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GOD'S PROMISES

IN SCRIPTURE

Download this helpful list of God's promises for us.

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DISCIPLESHIP

Thinking of starting a discipleship relationship? Here are some resources we have found useful.

Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden

HelloGROW by Nicole Smith

Interested in getting into a discipleship relationship, either as a mentor or mentee? Contact Bob Schulein. 

resources on racism

(compiled by Kelly Ladd Bishop, Pastor of Children and Family Ministries)

 

From the Evangelical Covenant Church

The Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church has put together a list of resources to help churches “engage and respond” to the current situation in our nation. Those resources are listed here and include articles, videos, small group guides, poems, lamentations, and prayers.

Several Open Books

Books

(Disclaimer: These books are recommended from a variety of Christian and secular sources, and I am not familiar with all of them)

  • “White Awake” by Daniel Hill

  • “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander

  • "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race" by Dr. Beverly Tatum

  • "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi

  • "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism" by Robin DiAngelo

  • "Me and White Supremacy" by Layla F. Saad

  • From Slavery To Freedom: A History of African Americans" by John Hope Franklin

  • "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do" by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

  • "Raising White Kids" by Jennifer Harvey

  • "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

  • "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson

  • "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin

  • "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge

  • “Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion, and the Problem of Race in America” by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson

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for children and families

Web Resources

 

Our church children’s curriculum publishes this website https://theparentcue.org/ and currently has several helpful resources including:

 

Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Talking to Your Kids About Racism

The Work of Teaching Kids to Value Everyone

“How to talk to kids about racism: an age-by-age guide” from Today’s parent, a secular website https://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-racism-an-age-by-age-guide/

 

 
Books 

 

(Disclaimer: These books are recommended from a variety of both Christian and secular sources, and I am not familiar with all of them)

 

 

FOR YOUNGER KIDS

 

  • “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz

  • “The Other Side” by Jacqueline Woodson

  • “The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson

  • “Colorful” by Dorena Williamson

  • “Thoughtful” by Dorena Williamson

  • “Maybe God is LIke That too” by Jennifer Grant

  • “Mixed” by Arree Chung

  • “The Gospel in Color” A Theology of Racial Reconciliation for Families

  • “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz

  • “Let’s Talk About Race” by Julius Lester

  • “The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism” by Pat Thomas

  • “Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice” by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

  • “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers

  • “Happy in Our Skin” by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia

  • “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes

  • “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America” by Jennifer Harvey

  • “Daddy Why Am I Brown?: A Healthy Conversation About Skin color and Family” by Bedford F. Palmer

  • “Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi

 

 

FOR TEENS

  • "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

  • "Harbor Me" by Jacqueline Woodson

  • "This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work" by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

  • "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson

  • "Dear White People" by Justin Simien