These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations workshop presenter, author and consultant Tim Cool. Cool facilitated the workshop Racial Justice and Your Congregation in February and April 2018. For additional resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at http://thecrg.org/.
Cleveland, Christena. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. Downers Grove, IL, InterVarsity Press, 2013.
The author brings current research studies on unseen dynamics at work that tend to separate others and provides insights for ministry leaders seeking to build bridges.
Evans, Tony. Oneness Embraced: A Fresh Look at Reconciliation, the Kingdom and Justice. Chicago, IL: Moody, 2011.
The writer seeks to promote a biblical understanding of the balance between righteousness and justice and the kingdom principle of oneness.
Ireland, David. The Skin You Live In: Building Friendships Across Cultural Lines. Carol Stream., IL: NavPress, 2012.
Dr. Ireland offers tools to help readers embrace authentic relationships God wants them to experience and enjoy, no matter their skin color.
Newbell, Trillia. United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. Chicago, IL: Moody, 2014.
This book inspires, challenges and encourages readers to pursue the joys of diversity through stories from Newbell’s personal journey and a theology of knowing someone who is equal yet unique.
Smith, Efrem. The Post-Black and Post-White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World. San Francisco, CA: Jorsey Bass, 2012.
This book is intended for anyone grappling with what it means to be a Christian in an increasingly multi-ethnic world polarized by class, politics and race.
Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. New York, NY: Random House, 2014.
Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson provides personal accounts of defending the most vulnerable in a system that often creates and perpetuates inequities.
Watson, Benjamin and Ashley Wiersma. Under Our Skin Group Conversation Guide: Getting Real About Race & Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndall Momentum, 2016.
This is a four-week journey guide to have honest conversations about race, bias and justice in our nation, while appealing to the power and hope of faith as a step toward healing.