How Long, O Lord? Essays and Resources Addressing Racism

June 4th, 2020

As protests unfold in every state and several other nations following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police, America is again forced to acknowledge its deeply-rooted racist structures, social realities that Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other communities of color face every single day. As those in the streets cry out for justice, we cannot pretend we are dealing with a new or unique issue. These are conversations we've had, these are familiar wounds, these are sins we continue to shelter and nurture. 

The following list features Ministry Matters articles that span several years and address multiple national moments of violence and grief, giving witness to this truth. It is our hope that this collection will give guidance to individuals and church communities by once more acknowledging our brokenness, helping us see our past and present for what it is, and proclaiming a gospel hope for the future.

For further reading and learning, we suggest these resources:

  1. Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community by F. Willis Johnson
  2. Exodus Preaching: Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope by Kenyatta R. Gilbert
  3. Ingenuity: Preaching as an Outsider by Lisa L. Thompson
  4. Fear of the Other and Who Lynched Willie Earl?: Preaching to Confront Racism by William H. Willimon
  5. Surviving a Dangerous Sermon by Frank A. Thomas
  6. Christian Justice for the Common Good and Working Class Rage by Tex Sample
  7. Race and Theology by Elaine Robinson
  8. Liturgies From Below: Praying with People at the Ends of the World by Claudio Carvalhaes
  9. Just Us or Justice? by F. Douglas Powe, Jr.
  10. Exclusion and Embrace, Revised and Updated by Miroslav Volf
  11. Then the Whisper Put on Flesh: New Testament Ethics in African American Context by Brian K. Blount
  12. Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
  13. Who Is My Neighbor? Learning Spanish as Church Hospitality by Ruth Cassel Hoffman, Joyce Carrasco, and Ngoc-Diep Nguyen
  14. Black and White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time by John Hambrick & Teesha Hadra
  15. Luis y Mia/Mia and Luis by L. J. Zimmerman, Mónica Reyna, illustrated by Marce Gómez
  16. Abingdon Champions in Life VBS. Abingdon Press VBS is an intergenerational VBS that utilizes African American culture, history, music, and art to teach biblical truths.  
  17. FaithLink, and adult Bible study resource focused on relevant topics and current events.
  18. LinC, a resource for youth study groups focused on culture and current events 
  19. Deep Blue Life Anti-Racism (included in Faith & Culture curriculum), a study for children 
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