These resources are meant to invite deeper reflection and to spark discussion. This page is a work in progress, so please come back often to check for additions and updates.


Video: The Lunch Date

This Oscar-winning short film (1989) tells the story of a wealthy white woman whose goal is to catch a train. The story is simple and done with very little dialogue. As the woman hurries toward her train, misses her train, and deals with the aftermath, viewers discover much about her character, including her relationship with the many homeless people in the station and with an African-American man who bumps into her and causes her purse to fall to the ground. “The Lunch Date” offers an opportunity to discuss fear of difference, race, social class and status, and the power of unexamined privilege. (Center for Civic Reflection)

More information and sample discussion questions can be found at the Center for Civic Reflection.

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia's Hand in Hand Listening Sessions


In his pastoral address to Annual Council, the Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston announced a new racial reconciliation initiative for 2015:

“Surely, as communities of faith we as a diocese are especially suited, and divinely charged, to be facilitators of reconciliation, both within our own walls and in the broader community. Therefore, I am now announcing a major initiative for this year of 2015 that will focus on gaining a better understanding of rising racial tensions. We will begin this effort by holding a series of listening sessions in the mid-year around our diocese. These sessions will be the same Indaba style gatherings that were so successfully used here a few years ago to address tensions and divisions regarding the Church’s ministry in the quickly evolving matter of human sexuality. Indaba listening sessions involve no debate, no cross-talk, but rather give every person present the opportunity to speak their hearts and minds in a safe, non-reactive environment.”

Get more information about the Hand-In-Hand listening sessions and find plentiful resources on these issues here.

websites we recommend 

The Center for Civic Reflection

The Diocese of Virginia Committee on Race and Reconciliation

The Diocese of Virginia's Hand-in-Hand Listening Sessions Resource Page

Books we recommend

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (race issues in America through the eyes of a Nigerian)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (identity, racism and the American dream)
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God and The Black Christ, both by Kelly Brown Douglas
White Privilege and Black Rights by Naomi Zack
Dear White Christians: for those still longing for racial reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey
Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
An Ethic of Resistance by Reggie L. Williams
Christology & Whiteness: What would Jesus Do? edited by George Yancy White Women's Christ and Black Women's Jesus by Jacquelyn Grant
Making Whiteness by Grace Hale
Race and Reunion by David Blight 
Grace Matters by Chris Rice
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Black Religion and Black Radicalism by Gayraud Wilmore
Yet with a Steady Beat (about blacks and attempts to gain recognition in TEC) by Harold T. Lewis
Challenges on the Emmaus Road: Episcopal Bishops confront Slavery, Civil War and Emancipation by T. Felder Dorn
Black Reconstruction (or anything by) WEB DuBois
Dogged Strength Within the Veil by Josiah Ulysses Young III
Plantations and Death Camps by Beverly E. Mitchell
IDA: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching by Paula J. Giddings
Worse than Slavery by David M. Oshinsky
The Shadow of Slavery by Pete R. Daniel
King and Civil Rights series by Taylor Branch. 
A Knock at Midnight - sermons of Martin Luther King
What's the What? by Dave Eggers (an autobiography of Achak Deng, a Sudanese immigrant)
The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers (a novel that runs from Marianne Anderson’s concert to the Million Man March)
Color Blind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equality by Tim Wise


Article: Rethinking How We Teach About Slavery, Alan Singer (need description)

Article: “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Sermon by the Very Rev. Shearon Sykes Williams: "Charleston and Being the Church"

Trinity Institute: Listen for a Change, An Annual Theological Conference (January 21-23, 2016, NYC)


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