Some Resources on Racism and Justice
The conversation of racism and justice is one we want to enter into as a church body. In light of Pastor Steve’s sermon this past Sunday on Galatians 3:23-29, we’ve compiled a set of resources to help us all learn more about the topics of racism and justice. While there are many more resources we could share, these things to watch, things to read, and things to do are a great starting point.
Additionally, we want you to know that on July 12 we will begin a special three-part sermon series called Undivided, in conjunction with several other area churches. Our hope is that this initiative will allow our churches to respond by holding up the gospel of Jesus Christ as the answer to the problems of our day.
We are excited to begin that series soon and hope the resources below prove helpful to you!
Things To Watch
Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, shares how the loss of precious lives due to racism is indicative of a larger cultural and spiritual pandemic. The devolution of our society is drastically different from the way God intends us to live. Justice and righteousness should be hand in hand. It's time for prayer, for hearts to change, and for all of us to work together.
Phil Vischer is creator of Veggie Tales (and voice of Bob the Tomato). In this video, he takes a serious tone, discussing the history of racial injustice in America and why people are so angry about it.
Peet Dickensen IV, Rector of The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in downtown Charleston, examines the history of racism in his church and other churches in South Carolina.
Things To Read
Josh Hall, staff member at Seacoast Church, shares his experience dealing with racism as a College of Charleston student.
Rich Villodas, Lead Pastor at New Life Fellowship in Queens, NY, explains what racial reconciliation is not - and how you can strive to be a part of genuine reconciliation.
This letter, written by Martin Luther King Jr. to white pastors in 1963, has striking parallels to the present day.
This book by Fran Manushkin is all about celebrating diversity.
This is a great overview of Civil Rights Movement by Doreen Rappaport.
This is the story of the Cannon Street YMCA baseball team in downtown Charleston by Margo Theis Raven.
This book was written by Chris Singleton, whose mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of the victims of the 2015 Emanuel AME shooting.
Things To Do
Take a Prayer Walk Downtown
Pray for our city and for racial reconcilation with this Prayer Walk Guide we've created. It begins at Citadel Square and that takes you through some important stops before ending at Emanuel AME.
Tour the Old Slave Mart and Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
These are two stops on the prayer walk.