity:

  • NCC is partnering with Mothers United Against Violence, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Silver Lake to create a multi-racial, multi-church four-week long (one hour per week) Summer camp experience in your own home this Summer (2020)! Keep your eyes out for more details and an invitation to join coming your way soon.


Questions? Suggestions for our list? Want to join our NCC Racial Justice Team? Be in touch at anytime. Until then, may your continued journey into anti-racism work be a blessed and fruitful one.



The NCC Racial Justice Team


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