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Race, Faith & Justice

Race, Faith & Justice at St Matthias: Resources List

We aspire to be a vibrant multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-racial church. While recognising that we still have a very long way to go, we are committed to fighting racism and pursuing racial justice and racial equality. The Justice Team at St Matthias seeks to enable the church to address the issue of racial injustice with theology, education, healthy dialogue, campaigning and prayer. You can join our team here:

Below you will find a list of resources all about race divided by the following themes: Race and Faith, Race in the UK, Race in America, Race in the Age of George Floyd and Fiction & Poetry. This list is not exhaustive, but will provide foundational knowledge about race and why it is relevant to us, as Christians and members of the larger society.

 

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Race & Faith

Resources in this category cover the intersection of race and faith, from theological explorations of the relevance of race in the scriptures, to resources about complexities of modern day multiethnic Christian church communities.

 

We Need To Talk About Race by Ben Lindsay

Conversations on Faith and Equality hosted by Becs Dhillon

Ghost Ship by A.D.A France Williams

Black Theology by Anthony Reddie

How an Open Bible Should Dismantle White Supremacy by J. Ross Wagner

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James Jennings

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O Emerson and Christian Smith

One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Love by John M Perkins with Katie Warren 

The Color of Compromise: the Truth About American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jamar Tisby

Can ‘White’ People Be Saved? (IVP) edited by Love L. Sechrest, Johnny Ramírez Johnson, and Amos Yong

A Multitude of All Peoples: Engaging Ancient Christianity’s Global Identity (IVP) by Vincent Bantu

Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope (IVP) by Esau McCauley.

Whose Religion Is Christianity?: The Gospel Beyond the West (Eerdmans) by Lamin Sanneh

With Justice for All: A Strategy for Community Development By John Perkins

 

Race in The UK

Resources in this category discuss how race is experienced within the UK from a variety of viewpoints.

Enslaved - BBC Documentary with Samuel L Jackson & Afua Hirsch

 

Black & British: David Olusoga

Why I’m No longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

 

Race in America

Resources in this category discuss how race is experienced within the US from a variety of viewpoints.

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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O Emerson and Christian Smith

Democracy in Black by Eddie Glaude

When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katsnelson

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

Race in the Age of George Floyd

Resources in this category provide key articles about current events concerning the death of George Floyd.

The Many Ways that Institutional Racism Kills Black People by Khiara M. Bridges

Racism is Terrible. Blackness is Not by Imani Perry

Why Black Women and Girls Still an Afterthought in Our Outrage Over Police Violence? by Brittney Cooper

 "Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People.” by Keeanga-Yamatta Taylor

The Urgency of Intersectionality Ted Talk by Kimberle Crenshaw

“America, This Is Your Chance” by Michelle Alexander

 

Fiction & Poetry

• The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Beloved by Toni Morrison 

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Girl With The Loud Voice by Abi Dare

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Poems written by Langston Hughes