Resources for Racial Reconciliation and Justice

Members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff have curated this list of resources for racial justice and reconciliation. This is by no means exhaustive; however, we are aware that many leaders are hoping to deepen their learning, and these resources should help you to move in the right direction.

Presiding Bishop’s Staff Members Focused on Racial Reconciliation and Justice

Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation
Isaiah “Shaneequa” Brokenleg, Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation

Responding to Racist Violence

Becoming Beloved Community: Vision, Plan and Resources

As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. The Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document and accompanying resources help us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ. 

Resources for Individuals and Congregations

Developed by the Executive Council Committee on Antiracism & Reconciliation (ECCAR) and approved as General Convention Resolution 2018-A044. ECCAR is the official Episcopal Church entity responsible for providing guidance on and tracking of anti-racism and reconciliation activities of the Church.

Developed by staff of The Episcopal Church in the early 2000s, this curriculum focuses on anti-racism and can be used to develop customized training to be supplemented with content that follows the Anti-Racism/Reconciliation Framework described above.

Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing
The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, founded by Dr. Catherine Meeks, provides programs and resources to promote racial reconciliation.

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training
Recognizing that racism goes beyond personal prejudice, Crossroads offers a distinctive Power Analysis of how racism functions in institutions, and offers tools to create antiracist transformation.

Sacred Ground
“Sacred Ground” is a Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith created by Episcopal Church staff led by film director Katrina Brown. This set of videos and workbooks can be used to facilitate conversations on racism and reconciliation.

The Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School
Reconciliation is a collaborative process. The Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity works to collaborate both locally and globally by stimulating a growing network of reconciliation scholars and practitioners as well as offering robust resources for reconciliation.

The Kaleidoscope Institute
The Kaleidoscope Institute provides resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. It’s training programs incorporate concepts defined by the Framework.

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.

Visions, Inc.
Our vision is to be a catalyst for a more equitable world where differences are valued and used for the benefit of all.

10 Ways to Fight – Hate: A Community Response Guide
Southern Poverty Law Center

1619 Podcast by The New York Times
NYT Podcast that coincides with their 1619 Project, which examines the legacy of slavery in the US.

Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism
Diocese of Atlanta

Engaging and convenient online learning from Episcopal experts on liturgy, evangelism, welcome, discipleship, stewardship and other important topics.

Code Switch: Race & Identity Remixed (Podcast)
National Public Radio Podcast Series

Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural Competency
Province I Resources

Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America
The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi hosted a 90-minute forum.

Film: Traces of the Trade
Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.

How to Talk to Children about Race
Kids and Race

Lenten series on racial justice
Especially recommended: “Spirituality and Racial Justice” with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice
Videos and readings from Trinity Institute 2016. Especially recommended: the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas’ video presentation.

Map of Hate Groups by State and Localities
Southern Poverty Law Center
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Creve-Coeur, Missouri

Prayers of the People and a Litany of Repentance and Commissioning for the Ministry of Justice and Reconciliation
Created by a subcommittee of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

Racial Justice Bibliography
These are print resources compiled by theological educators for use in a variety of faith community settings.

Sojourners Magazine, including multiple articles on Charlottesville and church engagement
Faith in action for social justice.

The Time for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Is Now
By: Gail C. Christopher

To Serve and Protect: The Police, Race, and The Episcopal Church in the Black Lives Matter Era
Anglican Theological Review article by The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart

TransEpiscopal is a group of transgender and allied Episcopalians dedicated to fostering the full embrace of trans and nonbinary people, and our loved ones within The Episcopal Church and to inspiring faith-based advocacy for trans justice in the wider world. We are an informal group and though many of us are affiliated with The Episcopal Church we have no official relationship to The Episcopal Church.

Under Our Skin
Seattle Times project on race and racism. Features video interviews with numerous Seattle residents, including the Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel

Virginia Bishops on Charlottesville: What We Saw, What You Can Do
The Diocese of Virginia

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
Jim Wallis – 2016

Ngozi Adichie  – 2014

Blood Cries Out from the Ground: Reflections from Ferguson
Anglican Theological Review article by The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith

Bloody July
An article written by The Rev. Deacon Charles Allen Wynder, Jr., served as the Episcopal Church’s missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement.

Constructing Solidarity for a Liberative Ethic: Anti-Racism, Action, and Justice
Tammerie Day

Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation
Jennifer Harvey – 2014

Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives
Howard J. Ross

Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism
Derrick Bell – 1993

For Some Christians Talking about Race Is Tough and Long Overdue
Online article from the Washington Post, July 19, 2016

It’s Never Too Soon to Talk about Race in Your Church
Online article and audio interview with Jemar Tisby

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson

Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America
Book: edited by Catherine Meeks

Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys
Victor Rios – 2011

Race Matters
Cornel West – 1994

Race: A Theological Account
J. Kameron Carter

Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society
John A. Powell – 2015

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing
Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
Kelly Brown Douglas – 2015

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander

The Time for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Is Now
By: Gail C. Christopher

Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race
Frances E. Kendall

What’s Faith Got to Do with It?: Black Bodies/Christian Souls
Kelly Brown Douglas

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
Claude M. Steele – 2011

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Nancy Isenberg – 2016

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It
Shelly Tochluk

The Rev. Isaiah “Shaneequa” Brokenleg

Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation

The Rev. Melanie Mullen

Director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care