Resources | Racism, Repair and Restoration
Updated: Jul 17
At Wayzata Free, we want to be a place to have tough and uncomfortable conversations where we can share honestly and openly. On June 7, we had a panel discussion with a variety of presenters about race and the recent tension and riots. The hope in pulling this group together was to bring this important conversation into our midst with some of our own people. We, the Church, need to model conversation – how to listen, seek to understand and learn respectfully from one another even if we disagree. But our hope is that this is more than just a conversation. We don’t want this to be merely ‘talk’ but a conversation that drives two things:
AWARENESS AND ACTION
Awareness is vital. Find learning opportunities on our resource list below.
Action takes place as we serve and seek to make a tangible difference in our community. Click here for a list of ways you can serve.
We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.
- Jean Vanier
1. Just Mercy | Movie based on a true story. Free on Amazon Prime and Apple TV.
2. A conversation on race and restoration with Dr. Anita Phillips | An Instagram interview by two Christians.
3. Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective | In this video, Timothy Keller addresses systemic racism and corporate evil.
1. EFCA Blog: A Time for Lament
2. Christianity Today: This issue has a collection of articles
3. Relevant magazine: How the Church Can Keep Fighting for Black Lives Once the Headlines Move On.
4. Racial Injustice has Benefited Me by Phil Vischer. Honest, short essay that gets people to think.
5. God Hates Prejudice, and We Should, Too by Rick Warren.
1. Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison. Currently a book they are studying with some IF women’s groups.
2. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Click here to learn why You should read it.
Resources for Families, Youth and Children
1. Why You Need to Talk About Race With Your Kids (Podcast)
2. Raising Kids Who Will Initiate Racial Equality (Blog Post)
3. How to Talk To Your Kids About The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Blog Post)
Additional Resources with Non-biblical Worldviews
Research shows that those committed to a biblical worldview are now a minority. To interact with a world that does not always share our views, we need to understand where people are coming from when they express themselves. Here is a list of resources that do not necessarily adopt a Christ-centric worldview, yet are helpful for us Christ followers to engage in culturally relevant conversations. For example, we do not endorse Critical Theory, an ideology displayed in some of the listed resources, which views reality through the lens of power, dividing people into oppressed groups and oppressor groups along lines like race, class, gender, sexuality orientation, physical ability and age. Click here to learn more about Critical Theory. We recommend you prioritize reading or watching materials with a biblical worldview if you are fairly new in your faith walk with God.
The Geography of Inequality | A TED talk that gives an in-depth look at systemic racism in the real estate market.
2. Book: White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Offered for free digitally through Hennepin County Libraries.
3. Time Magazine: George Floyd’s Death and the Long History of Racism in Minneapolis