STAND IN UNITY

We will strive to update this page with resources to help us, as a church, to "stand in unity" and address issues of injustice, oppression and inequality.


21-Day Equity Challenge

Join the 21-Day Equity Challenge! Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is registered as a Supporting Organization.

Our Connect virtual group on Thursday night will be meeting weekly during this time to discuss our learning.

https://www.unitedwaydm.org/equity-challenge

Church Resources

Sign Up for the ELCA Advocacy Action center HERE.


Contains links that allow you to submit communications to politicians on various issues surrounding our communities.


www.elca.org/blacklivesmatter

 

This page on the ELCA website includes a Service of Prayer and Lament, a number of statements from ELCA leadership, and other resources.

https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/
Slavery_Apology_Explanation.pdf


EXPLANATION OF THE DECLARATION OF THE ELCA to People of African Descent

Videos

Phil Vischer: Race In America - A Holy Post Video

Recommendation from Jill Hansen, LCR Staff

This video may be appropriate for middle school students.

 

From one of the creators of Veggie Tales... "We need to talk about race. Why are people angry? Why so upset? Didn't we elect a black president? Pass civil rights laws? Isn't racism illegal now? Three years ago my brother Rob and I co-taught a class that discussed issues of racial injustice. That class turned into a popular podcast episode, which we've now turned into this video. Why are people still angry? Let's take a look at race in America.."

 

Click here to watch the video

Systemic Racism Explained

Recommendation from Jill Hansen, LCR Staff

This video may be appropriate for middle school students.

 

From act.tv: Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.

 

Click here to watch the video

3 Ways to Challenge White Fragility (Featuring Robin DiAngelo)

Recommendation from Ana Clymer, LCR Member

 

Author Robin DiAngelo shares three ways white people can challenge their white fragility right now.
 

Click here to watch the video

Podcasts

Code Switch

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

 

Code Switch -- this podcast is a seed of NPR and has been a long standing pillar for exploring the racial coding of our country. A great resource for perspectives that reach far into the diversity of America. Current episodes are excellent, but many episodes dating back as far 2013 add great context to our current reality. 

 

Audiobook

Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X Kendi

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

 

Published in 2016, this book has recently shot to the top of Best Seller lists as much of the country grapples with understanding racism in America. Being that it’s current popularity makes it hard to find, listening to it is a great option. The entire book is available in audiobook format on Spotify.  

 

Books

NEW

Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession

Studs Terkel

Recommendation from Tom Lillevig

Amazon Link

 

First published in 1992 at the height of the furor over the Rodney King incident, Studs Terkel's Race was an immediate bestseller. In a rare and revealing look how at how people in America truly feel about race, Terkel brings out the full complexity of the thoughts and emotions of both blacks and whites, uncovering a fascinating narrative of changing opinions.

 

NEW

Black Like Me

John Howard Griffin

Recommendation from Tom Lillevig

Amazon Link


In the Deep South of the 1950’s, a color line was etched in blood across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross that line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man.
 
What happened to John Howard Griffin—from the outside and within himself—as he made his way through the segregated Deep South is recorded in this searing work of nonfiction.


How to Be An Antiracist

Imbram X. Kendi

Recommendation from Katie Kascel, LCR Staff

https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

 

More Suggestions 

An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi  (New York Times article)

 

 

Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

Jennifer Harvey

Recommendation from Ana Clymer, LCR Member

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QQKO5KY/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Description from the above website:

In this provocative book Jennifer Harvey argues for a radical shift in how justice-committed white Christians think about race. She calls for moving away from the reconciliation paradigm that currently dominates interracial relations and embracing instead a reparations paradigm.

Harvey presents an insightful historical analysis of the painful fissures that emerged among activist Christians toward the end of the Civil Rights movement, and she shows the necessity of bringing "white" racial identity into clear view in order to counter today's oppressive social structures.

A deeply constructive, hopeful work, Dear White Christians will help readers envision new racial possibilities, including concrete examples of contemporary reparations initiatives. This book is for any who care about the gospel call to justice but feel stuck trying to get there, given the ongoing prevalence of deep racial divisions in the church and society at large.

Movies

NEW

Freedom Summer

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/freedomsummer/

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

In 1964, less than 7% of Mississippi’s African Americans were registered to vote, compared to between 50 and 70% in other southern states. In many rural counties, African Americans made up the majority of the population and the segregationist white establishment was prepared to use any means necessary to keep them away from the polls and out of elected office.

 

A plan was hatched by Bob Moses, a local secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. For ten weeks, white students from the North would join activists on the ground for a massive effort that would do what had been impossible so far: force the media and the country to take notice of the shocking violence and massive injustice taking place in Mississippi.

 

Written, Produced and Directed by Stanley Nelson

 

​​​​​​​The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

This series provides a great base of understanding for the historic context of the fight for rights. Available on PBS and Amazon Prime Video.


Written and presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Selma

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

Selma -- Directed by mastermind Ava DuVernay, Selma is a historical drama centered around the march from Selma to Montgomery. The movie follows Martin Luther King Jr and his followers as they fight for voting rights. (Available to stream on Amazon)


Director: Ava DuVernay

Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo

Rating: PG-13


I Am Not Your Negro

Recommendation from Jessi Lau, LCR Staff

Raoul Peck journies through James Baldwin’s unfinished book, Remember This House in his documentary, I Am Not Your Negro. Peck examines the ties evident in Baldwin's work to questions surrounding representation in movies and other media as well as police violence and the Black Lives Matter movement. (Available to stream on Amazon)

 

Director: Raoul Peck

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson

Rating: PG-13

 

13th

Recommendation By: Jackie Hill Perry, Instagram

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5895028/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Director:  Ava DuVernay

Writers:  Spencer Averick, Ava DuVernay

Stars:  Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker 

Rating: TV-MA


Fruitvale Station

Recommendation By: Jackie Hill Perry, Instagram

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334649/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 

Director:  Ryan Coogler

Writer:  Ryan Coogler

Stars:  Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer 

Rating: R

 

Fruitvale Station

Recommendation By: Jackie Hill Perry, Instagram

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7137906/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Creator:  Ava DuVernay

Stars:  Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse

Rating: TV-MA