Ministry on Racial Equity (M.O.R.E.)

The MORE ministry team seeks to take prayerful and humble steps towards becoming “MORE inclusive, MORE aware, MORE loving, MORE healing, and MORE like Jesus” through its racial equity work. 

The short-term goal of the MORE Ministry Team is to create the framework and process by which every committee and subcommittee at White Memorial Presbyterian Church will be invited, empowered and equipped to undergo a thorough examination of their ministry work and operations, in order to identify the ways in which we may unconsciously participate in embedded racism within our various church systems, and to identify ways we can do better.

The long-term goal of the MORE ministry team is to aid and support all areas of ministry at White Memorial in their efforts to identify areas of racial injustice, racial inequity, and covert/overt racism, so that concrete and identifiable changes can be made.

Resources

Books

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

You Are Your Best Thing by Brené Brown and Tarana Burke

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Podcasts

NICE WHITE PARENTS All episodes.
From the makers of Serial and The New York Times: “Nice White Parents” looks at the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block.

UNLOCKING US WITH BRENÉ BROWN
Brené chats with Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Austin Channing Brown’s anti-racism work has been critical to changing our world, and her ability to talk about what is good and true about love, about our faith, and about loving each other is transformative.

FOR THE LOVE WITH JEN HATMAKER
Unequally Saved: The Church’s Role in Racism with Lisa Sharon Harper Speaker, writer and activist Lisa Sharon Harper comes from a long line of Americans—African-Americans who have been in America since 1687. Slavery existed in her family. Lisa wrestles with the Good News of the Gospel and how that translates to folks who have been victims of race-motivated atrocities—from people who claimed that Gospel as their truth.

BE ANTIRACIST WITH IBRAM X KENDI
Bridging Divisions with Malcom Gladwell. Being Antiracist imagines what an antiracist society might look like and how we all can play an active role in building one.

WORKLIFE WITH ADAM GRANT
How to Build an Inclusive Workplace Many companies have paid lip service to racial inclusion, but what does it actually take to change individuals—and the structures and cultures of organizations? Psychologist John Amaechi shares powerful insights on inclusion—and several experts weigh in on the latest science of privilege, allyship, and opportunity at work.

Documentaries and Films

THE BLACK CHURCH
(PBS 2-part series): Available to rent via Amazon Prime, also available on DVD’s from the church library.

UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK MAN
https://uncomfortableconvos.com/watch

FRUITVALE STATION
Netflix (Free). Other platforms for rent. TIME Amazon Prime (Free)

JUST MERCY
Hulu and Amazon Prime (Free)

DO THE RIGHT THING
Peacock (Free). Other platforms for rent.