Resources | Racism, Repair and Restoration
Updated: Jun 16
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.
4. The Geography of Inequality | A TED talk that gives an in-depth look at systemic racism in the real estate market.
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.
6. Time Magazine: George Floyd’s Death and the Long History of Racism in Minneapolis
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. The Blooms, our Minneapolis local missionaries, led a book discussion this past year at Wayzata Free. Click here to learn why You should read it.
3. 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.
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)