Speaking Truth and Justice

The information in the Speaking Truth and Justice section is designed to help us to show love, not hate, to all people. We provide stories from our parishioners and others to help us understand that prejudice and hate have affected people in this parish.  In addition to talks and sermons, there is more information about how you can get more involved with our government decisions, classes that you can take, books, videos, and cds for you to use.  All of this is to help us understand what we need to do to help eradicate the hateful attitude of so many, to assist us in understanding our beliefs and help us grow into stronger advocates for justice and truth.  We hope that our work will help us all build relationships, develop leaders, and act for justice.


Talks from members of our parish


Rev Jane Schaefer


Maria Westphal


Rev Linda Lutter



 Resource list of books and videos



1)  video link: (You may have to copy and paste the link into the search engine).

 https://vimeopro.com/progressrenew/white-privilege-lets-talk/video/172158957

 This above video link is from the United Church of Christ, it is a free, downloadable curriculum for white faith communities wishing to "engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race."  

 (2)  My Grandmother's Hands:  Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies, By Resmaa Menakem.  He addresses three audiences concurrently:  white people, black/brown people, and law enforcement officers. Foreach , he not only teaches theory but also guides through practices for healing our bodies in order to heal relationships and communities.

 (3) The Color of Compromise

 Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism is a provocative and painful call to repentance for white evangelical Christians who have ignored their participation in racial injustice.

 (4) The Minority Experience: Navigating Emotional and Organizational Realities by Adrian Pei:  Illustrates examples of white supremacy and racism through leadership in a ministry setting.  Recommended for use with a leadership team.

 (5)  Minor Feelings, An Asian American Reckoning by Kathy Park Hong 

 Minor feelings are not small, they’re dissonant—and in their tension Hong finds the key to the questions that haunt her. Binding these essays together is Hong’s theory of “minor feelings.” As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. She would later understand that these “minor feelings” occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality—when you believe the lies you’re told about your own racial identity. Minor feelings are not small, they’re dissonant—and in their tension Hong finds the key to the questions that haunt her. 

 Books Linda Lutter has to loan out

 How Long Will I Cry? Voices of Youth Violence

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Tears We Cannot Stop, A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Dear Church by Lenny Duncan

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

 

 

Truth

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Justice