Faith Formation for Adults

Resources for Talking about Race

 

Books for Adults:

Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. by Rev. Lenny Duncan. Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination (ELCA) and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. He rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the church's renewal through racial equality and justice. It also features a discussion guide at the back.

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. The website includes a discussion guide for book groups. 

Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad. This book leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. For readers who have engaged with America's legacy on race through the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, I'M STILL HERE is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God's ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness--if we let it--can save us all.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice. Website includes a reader's guide.

Through June 30, 2020, Church Publishing is offering Seeing my Skin: A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness by Peter Jarrett Schell for free online. In this book a personal journey of a priest’s understanding of his Whiteness widens into an invitation to wrestle with larger cultural issues of race and belonging. 


When you can, please buy these books directly from the author or a small, independent bookseller online. 

 

Podcasts:

Seeing White - Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen takes a deep dive into the subject of whiteness, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017.

1619 from the New York Times - A podcast companion to the groundbreaking 1619 Project published by the NYT in August of 2019 that aimed to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.  

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Build on your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action by learning from organizational leaders and community activists.

 

Church Level Faith Formation Resources:

Teaching Tolerance has put together a solid compilation of lessons and learning resources for teachers that specifically name race, racism, and police violence. 

Since we cannot visit anytime soon, the National Museum of African American History & Culture has put together and excellent set of tools to inspire conversation. They have sections for teachers, parents, and individuals. 

Sacred Ground is a film-based dialogue series on race and faith  published and supported by The Episcopal Church. If you would like help setting up a webinar or presenting this in your congregation, contact Amy Cook.

Other Diocesan resources for supporting Christian faith formation among adults include:

EfM (Education for Ministry) is a comprehensive multi-year educational program for adult Christian formation. Contact diocesan EfM Coordinator Roberta Sautter at nixile@earthlink.net for more information about local EfM groups.

LifeCycles: The Diocese of California is also proud to be a partner with LeaderResources to make the LifeCycles comprehensive adult formation program available for free. Similar in scope to the EfM curriculum, it is designed to be delivered in flexible six-unit adult study modules which cover the basics of scriptures, church history, theology, and spirituality.

Cursillo is a weekend immersion in Christian spirituality and community, which is offered several times a year in varied locations. All who wish to deepen their Christian understanding and commitment are welcome.

Eucharistic Ministry and Visiting training is powerful Christian formation for meaningful lay ministries. Face to face training is offered several times a year in various locations around the diocese; 6-8 weeks of advance preparation using downloadable workbooks is a prerequisite for the on-site training.

Other good curriculum resources for adults can be found here or by visiting the Episcopal Resource Center.

For more resources about adult Christian Formation, contact Amy Cook, amyc@diocal.org