NEWTOWN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH United Church of Christ
NEWTOWN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHUnited Church of Christ

ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

Racial Justice Initiative

We want to eradicate racism.

We hope that you will join this journey.

We believe our faith calls us to stand on the side of the oppressed, to love those facing inequality, and to expand our hearts and minds in understanding what racism is all about.

Sacred Conversations on Race are comfortably structured encounters led by our pastors along with Racial Justice Team (RJT) members. Participants are invited to participate in conversations that address a variety of topics about racism and how we can help to bring about change.

We want to hear your voice...join with the RJT for nonjudgmental conversation on race, race relations, racial injustice, and more via the virtual platform of Zoom. Invitations are sent via email, so notify the NCC office of your interest.

We acknowledge that while we are in these Sacred Conversations, we are in the presence of God and  therefore meet as the beloved community of Christ and speak with the utmost respect for one another, seeking not to convince or persuade but to first to understand one another.

 

The NCC Global Community Ministry/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 (black, indigenous, and people of color) in our community and in our world. 

There are multiple ways to engage in this work and not everyone is capable of or desires to join a rally, protest, or march at this time due to health and safety concerns in the midst of this pandemic, but we are all capable of learning our entire lives long how to reconcile and heal the world around us in our own ways. The resources below reflect the multiple individual paths toward justice and healing. Please explore them and discern which  might spark your interest and be right for you. (Note: The blue underlined resource listings are links to sites; black font 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)
  • How to Be An Antiracist (by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Between the World and Me (by Ta Nehesi-Coates)
  • Stamped From The Beginning (by Ibram X. Kendi)
  • Stamped (by Ibrim X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds)
  • 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 www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com)
  • 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

Other


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