Go Deeper With Recommended Resources

Below you will find article, video and book suggestions that help us better understand our differences, appreciate our similarities and establish Christ-centered solutions to end racial and social injustices.

A Message from Rev. Adam Hamilton and Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Cleaver III

Small Group Resources

We put together a short list of resources with descriptions for small groups who may be new to these types of discussions. As courageous Christians, we pray that we will be inspired by the light God is shining on our fallen world and engage productively in these important and challenging discussions.
COVID-19 Articles for Group Discussion
“Why the African American Community Is Being Hit Hard by COVID-19” – Healthline
New figures indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting African American communities harder than other groups. Experts say the trend is fueled by factors such as higher rates of underlying medical conditions as well as a lack of health services.

How Early Christians Handled their COVID-19”- Christianity Today
In the first 200 years of Christianity, Jesus’s followers faced two life-threatening epidemics. Read how they modeled Christ’s love in the face of death and how that could translate for us today.

“Love Your Neighbor: Islam, Judaism and Christianity come together over COVID-19” – World Economic Forum
This article looks at the increase in multi-faith collaboration as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Videos to View & Discuss

“Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo”

Dr. Robin DiAngelo, the author of “What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy,” has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades. This justification, which she calls “white fragility,” is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.

Watch the video and download the small group discussion guide.

Books to Read & Discuss
“Strength to Love”

This collection of sermons and writings by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. explores God’s endless love for all humanity. Through the pages, we are called to become the hope and reality for Christ’s redemptive love in the world.
Purchase on Amazon.

Download the ARJ Study Guide 

“Stamped – Racism, Antiracism and You”

This remix of Ibram Kendi’s award-winning “Stamped from the Beginning” is a powerful primer on the historical roots and present-day manifestations of antiblack racism in America.

In five sections of conversational text, learn the influential figures, movements, and events that have propagated racist ideas, beginning in 1415 with the publication of the infamous work that laid the groundwork for subsequent religious justifications of enslaving African peoples and continuing through the “war on drugs” and #BlackLivesMatter.

Find out what differentiates a segregationist (“a hater”), an assimilationist (“a coward”), and an antiracist (“someone who truly loves”). Perfect for young readers 12+ and ideal for adult readers to start insightful conversations.
Purchase on Amazon.

Living Into the Beloved Community

Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the “Beloved Community.” King envisioned the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings. Join Pastor Tino Herrera for a 3-week online class and explore together how we can be a Beloved Community.

This class is a part of our Online Summer Learning Series, and it meets through Zoom on Wednesday evenings, June 17 – July 8, 6:30-8 pm Register here.

Racial Reconciliation Bible Study and Prayer Guide
Until we treat others the same, regardless of their wealth or race, we will not fulfill the law “to love our neighbors as ourselves”. Use this 3-part program to open the conversation on prejudice and how it harms our relationships with others. Discuss how we can overcome prejudice through love and understanding.

Videos

 “Understanding Others”

Reverend Emanuel Cleaver III preaches at Church of the Resurrection.
Recorded September 2017

 “Stand Together”

Following white supremacy rallies in Charlottesville, NC,  Pastors Hamilton and Cleaver III joined with local Rabbi Art Nemtoff to educate their communities about white supremacy.
Recorded October 2017

 “Vital Conversations”

Dr. Robin DiAngelo, the author of “What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy,” has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades. This justification, which she calls “white fragility,” is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.

“Elements that Hinder and Help Fruitful Dialogue on Issues of Race”

The Rev. David Anderson Hooker outlines elements that hinder and help fruitful dialogue on issues of race. He traces how myths about race define how we function in life including work and school in the form of institutional racism.

 “Our Divided City”

With the number of homicides in Kansas City for 2015 having leapt back up, this provocative film examines violent crime in the segregated black community east of Troost Avenue in Kansas City and asks whether enough is being done to make its neighborhoods safe.

“Starting the Conversation”

As part of the KC Race & Equity Initiative, the Office of the Mayor presents the first in a four-part series of discussion on race and equality. Starting the Conversation: Understanding the systems that divide us was held at the Kauffman Foundation
Recorded August 29, 2018

“Socialization and Bias” 

As part of the KC Race & Equity Initiative, the Office of the Mayor presents the second in a four-part series of discussion on race and equality. This discussion was focused on examining socialization, bias, and internalized racial oppression and superiority.
Recorded October 30, 2018

“Building the Troost Wall: Structural Racism in Kansas City

Michael Wesch and Nathaniel Bozarth eat at a fancy place on the Plaza  and then walk to a place on Prospect Ave for a second meal. Along the way they explore the making of the Troost Wall and the history of structural racism in KC.

TED Talk: “The Danger of a Single Story”

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

TED Talk: “We Need to Talk about Injustice”

Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

 TED Talk: “Finding Myself in the Story of Race”

This talk, given by author and educator Debby Irving, is designed to be a 101 for white people about what white privilege and institutional racism are and how they manifest.

 Racial Reconciliation Conference 2017: Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill speaks at the Racial Reconciliation Conference in 2017 at New Life Fellowship Church in New York City.

Books

Other Resources

Debby Irving – 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege and leadership is like any lifestyle change.

For 21 days, participants will do one action to further their understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity.

Driving Tour

Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City

Journey through the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, primarily through its real estate. The tour is designed so that you can safely drive through the city at your own pace while hearing stories about each area you travel through.