These various resources share many different perspectives. It is normal to wrestle and wonder if you are aligned with these perspectives. Some of these resources you might agree with more than others. We encourage you to approach with curiosity and humility, truly making it your goal to grow and not simply find the right or perfect perspective. (Please note that LifePoint does not necessarily endorse all the views expressed in these resources.)
If you are at the beginning of this journey:
Read "Be the Bridge - Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation" by Latasha Morrison
Drawing from a deep well of spiritual practices, historical narratives, and personal experiences, Latasha Morrison engages readers on a critical journey toward God’s heart for humanity, one that promises to enlighten and unsettle us. (Amazon)
Read "Insider Outsider - My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All" by Bryan Loritts
Maybe race shouldn't be a divisive issue in the Church, but pastor Bryan Loritts makes the reality clear that what should be and what is are two different things, as he describes his journey as a black man in evangelicalism. (Amazon)
Watch this interview with Eaglebrook Church
Jason Strand sits down with teaching team member Ryan Leak. With everything happening in our communities and the conversations that are taking place, Ryan offers a perspective that we need to hear. (YouTube)
Watch "Oneness Embraced" by Tony Evans on RightNowMedia.com
In this legacy message, Tony Evans seeks to promote a biblical understanding of the kingdom foundation of "oneness" by detailing why we don't have it, what we need to do to get it, and what it will look like when we live it. (RightNowMedia)
If you are needing to take next steps in this journey:
Read "Disunity in Christ - Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart" by Christena Cleveland
With a personal touch and the trained eye of a social psychologist, Cleveland brings to bear the latest studies and research on the unseen dynamics at work that tend to separate us from others. Learn why Christians who have a heart for unity have such a hard time actually uniting. (Amazon)
Listen to H.U.E. Podcast "Will the Church Ever Be Free from White Supremacy?"
This is the introduction episode to the series: "Will the Church Ever be Free of White Supremacy?" As your hosts (Ebony and Alyssa), in this episode we introduce ourselves, tell the story and purpose behind the series, and share quotes that bring us hope when we are weary or discouraged. (EbonyRamquist.com)
Watch The Gospel Coalition's Panel Discussion "Jesus and Justice - Why We Must Love Our Neighbor in Word and Deed"
Though the broader secular culture often talks about justice in terms of politics and social policy, Jesus talks about addressing the hurts of victims and the marginalized as an expression of love. In this conversation we explored the biblical and gospel roots of how loving our culturally, economically, and ethnically marginalized neighbors is basic to what it means to love like Jesus. (YouTube)
There are so many resources that exist already; we've provided just a few.
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May God bless you and guide you as you learn and grow!