Racial Justice and Reconciliation


BACKGROUND
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)

ROADMAP TO RECONCILIATION
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 

RESOURCES TO EXPLORE
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 

BOOKS:

The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby (currently the selected book for our All-Church Read – visit the webpage here)

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

FILMS:

13th (ages 16 +)

Selma (ages 13+)

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

**age recommendations provided by Common Sense Media

PODCASTS:

Pass the Mic

Hope and Hard Pills

1619 (NY Times)

TED TALK:

Dr. Camara Jones: Allegories on Race and Racism

ARTICLES:

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

“How America Can Heal” by Bryan Stevenson

“The Case for Reparations” by Ta Nehesi Coates

FOLLOW:

Andre Henry 

Austin Channing Brown, Roll Call

Lisa Sharon Harper 

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative

FOR FAMILIES:

The Conscious Kid