On our Shelf
Film & Art
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!
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!
May 5 - 6, 2021
Economic Summit -- Momentum (virtual)
Organizer: The Greenlining Institute
Focus: Promoting economic equity. Keynotes include author Isabel Wilkerson
Cost: $20 - $120
May 15 & June 13, 2021
Online Workshop: "Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples"
Organizer: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples
July 14, 21 & 28, 2021
Workshops: "What White People Can Do about Racism"
Organizer: Center for the Study of White American Culture
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.
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.
Seeing White -- A 14 episode series that examines the roots of racism and its unique manifestation in the United States.
The Land that Never Has Been Yet -- A continuation of the series from "Seeing White"
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.
"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 Board Member
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
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
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
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
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
The National Museum of African American Culture and History
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.)
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum
The National Museum of the American Indian
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Brown v. Board of Education
National Historic Site
The National Civil Rights Museum
The King Center
Greenwood Rising History Center
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!
Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the Matthew 25 initiative
The Dismantling Racism initiative of National Capital Presbytery
The Social Action Commission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church
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.
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