Pastor Steve shared on Pentecost Sunday that part of our Christian action toward the larger Black community in the US is to “listen to learn.” To help us do that, here are a few resources.

  • Click Here to download the script from our June 7th Lament Service.

In addition, here are some books and other media that some of our staff and leadership boards have found helpful to them (with children’s resources marked *). Also, please see our Facebook-Local page, where members of our community have been posting resources.

  • “13th.” Explores the history of race and criminal justice in the US and how mass incarceration is essentially the extension of slavery even after the 13th amendment abolished it. Helped me to understand how systems are set up intentionally to oppress. (Jennie Ro) 
  • “The 1619 Project.” This multi-media web project provides a different historical perspective regarding slavery and how it impacts our society today. (Melissa Ho)
  • Campaign Zero. This campaign’s mission is about informing folks about mechanisms of injustice, specifically created by police institutions; at the same time, it illuminates many solutions on how to combat them. This helped me by providing many avenues to tackle corrupt systems in place. (Isaias Dawit)
  • *Marianne Celano, Something Happened in Our Town. This book (read aloud here) is about seeing both sides of racism, through the eyes of children. This reading is a straight shot to starting needed dialogues; a friend of mine has used it to talk to her young students. (Isaias Dawit) 
  • Ta-Nahisi Coates, Between the World and Me. This book is a personal essay about race and the experience of a “Black body” in America, starting from Coates’s growing up in Baltimore and his going to college at Howard in DC. Honest and searching, it’s beautiful writing, and it gave me a vivid picture of his experience as a Black person in this country. (Carl Park)
  • Eric Mason, “Woke Church.” This is a talk about how all injustice is a gospel issue; it verbalized what we must care about as Christians. This talk helped me understand Jesus’ heart to stop injustice. (Isaias Dawit) 
  • Soong-Chan Rah, Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times. This book is part of a series whose aim “is to have one finger in the ancient Scriptures, another in the daily newspaper and another touching the heart, all the while pointing to Jesus Christ.” This was helpful to learn more deeply the role of lament as a form of protest to injustice. (Melissa Ho)
  • *Mildred Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I read this book in grade school, and it left a lasting impression on me. It is told from the perspective of a child. I plan to re-read this with my 7-year-old and discuss it as we go along. It was also one of the resources mentioned on the CMA Panel! (Joy Lee)