“Disciples, if we say that we are a pro-reconciliation, anti-racism church, we must choose every day to be who we say we are. That means not only standing up, but speaking up and acting in solidarity without fear.” --Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Chalice Press offers the following resources for
your anti-racism/pro-reconciliation work.
The ABCs of Diversity
Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences
by Carolyn B. Helsel and Y. Joy Harris-Smith

How do you teach your kids to respect, embrace, and learn from those who look and think differently than they do? The ABCs of Diversity   equips parents, teachers, and community leaders to address children of all ages on complicated topics of race, political affiliation, gender, class, religion, ability, nationality, and sexual orientation.

This resource includes diversity reading lists for children and youth, curriculum activities for younger and older children, and scripts for parents.
Anxious to Talk about It
Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism
by Carolyn B. Helsel

“Book of the Year" Award (2019) —Academy of Parish Clergy

Talking about race can make us anxious. Professor and pastor Carolyn Helsel draws on her decade of work with white congregations to offer tools and practices to engage the discomfort around the conversations and move forward toward action faithfully. Learn how to join the hard conversations with less fear and more courage, compassion, and knowledge of self, others, and the important issues at stake.
Healing Racial Divides
Finding Strength in Our Diversity
by Terrell Carter

While our faith calls us to Christian unity, the hard fact remains: we’re still tragically divided when it comes to race, even – and especially, many say -- in our churches. Racism pervades our faith, our relationships, and our institutions in deep, often imperceptible ways. 

In  Healing Racial Divides , Terrell Carter takes us on a revelatory journey of the history of racism to show us how we’ve arrived at this divisive place. Understanding racism’s roots – and our place in it – we surface more committed and empowered to combat racism in the church, our communities, and the nation.
Stakes Is High
Race, Faith, and Hope for America
by Michael W. Waters
Foreword by Vashti Murphy McKenzie

2018 Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Award Winner

In his award-winning book  Stakes Is High , pastor, activist, and community leader Michael W. Waters blends hip-hop lyricism and social justice leadership, creating an urgent voice demanding that America listen to the suffering if it hopes to redeem its soul. Weaving stories from centuries of persecution against the backdrop of today’s urban prophets on the radio and in the streets, Waters speaks on behalf of an awakened generation raging against racism – yet fueled by the promise of a just future. Through the pain and hard but holy work, you will hear the call to join the faithful struggle for racial justice.
Preaching about Racism
A Guide for Faith Leaders
by Carolyn B. Helsel

“Book of the Year" Award (2019) —Academy of Parish Clergy

Homiletics professor and pastor Carolyn Helsel speaks directly to other faith leaders in this book about how to address racism from the pulpit. In this follow-up to  Anxious to Talk about It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism , Helsel provides strategies and a theoretical framework for crafting biblical, theological sermons that incorporate insights from social sciences and psychology, gleaned from more than a decade of writing and teaching about racism.
Preaching as Resistance
Voices of Hope, Justice, and Solidarity
Edited by Phil Snider

As nationalism, patriarchy, and alt-right fearmongering threaten our troubled nation, the pulpit has again become a subversive space of sacred resistance. In this provocative and powerful collection of sermons from diverse pastors across America, hear the brave and urgent voice of Christians calling for radical change rooted in love, solidarity, and justice. 

Preaching as Resistance  resists, confronts, and troubles the dangerous structures of authoritarianism and oppression crashing in from all sides – and proclaims the transformation, possibility, and hope stirring in the gospel of Christ. 
Forward Together
A Moral Message for the Nation
by William J. Barber II

In the spring of 2013, 17 people gathered at the North Carolina state capitol to protest extreme legislation passed by the General Assembly. Thousands joined the “Moral Mondays” rallies, making this sustained moral protest one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in U.S. history. Rev. Dr. William Barber II, a pastor and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement and the current Poor People’s Campaign, tells the story of a new fusion civil rights movement, a “big tent,” in which black and white, gay and straight, rich and poor, old and young, Republicans and Democrats are all welcome.
Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World
How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up
by Timothy Charles Murphy
Where is God when we're losing the fight?

In this love letter to the disheartened activist, pastor and activist Timothy Murphy reflects on his own journey of disappointments and despair to rediscover a faith -- and a God -- who inspires us to continue fighting, even when it feels like we're losing the battle.
Ferguson & Faith
Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community
by Leah Gunning Frances

Seminary leader and pastor Leah Gunning Francis was one of the St. Louis-area clergy who stepped in to support the emerging young leaders on the front lines after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Her interviews with more than two dozen faith leaders and with the new movement’s organizers provide an intimate glimpse into the heart of today’s Civil Rights Movement. Ferguson and Faith  demonstrates that being called to lead a faithful life can take us to places we never expected to go, with people who never expected us to join hands with them.
Pre-Post-Racial America
Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines
by Sandhya Rani Jha

It’s hard to talk about race and racism in America without everyone very quickly becoming defensive and shutting down. What makes talking race even harder is that so few of us actually know each other in the fullness of our stories. Activist and pastor Sandhya Jha addresses the hot topic in a way that is grounded in real people’s stories and that offers solid biblical grounding for thinking about race relations in America, reminding us that God calls us to build Beloved Community.

Discussion questions at the end of each chapter provide starting points for reading groups.
For Such a Time as This
Hope and Forgiveness after the Charleston Massacre
by Sharon Risher
Foreword by Michael W. Waters

In this raw and riveting memoir rising from the ashes of the Charleston church massacre, Sharon Risher tells the heartbreaking story of losing her mother and two other family members to the barbaric acts of a young white supremacist and the courageous journey that followed, leading to eventual forgiveness of the killer and a new calling as a national advocate for gun violence and anti-racist work.

Featured on the Today Show , MSNBC, and CBS This Morning
An Unlikely Messiah, a Messy Ministry, and the Call to Mobilize
by Derek Penwell

Activist/pastor Derek Penwell reminds us in Outlandish that Jesus’ path tended to anger the wrong people, minister to the “wrong” people, and challenged the political powers of his time. Learn from the political, social, and organizational lessons of Jesus' radically different ministry and follow him in changing the world today .
Making Room for Grace
by Eric H. Law

Inclusion is a discipline of consciously extending the boundaries of our communities to embrace and affirm people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

In this resource for ministers and church leaders, Law provides models, theories, and strategies that are both practical and theologically sound for moving faith communities toward greater inclusion.

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