Reading

For an extensive list of recommended workshops, films and books compiled by the Bishop’s Committee for Racial Justice and Reconciliation of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, see: Resources for Congregations and Study Groups.

For Episcopalians who have attended an in-depth racial equity workshop, we have found reading and discussing Joseph Barndt’s book Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Journeying toward Wholeness (2011) to be an excellent next step.

“Christians addressing racism in American society must begin with a frank assessment of how race figures in the churches themselves, leading activist Joseph argues. This practical and important volume extends the insights of Barndt’s earlier, more general work to address the race situation in the churches and to equip people there to be agents for change in and beyond their church communities.”

Available from: Augsburg Fortress Press or Amazon.

We have also found Barndt’s previous book Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America  (2007) to be an excellent supplementary resource.

Available from:  Amazon or Augsburg Fortress Press:  Book Study Guide

Additional Recommended Reading: 

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2016)

Ta’Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

Jennifer Harvey, Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Reconciliation (2014)

Stephanie Spellers, Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other, and the Spirit of Transformation (2006)

Jim Wallis, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America (2016)