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Racial Justice and Reconciliation

We are committed to racial justice and reconciliation as people of faith in response to the systemic racism inherent in our nation as well as in our own institutions. This commitment stems from our baptismal promises and Jesus’ call to resist evil, strive for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being, loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Contact:Jill Henderson: jfh@cox.net


Diocesan Resources

The Racial Justice & Reconciliation Task Force
The RJR task force formed in early 2021 to further the goal of pursuing racial justice through education, community/relationship building, and action/advocacy. Meetings are monthly by zoom and are open to all members of the Diocese. Contact Jill Henderson: jfh@cox.net


Books and Films

Christian/Theological, Non-Fiction:
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation (2018) by Miles McPherson (Local pastor)
Seeing My Skin: A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness (2019) by Peter Jarrett-Schell (Episcopal priest)
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (2010) by Gregory Boyle (Jesuit Priest)
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship (2017) by Gregory Boyle (Jesuit Priest)
Beyond Colorblind (2017) by Sarah Shinn (Protestant Minister)
America’s Original Sin (2016) by Jim Wallis (Preacher and Speaker)
Dear White Christians (2014) By Jennifer Harvey (Religion Professor)

Other Non-fiction:
How to be an Anti-Racist (2019) by Ibram X. Kindi (NY Times bestseller)
So You Want to Talk about Race (2019) by Ijeoma Oluo (NY Times bestseller)
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (2018) by Austin Channing Brown
Waking Up White (2014) by Debby Irving

For Children:
Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Chasing Freedom by Nikki Grimes

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Films and Documentaries
13th (Netflix)
Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story (PBS)

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