“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR BILL
What should I do? What do I say? Do I even understand the real issues? These are questions that have come to my mind as a follower of Jesus and leader in His church as I consider the ugly reality of racism in our country. God throughout the Bible is clear on His love for all people, that all people are bearers of His image, and He does not tolerate social and racial injustice (see prophets).
So as we desire to grow and reflect the love of God in our own lives we thought we’d pass on some resources for you to consider. Below are books, podcasts, articles, even movies that have been helpful to myself and others I trust. Let’s grow in our understanding by continuing the conversations with friends of a different color than yourself as well as individually educate ourselves. Let’s also remember to lovingly encourage others to join us on this journey and pray that God protects us from self-righteousness in the process.
As always, when reading, listening or watching the resources below, I expect all of us to filter everything through the truth of God’s Word. Receive what resonates with God and His heart and reject that which contradicts. Let’s have a posture of grace and truth while we learn.
I’m committed to growing with you in thinking, loving and living like Jesus.
— Bill Towne, Lead Pastor
RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES
Below are resources that can help you understand and educate yourself about racial reconciliation.
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White by Daniel Hill
Roadmap to Reconciliation by Brenda Salter McNeil
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Healing Our Broken Humanity by Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Waking Up White by Debby Irving
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison
“Letters from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.
“Listening Well as a Person of Privilege” by Christena Cleveland
Pass the Mic by The Witness
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Just Mercy – free to stream during the month of June on Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Redbox, Vudu, Microsoft, and YouTube
Selma – available to rent
Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective – Tim Keller
Living Well | Featuring Joi Hailey from Northwest Christian Church
“A Hidden History” by Walidah Imarisha, Oregon Humanities
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“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO DIG DEEPER
Below are links to additional racial equity resources for those that desire to dig deeper into further study. These resources are not intended for those that are first starting out.
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo