During the month of January, GCORR examined human (race) relations and the role of our Church in helping us tackle difficult conversations as we move forward together. We invited Church leaders to submit personal reflections, share recommended readings and resources, and join our Twitter chat. We also created GCORR-specific resources. Please peruse the following list to see what might help you continue this vital conversation–in your work on behalf of the Church as well as in the life of your local congregation. And we’d be glad to add other recommended resources. Email us using our contact form.
Annual Conference Resources
- Global Racism and Xenophobia: The United Methodist Church affirms the United Nations principles relating to global racism and xenophobia
Study and Worship Resources
- African American History Month Devotional
- Racism in the Central Conferences
- A Guide to Viewing the Movie “Selma”
- Top 5 Resources for Community Dialogue on “Selma”
- #Selma50: A listing of multimedia resources from Orpah.com
- Faithlink – Crisis in Ferguson, Missouri: The shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer caused demonstrations and violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Why has the shooting generated such intense violence? How does our Christian faith guide us as we seek to understand and address the issues?
- Faithlink – Persistent Racism: Recent news reports show that racism persists in spite of landmark legal decisions and great progress over the past few decades. How can Christians witness to God’s desire for human equality and justice?
- Faithlink – The George Zimmerman Verdict: The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin reignited controversies about race, violence, and justice in the United States. Why has this verdict provoked such strong responses? How can Christians contribute faithfully to the national conversation about the verdict?
- Faithlink – Racism and The Great Debaters: The movie The Great Debaters, based on the successful debate team at Wiley College, offers glimpses into racism in the United States. What issues from the African American experience of racism challenge today’s church and world?
- Faithlink – Racism: A Lingering Problem: The Jena 6 situation raises questions about racism. How far have we come in our efforts to eradicate racism? What more can Christians do to combat this deeply rooted evil?
- National Coalition Building Institute: The National Coalition Building Institute is an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression.
Quizzes and Infographics
- Stereotypes Vs. Generalizations
- Diversity Training: What We Do Not See
- Affirm Diversity; Challenge Racism
- Across America, whites are biased and they don’t even know it
- Building Relationships Across Racial Divides
- The Breath of Life
- Do Something More
- Journey to Centenary UMC
- Bishop Whites’ “Letter to Martin“
- From a Reign of Privilege to a Reign of God
- Q&A With Maurita Bowie of GCORR
- If I Were…
- Selma: More than a Movie
- A Pastoral Letter to White Americans
- After Grand Jury Rulings, What is the Church’s Witness?
- Race: The Power of an Illusion
- The Danger of a Single Story: Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
- Racism is Still the Global Issue That No One Wants to Talk About
- Frederick Douglass’ Irish Sojourn: A bracing look at his encounters with poverty and prejudice across the Atlantic
Resources from GCORR’s January Twitter Chat on Human (Race) Relations
- White Privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack
- Enter the River: Healing Steps from White Privilege Toward Racial Reconciliation
- Circles of Grace is an invitation to all of us to consider how we can engage the broken chaos of our world with and through the incarnated love of Jesus Christ. This link provides background information, resources for facilitating a Circle of Grace, worship resources as well as spiritual foundations.
- Race Matters
- Black Youth Project 100: Black Youth Project 100 is an activist member-based organization of black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all black people
- Cross and the Lynching Tree
- Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
- 10 Books on Racial Reconcilliation and the Church
- We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality.
- Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men