Resources for Dismantling Injustice

 

Racial Justice and Dismantling White Supremacy

  • One Body Many Members: A journey for Christians across race, culture and class: From the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America "One Body, Many Members" is a faith-based journey of discovery to learn, share and proclaim God’s intention of oneness among people of every racial, ethnic and class background. How do we find that unity in a world as diverse as ours? How can we build up “one body” as strong as that?
  • White Homework by Tori Williams Douglas
    From activist, Tori Williams Douglas, White Homework offers a three-lesson curriculum discussing various topics, in response to the question white-folx ask themselves: "What can I do about racism?" This curriculum is available online for purchase, as well as a handful of other helpful resources through Tori's Blog.
  • Anti-Racism Resources for White People
    This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media.
  • Becoming the Body of Christ: Condemning White Supremacy
    Over 450 participants joined Bishop Kevin Strickland of the Southeastern Synod - ELCA, and several panelists on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 7-8:30pm EDT for a conversation around “Becoming the body of Christ where all bodies are valued: A conversation around the ELCA’s resolution to condemn White Supremacy.” Bishop Strickland was joined by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Other speakers joining our bishops included: Pastor Tiffany Chaney, Pastor Ron Bonner, Ms. Roxann Thompson, Ms. Judith Roberts, Pastor Matt Steinhauer, and more. #ELCATalks on Twitter will reveal more comments made in relation to this recording.
  • Troubling the Waters for Healing of the Church
    From its beginning in 1988, the ELCA has made a firm commitment to become an increasingly multicultural and an intentionally anti-racist church. Our continual failure to fulfill that commitment raises significant questions regarding the integrity of our witness to God’s love in Christ for the whole creation and causes deep concern for our viability in an increasingly and richly diverse context. Many will be uncomfortable with the phrase “White Christian.” We still prefer to identify ourselves with the culture and country of our immigrant ancestors. Even more disturbing is the word “privilege.” It is far easier for us to identify what we lack than confront the benefits that come to us by virtue of being White. Yet until we, in a spirit of humility and repentance, are willing to explore the power, privilege, and prejudice that belong to us as White Christians, it may be impossible for us to become the multicultural church I believe most of us sincerely desire to be.
  • "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

 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