06.12.20 | Advocacy and Action, Racial Justice
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. And justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
Why is the church talking about racial justice?
- United Methodist Social Principles and Resolutions on Racism
- Church should be a sanctuary for having difficult conversations
- MLK’s four key principles of prophetic witness for church leaders
- "Why, as Christians, We Must Oppose Racism" by Bishop Desmond Tutu
why do people keep bringing up race or denying that racism exists?
- Race: The Power of an Illusion, Episode 1. We are all part of the human race. Race is a social construct. This 15-minute video from the Ford Foundation explores the difference between us.
- What is Internalized Oppression? The truth is all humans, regardless of social status, are made in the Image of God with inherent worth and value. The lies of oppression and internalized oppression, say this isn’t so.
- Deconstructing White Privilege
Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, taken from the General Commission on Religion and Race’s series, “Vital Conversations
What are some beginning steps to engage?
- Get to know someone who doesn’t look or think like you. Download this resource sheet for help with that.
- Be aware of your own implicit biases. You can start by taking the Implicit Association Test on race. Learn more.
- Do your own work to be a level 4 change agent: acting as a role model, taking action when appropriate, and addresses others' behaviors when necessary.
- Learn about how to have conversations about race and consider convening a small group.
Centers for Learning More
On her blog, Debbie Irving, a racial justice educator and author, provides great questions to start conversations about race, including: