Upcoming Events

Podcasts

On our Shelf

Places

Film & Art

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Faith Resources

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Scripture

Antiracism

Organizations

Additional Resources

Welcome to the resource section of Interwoven Congregations!   Click on each tile above to jump to the specific section of resources which contain select recommendations and links to other in-depth resources.   Are we missing a must-have resource?  We invite you to add your recommendations and even offer your own review! 

Upcoming Events

Below is a listing of some upcoming events that support our work for racial justice and healing.  Each event image is a live link to take you to the event!

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July 14, 21 & 28, 2021

Workshops:  "What White People Can Do about Racism"

Organizer:  Center for the Study of White American Culture 

Cost:  $125

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October 16, 2021

The 2021 Racial Awareness Festival

Organizer:  Therese Taylor-Stinson 

Cost:  Free, donations welcomed

 

Podcasts

Looking for a podcast to deepen your understanding of racism in our country and to inspire?  Below are some of our favorites.   Each podcast image is a live link to take you to that resource!

Be the Bridge Podcast -- Rev. Latasha Morrison, author of "Be the Bridge" and founder of the BtB organization features an array of authors, social activitists, and others engaged in the work of racial healing.

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Nice White Parents -- A 5 episode series that delves into the story of a community that aims to improve their schools, and the pitfalls they encounter.  

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Seeing White -- A 14 episode series that examines the roots of racism and its unique manifestation in the United States.

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The Land that Never Has Been Yet -- A  continuation of the series from "Seeing White"

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1619 -- On the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first slaves to Colony of Virginia, the New York Times embarked on an article series and podcast to tell the story of slavery and race in this land.

 
 

On our Shelf

Welcome to "On our Shelf" -- where Interwoven staff, Board members, and other friends offer reviews of books that have made a mark on them and which they recommend.  Each book is linked to Better World Books where you can read a profile of the book and make a purchase if you wish.  Better World Books supports literacy initiatives and other socially conscious practices.

 

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Pulitzer prize-winning historian Professor Annette Gordon-Reed offers both an historical and strikingly personally look at Juneteenth, the event marking the end of slavery and now a new national holiday.  You can get an inside glimpse at this story in the interview with Professor Gordon-Reed that was published in the July 2021 issue of Interwoven Congregations Quarterly.

             -- Pat Jackson

                Interwoven Congregations

 

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You've heard of this day -- maybe you were there.  Either way, the iconic photographs of Roderick Terry and his accompanying commentary vividly immerse you in that sun-splashed day in 1996 when a million black men gathered on the National Mall in an act of solidarity and hope.  Mr. Terry granted us permission to include a series of photos and written excerpts from his 25th Anniversary volume in the July 2021 issue of Interwoven Congregations Quarterly.  

             -- Pat Jackson

                Interwoven Congregations

 

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"Isabel Wilkerson speaks so clearly.  People appreciate this book because it allows you to say, without getting defensive, 'Ah, that's what's happening in our society.'   I personally want to get away from my anger and my fear, and Caste helps me do that."

                       -- Rev. Dr. Paul Smith

                          Interwoven Congregations                                                                    Advisory Board Member

 

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Odds are this book is either already on your own shelf or at least on your to-read list.  And it should be.  Kendi brings a relentless method to his argument -- across all spheres of our lives -- of what it means to act more like an antiracist.    Kendi melds both theory and practice, presented through the twin prisms of his scholarship and own life experience, in a manner that begs the reader the question:   how will you apply this?       

          -- Pat Jackson

             Interwoven Congregations

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The title alone gives you the sense that this classic by Dr. King, published in 1967, could have just been released this year.  We often wonder what great voices who were silenced too early would be saying in our day.  This prophetic text gives a strong clue as to what Dr. King might have said, written or blogged were he standing in our midst.      

          -- Pat Jackson

             Interwoven Congregations

Austin Channing Brown tells her story of exhaustion as an African American woman growing up in U.S. society.  She learns from an educational mentor that "Ain't no friends here" and then how to survive in white organizations that claim to be antiracist.  It's a personal, at times searing portrait that inspires and challenges.  At the end, Channing can say "We're still here."

 

                         -- Pat Jackson

                             Interwoven Congregations

Reesa Menakem's provocative thesis is this:

"Until this racialized trauma is addressed, changing attitudes or opening minds is largely impossible . . . any attempts to address it through the head -- the thinking, reasoning brain -- are doomed.  And it is why every answer needs to begin with the body."  In his text, Menakem then proceeds to give us the tools to heal our bodies as a first step towards healing our society.

                         -- Pat Jackson

                             Interwoven Congregations

A few meaningful glimpses into this treasured text include: 

“This is the position of the disinherited of every age:      How do we overcome oppression and find freedom from the oppressor?” . . . "The sound of the genuine” . . . 

“The hounds of hell:  Fear, Deception and Hate” . . .     “Love loves!”

          -- recommended by Therese Taylor-Stinson

Places

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        The National Museum of              African American Culture and History

                        Washington, D.C.

What places help communicate to you the struggle and triumph, the joys and despair associated with the journey to racial justice and healing?  Below are a few locations we recommend.  If you've had a significant experience at another location, please share it with us!  (Each image is a live link.)

 

Lynching Memorial & Museum in Montgomery

   The National Memorial for Peace  and Justice and the Legacy Museum

                   Montgomery, Alabama

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           The National Museum                         of the American Indian

                        Washington, D.C.

 The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

                   Birmingham, Alabama

Brown v. Board of Education

National Historic Site

                         Topeka, Kansas

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   The National Civil Rights Museum

                   Memphis, Tennessee

 The King Center

Atlanta, Georgia

Greenwood Rising History Center

Under Construction

                         Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Film & Art

Content is coming!

 

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Faith Resources

This is a collection of resources from an initial listing of Christian denominations and ecumenical organizations.  (Each image is a live link.)  More interfaith resources are forthcoming!

 

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Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the Matthew 25 initiative

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The Dismantling Racism initiative of National Capital Presbytery

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The Social Action Commission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church

 
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Scripture

What feeds you, challenges you, inspires you and guides you in your quest for racial justice and healing?  Welcome to some key scriptural resources for this journey.

Scriptures for Racial Justice & Healing

 

This is a 28-page collection of Biblical scriptures related to racial justice and healing that will encourage, inspire and challenge us as we continue on this road to racial justice and healing.  You can click on the title above or document to be directed to the page on this website with live links for all scripture, or you can download the PDF.

A six unit Bible study examining the call of scripture for racial healing and (re)conciliation

 
 

Antiracism

Organizations

There are an array of organizations doing amazing work to promote racial justice and healing!  Click on the logos to visit their websites.

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