The American Friends Service Committee held a several session e-course on radical faith during the late summer of 2020. They have posted all of their webinar presentations and other materials at their website. This is a great resource to engage along with others. Use it to spark discussions, lead learning, and so on.
Ordinarily we only blog about media pieces that otherwise don’t fit easily into the bibliography which, let’s face it, is heavily print oriented. But a new book just out — From Lament to Advocacy: Black Religious Educators and Public Ministry — is such a powerful resource that it’s worth highlighting here.
Written by nine African American scholars of religious education, this book weaves together critical pedagogy, theological reflection, and personal/communal experiences into a compelling exploration of religious education. Its clear focus on racial justice is highly effective, and the book is both an accessible read and full of footnotes and other connections to a variety of literatures.
It is a book worth engaging in multiple courses and spaces far beyond religious education.
The Abolitionist Teaching Network has just released a guide to abolitionist teaching and social&emotional learning. While it’s oriented to the K12 setting, and is not explicitly religious, the guide is very thoughtfully done and has much resonance for racial justice work.
Macalester College’s Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship recently hosted a webinar that was both deeply engaging and very insightful. It was led by the Dean of the Institute, Donna Maeda, and featured Duchess Harris, Professor, American Studies; Bill Hart, Professor, Religious Studies; Brian Lozenski, Associate Professor, Educational Studies; Kenjus Watson, Postdoctoral Fellow, San Francisco State University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Occidental College.
Many universities are encouraging their faculty, staff, and students to do shared reading. Here is Seattle University’s list of suggestions for engaging issues of diversity and inclusion during the summer of 2018.
Here’s a useful reminder of 21 things you can do today to embody respect for Native Americans.
There is so much flying around the net these days on race and the US that it’s hard to keep track! That’s a good thing. But the reality is that it’s helpful to have curated collections of pieces. Here’s a great collection curated by Kari Cobham. I imagine it would be an excellent place to start for a congregation seeking to learn.
This is a great and concise exploration on how whiteness functions in beauty standards for women
A number of nonprofit organizations, with these support of several foundations, have come together to create a website resource of racial equity tools. It’s a great place to begin from, when you are looking for useful resources.