The NC Conference is preparing a group to attend the A.C.T. to End Racism gathering of Christians in Washington, D.C. in April 2018 with our own Bishop Ward. The NC Conference Media Center offers books and studies on racism and white privilege for those attending the gathering and anyone else in our conference interested in this issue. These resources can be used in small group studies, leadership team discussions, sermon preparation, or for individual reflection.
Anti-Racism is one of the five emphases of the NC Conference this year, and the Media Center will continue to collect resources to help folks in our churches talk about race and fight racism. Four new resources were just added to our collection. Read about them below, and fill out the Resource Request Form if you would like to borrow them.
Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism by Carolyn B. Helsel.
Pastor and Professor Helsel delivers the tools needed for white Christians to engage in conversations about race without anxiety. Discussion questions conclude each chapter, and a free six-session study guide can be downloaded making this helpful book an excellent choice for group study, especially during Lent, a time of repentance.
Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey.
For parents, grandparents, children’s ministers, and other caregivers of white children, learn how to give children the tools they need to sensitively respond to race in our increasingly divided and diversified society. What are the best ways to talk to and teach children about issues of race to create a brighter future for all of our kids?
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr.
The A.C.T. to End Racism gathering will take place on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. King wrote this, his final manuscript in 1967. In this book, King leads with hope, certain that mankind can create a future without poverty and all of its ills. As relevant now as it was then, let this book inspire you to continue the fight for justice for all.
Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Through short meditative and sermonic pieces, this book tells how King’s belief in a God of love led him to fight for justice. King believes that personal transformation compels one to fight the evils of the world. This book is as much a work on Christian discipleship as it is a call to defend the rights of all who are made in the image of God.
View our Anti-Racism pathfinder for additional resources that you can borrow from the Media Center on this topic.
Request These Resources
You may borrow any of these resources for use at your church or at home. We can mail them to you! Simply fill out the Resource Request Form, or contact the Media Center with any questions. The NC Conference Media Center is open to all clergy and laity in the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, free of charge.