30 DAY CHALLENGE

Church Family,

We, like so many of you, have felt the deep weight of having our eyes opened to the social and racial injustices we see on the news and in our lives. We often feel as if the problems are so big, and we are so small. What can we do to help change the world around us?

Here at Reading City Church we are working with our Biblical Anti-Racism ministry team to issue a challenge to ourselves, and anyone who wants to join us. We are committing to a 30-Day Challenge during which we learn something new every single day. We’ve gathered a list of diverse resources that will give us a different perspective by engaging through articles, podcasts, and videos.

We know it takes at least 30 days to form a habit. And the habit we are trying to form now, is one where we always seek to incorporate diverse voices in our everyday lives. 

Are you ready to join us?

The Challenge

Commit to learning with us

Pick one of the resources listed every day for 30 days.

Ask God for open ears, mind, and heart before you read, listen to, or watch the resources you’ve chosen.

Use our 30-Day Challenge journal to track your progress, and reflect on your learning.

Pray as you feel challenged by what you learn. Hold yourself accountable to continue, even when it’s hard, until you’ve completed the 30-Day Challenge.

We are in this together

The following resources

represent a growing and diverse curated list of educational resources and materials that encourage thoughtful learning and reflection on the history and current state of racism and racial injustice in our country and churches. The materials included below represent both Christian and non-Christian perspectives as well a variety of social and political perspectives. While the learnings in each resource have been carefully reviewed by the Biblical Anti-Racism team, any accompanying political views do not necessarily represent the views of Reading City Church. As a participant in the 30-Day Challenge, you do not need to blindly accept or approve of the information presented in each resource in order to experience a meaningful introduction to anti-racism. As in all things, followers of Christ are challenged to test what is presented here against the Truths of God, contained in the Bible. The Biblical Anti-Racism team does not claim this to be an exhaustive list and is always open to suggestions that provide additional learning and diversity of perspectives. Please contact [email protected] to discuss your questions or concerns or to provide suggestions for additional resources. The Biblical Anti-Racism team reserves the right to withhold the addition of any suggested resource, or to remove any current resource, if the information presented is found to be factually incorrect or in direct conflict with Biblical Truths.

Watch

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion a Ted Talk by Peggy McIntosh

Justice by the Bible Project

The Origins of Race in the USA A PBS Video from Origins of Everything

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem An NPR Video from Let's Talk

Fighting racism: This is the biggest mistake people make by Robin DiAngelo and Big Think

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Become The Bridge A Conversation With Pastor Steven Furtick & Pastor John Gray

Birth of a White Nation  legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code.

What is Systematic Racism Videos describing multiple aspects of structural/systematic racism

Racism is Real The difference between the lived experiences of a black and white man

"Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller Bryan Stevenson & Tim Keller will help us explore ways to sustain hope through a grace filled pursuit of justice and mercy

Confronting ‘intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too hard to be fair? Why we sometimes find it difficult to interact with people who are unfamiliar to us

50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America's past 
Ibram X. Kendi discusses history curriculums

The Disturbing History of the Suburbs 
An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that quickly and humorously educates on how redlining came to be.

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them a Ted Talk by Verna Myers

Let's get to the root of racial injustice by Megan Ming Francis

50 years of racism -- why silence isn’t the answer by James A. White Sr.

The Dangers of Whitewashing Black History by David Ikard

The Danger of a Single Story Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas Owned unearths the complicated, painful, often disturbing history of housing policy in America

Ken Burns: Our monuments are representations of myth, not fact  How our most venerated monuments can remind us of where America falls short.
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time Baratunde Thurston reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing -- while challenging us all to level up.

13th 
A Netflix Documentary about the structural racism in our nation's law enforcement, justice, and prison systems.

Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call A short video that asks us to consider more about a person before dialing 911

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States by Fernanda Ponce

The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you by Anthony Hazard

The US medical system is still haunted by slavery An introduction to the long-standing practice of medical testing on black individuals.

How the US stole thousands of Native American children The long and brutal history of the US trying to “kill the Indian and save the man”.

Color Blind or Color Brave? A Ted Talk by Mellody Hobson

Holy Post - Race in America by Phil Vischer

What Discrimination Looks Like In America by NowThis World


Read

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh (One-Sheet)

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh (Full Article)

White Fragility by Robin D'Angelo

Racism Scale - Where Do You Fall? 

400 Years of Inequality Timeline

How Racism Impacts Black People Daily

The Color of Justice An article from the Constitutional Rights Foundation about structural racism in the justice system

10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools by Jamie Utt

21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis by Heben Nigatu

What exactly is a microaggression? by Jenée Desmond-Harris

What Is White Privilege, Really? Recognizing white privilege begins with truly understanding the term itself by Cory Collins

Guide to Allyship by Amélie Lamont

It’s Not Just the South: Here’s How Everyone Can Resist White Supremacy by Sarah van Gelder

Making America White Again by Toni Morrison

Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap by Amy Traub, Laura Sullivan, Tatjana Mescheded, & Tom Shapiro

What White Children Need to Know About Race by Ali MIchael and Elenora Bartoli

My President Was Black by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Caught Up In God by Willie James Jennings

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Ibram X Kendi

Why You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter" by Rachel Cargle

Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. I. Hart

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas

The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James Jennings

Stamped from the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics by Vincent W. Lloyd and Andrew L. Prevot

The Executed God: the Way of the Cross in Lockdown America by Mark L. Taylor,

Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance by Reggie L. Williams

Pledges

Church family who have committed to learning
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