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Anti-Racism Resources

Executive Presbyter, Sheryl Kinder-Pyle wrote on June 2, 2020

Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
do not forget the oppressed.
O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that those from earth may strike terror no more.

Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
do not forget the oppressed.
O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that those from earth may strike terror no more.
(Psalms 10 NRSV selected verses)

I am deeply saddened by the death of yet another victim of police abuse. George Floyd’s cries of “I Can’t Breathe” haunt us all.  We are angry, we are confused, we are overwhelmed with despair.  Our nation is in the midst of civil unrest.  Peaceful protests are being taken over by violence.  We cry out with the psalmist, how long O Lord?

My hope is that as people of faith we will find our voice.  We will speak out against the principalities and the structures that enable systemic racism to persist.  We will examine our own complicity and silence.  We will work for reconciliation and deep healing.  We will continue to be stunned.

God promises to hear our cries.  May God show us how to love our neighborhoods and to shine the light of Christ upon a nation in darkness.

 

Resources

Resources:

VIDEO:  J Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the PCUSA—“There’s Work to be Done”

VIDEO:  Presbytery Leaders:  A Prayer of Lament

Worship/Racism Resources…A Prayer, A Hymn & Other Anti- Racism Resources

Article:  Ministering In Times of Trauma

21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge:  concrete ideas of what you can do!

Protecting Your Church During Civil Unrest (from the Insurance Board)

Read David Swanson’s, Rediscipling the White Church 

Attend the Whitworth Ministry Summit held June 22-25.  This Summit will be about Lament and Hope and will be led by leading Pastors on these subjects, Randy Woodley, Soong Cha Rah and Eugene Cho.

Netflix has a Black Lives Matter collection of movies, documentaries and short stories available.  The movies “13th” and “When They See Us” are available there.

The Movie “Just Mercy” is free this month to view.  Please discuss this important movie with others as you complete watching it.

Books on racism are available at the Spokane Library.  The full list of what is available can be accessed at www.spokanelibrary.org/blog/black-lives-matter-a-book-list/

Engage in the posts on the Calling Community of Reconciliation Facebook webpage.

Participate in the Biblical Justice Forums as they are planned.

Here are some other books you can engage in regarding the subject of racial reconciliation:

Roadmap to Reconciliation, Brenda Salter McNeil

White Awake, Daniel Hill

White Fragility, Robin Diangelo

The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby

Unsettling Truths, Mark Charles & Soong-Chan Rah

Rethinking Incarceration, Dominique Gilliard

You can access all of these in print and some by ebook.  Please try to study and discuss in small groups.

Start a group of 3-4 clergy and/or Christian Leaders beginning with this list.

We can talk to the Chief of Spokane Police and/or the Sheriff about concerns

We can talk about how to assist with poverty, homelessness, immigration issues and about other concerns you may have.