Racial Justice and Reconciliation

Pastor’s Forum - "Bethany and Racial Justice Update"

In 0ur March 20th Pastor's Forum - "Bethany and Racial Justice Update," when we heard a report from our Historical Audit on Bethany and Systemic Racism. Marisa Gronholz, our Director of Formation and Outreach, shared about her work with the Roadmap to Reconciliation Steering Committee and we learned about our hopes for formulating the next steps in our racial justice and reconciliation journey at Bethany.

These are the documents that were referenced during our time together;

  • BPC Historical Audit Final Report - click here 
  • Annual Report for Roadmap to Reconciliation, 2021 (this is the first installation of a regular annual report to the congregation) - click here

To view a recording of the Pastor's Forum, click below:

View Forum Recording Here

Bethany Presbyterian Church has been committed to the work of reconciliation for many years. In July of 2019, our session discerned that God was calling us to go a step further, to explore and live into what it means to be actively “anti-racist”—naming our past, recognizing our privilege as a predominantly white church, repenting, calling out racism in all forms, and working to dismantle systems white supremacy. (Read Bethany's Direction Statement here)

Beginning in January, 2020, the Roadmap to Reconciliation working group began nine months of meeting:
• to engage the Roadmap to Reconciliation material,
• to evaluate our current programs and practices, and
• to develop recommendations for BPC staff and session regarding specific steps BPC can take to deepen the fulfillment of our commitment to becoming more of a reconciling, anti-racist community. The working group published their report in early October 2020:  Roadmap to Reconciliation Full Report 

Below is a list of curated resources - this is in NO way an exhaustive list - just a great "get started" guide. For a more in-depth list of resources and information, check out the Bethany Resources Page here.

GET STARTED:  A 5-minute crash course on America’s Racial History from Equal Justice Initiative 


The Color of Compromise and How to Fight Racism by Jemar Tisby

Becoming Brave and Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0 by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil

Caste and The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Stamped from The Beginning and How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi


Eyes on the Prize - PBS Documentary Series

13th (ages 16 +)

Selma (ages 13+)

Just Mercy (also a must-read book!) (film is ages 13+)

**age recommendations provided by Common Sense Media


Pass the Mic

Hope and Hard Pills

1619 (NY Times)


Dr. Camara Jones: Allegories on Race and Racism


“To be a Christian Intellectual” by Dr. Willie Jennings

“How America Can Heal” by Bryan Stevenson

"The Case for Reparations" by Ta Nehesi Coates


Andre Henry 

Austin Channing Brown, Roll Call

Lisa Sharon Harper 

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative


The Conscious Kid