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Becoming the Beloved Community: Racial Reconciliation

"The 78th General Convention of our Church did a remarkable thing: the General Convention invited us as a church to take up this Jesus Movement. We made a commitment to live into being the Jesus Movement by committing to evangelism and the work of reconciliation — beginning with racial reconciliation … across the borders and boundaries that divide the human family of God. This is difficult work. But we can do it. It’s about listening and sharing. It’s about God.”  ~ Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry


Here is a curated set of additional resources, gathered by The Episcopal Church:

Websites, Videos, Bibliographies and Study Resources

A Way Forward

Reflections, Resources & Stories Concerning Ferguson, Racial Justice & Reconciliation

Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism

From the Diocese of Atlanta.

Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural Competency

Province I Resources

Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America

The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi hosted a 90-minute forum.

Film: Traces of the Trade

Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.

Lenten series on racial justice

Especially recommended: “Spirituality and Racial Justice” with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice

Videos and readings from Trinity Institute 2016. Especially recommended: the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas’ video presentation.

Racial Justice Bibliography

These are print resources compiled by theological educators for use in a variety of faith community settings.

Formation and Training Organizations

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training

Recognizing that racism goes beyond personal prejudice, Crossroads offers a distinctive Power Analysis of how racism functions in institutions, and offers tools to create antiracist transformation.

Seeing the Face of God in Each Other

The Antiracism Training Manual of the Episcopal Church.

The Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School

Reconciliation is a collaborative process. The Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity works to collaborate both locally and globally by stimulating a growing network of reconciliation scholars and practitioners as well as offering robust resources for reconciliation.

The Kaleidoscope Institute

The Kaleidoscope Institute provides resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities.

The Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Envisioning a world where people honestly engage in their history in order to live more truthfully in the present; where the inequities of the past no longer dictate the possibilities of the future. 

Undoing Racism® : People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.

VISIONS Inc. Taking Diversity and Inclusion to the Next Level

Our vision is to be a catalyst for a more equitable world where differences are valued and used for the benefit of all.

Books and Articles

America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America

Jim Wallis - 2016


Ngozi Adichie  – 2014

Bloody July

An article writen by The Rev. Deacon Charles Allen Wynder, Jr., is the Episcopal Church’s missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement.

Constructing Solidarity for a Liberative Ethic: Anti-Racism, Action, and Justice

Tammerie Day

Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

Jennifer Harvey - 2014

Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives

Howard J. Ross

Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism

Derrick Bell - 1993

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson

Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys

Victor Rios - 2011

Race Matters

Cornel West - 1994

Race: A Theological Account

J. Kameron Carter

Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society

John A. Powell - 2015

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing

Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God

Kelly Brown Douglas - 2015

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander

Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race

Frances E. Kendall

What's Faith Got to Do with It?: Black Bodies/Christian Souls

Kelly Brown Douglas

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

Claude M. Steele - 2011

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

Nancy Isenberg - 2016

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It

Shelly Tochluk