Resources for Dismantling Injustice

 

 

Advocacy for LGBTQ communities

  • Lutheran Guide to Advocate for LGBTQ People in Church and Society - This resource is a starting point for you and your Lutheran faith community as it seeks to advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in church and society. It is ReconcilingWorks’ hope that tools and answers in this guide will give your community the boldness to proclaim Christ’s gospel of radical inclusion and hospitality to your neighbors, our church, and our world. Christ and Lutherans are called to care for everyone, against discrimination and marginalization, and work for justice.

HIV/AIDS

  • Lutheran Introduction to Conversations About HIV/AIDS - Inspired by ReconcilingWorks' engagement at the 21st International AIDS Conference in July, this new conversation resource will help your Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community discern how to be a more hospitable space for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Allies Against Bullying

  • promo_cover_small2Where All Can Safely Live - Revised and Expanded - This anti-bullying curriculum is an introduction to what bullying is, how it functions, and why we as Christians are called to prevent it from happening in our communities. It was developed with the help of the staff at the Pacific Violence Prevention Institute, from the pioneering research on bullying by Dan Olweus, and materials created by the United States government. This curriculum is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to stopping bullying. However, this guide provides a basic understanding of how bullying works and offers suggestions for steps in creating a congregational bullying prevention plan.

Reparative/Conversion Therapy

Anti-LGBT Religious Refusal/Right to Discriminate Laws

Readings and Resources on Racial Justice and Reconciliation

  • Decolonize Lutheranism - What we are lifting up are the stories of people who are not part of the dominant culture, but who identify as Lutheran and who want full inclusion without forced assimilation. Lutheranism is a global phenomenon, not simply a tradition of European-American heritage. Lutheranism is a theological lens on the gospel that informs how we live out the life of the church together. This can take on many cultural forms and still remain Lutheran.
  • "Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture" - 1993 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America social statement which expresses the church's calling to regard seriously culture and ethnicity, confront racism, to engage in public leadership, witness and deliberation, and to advocate for justice and fairness for all people.
  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack -  This essay is excerpted from Working Paper 189. “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming To See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies”
  • A list of important resources for understanding and engaging the work of racial justice and reconciliation - by Austin Channing, Multicultural Liaison for Calvin College
  • Race Forward and online magazine, Colorlines
  • The White Privilege Conference -  a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice - SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice
  • Crunk Feminist Collective - Mission Statement: "The Crunk Feminist Collective (CFC) will create a space of support and camaraderie for hip hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight, in the academy and without, by building a rhetorical community, in which we can discuss our ideas, express our crunk feminist selves, fellowship with one another, debate and challenge one another, and support each other, as we struggle together to articulate our feminist goals, ideas, visions, and dreams in ways that are both personally and professionally beneficial."
  • Black Girl Dangerous - Black Girl Dangerous is the brainchild of award-winning writer Mia McKenzie. What started out as a scream of anguish has evolved into a multi-faceted forum for expression. BGD seeks to, in as many ways as possible, amplify the voices, experiences, and expressions of queer and trans people of color.
  • Works by writer, educator, and critic, Darnell Moore - Darnell L. Moore is a Senior Editor at MicNews and Co-Managing/Editor at The Feminist Wire. Along with NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives.
  • Columnist, Patricia Williams