Racial Justice Resources
To learn more about the issues of racial injustice and reconciliation, we've prepared a list of helpful resources.
Micah 6:8: “O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Matthew 22:37-39: “Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
One of the big themes in Scripture is God’s heart for justice. We see this lived out in the life of Jesus as he continuously healed, ate meals with, and cared for people who were on the margins of society. Today, as followers of Jesus, we strive to love our neighbors well—especially our neighbors who are hurting. Following Jesus this way means stepping into what might be awkward, uncomfortable, or even contentious with hope and courage as we seek out what it means to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God in our communities.
Below you will find suggested resources on racism for adults, teens/adolescents, elementary, and pre-school children. We hope and pray that you will find these beneficial as you seek to grow in your own knowledge and understanding, dive into discussions in your life group, and/or figure out how to have conversations with your children about this topic.
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation* by Latasha Morrison
The Color of Compromise* by Jemar Tisby
Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Navigating Diversity: In Our Most Segregated Hour by Dan Berry
One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love by John M. Perkins
Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0* by Brenda Salter McNeil
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism* by Drew G.I. Hart
The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right by Lisa Sharon Harper
White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White* by Daniel Hill
Just Mercy (adapted for young adults) by Bryan Stevenson
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Cornerstone Church is opposed to racism and believes until the racial injustices that exist in our country are resolved, it is the responsibility of the Church to acknowledge and reject any forms of oppression, injustice, and inequality that exist in our society. It is our responsibility to be the example of leadership and healing for the world for racial reconciliation.
There is a historic and systemic inequality that has affected our black brothers and sisters that needs to be eradicated. It is clear through the life, teachings, and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ that all lives matter. This is foundational to our belief. But it is also important, in times like now, to express and support that Black Lives Matter specifically. This does not mean that some lives matter more than others, but it is an acknowledgment that all lives need to matter equally.
The tragic death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, and other examples recent and throughout history like it, require response. Righteous anger is biblical and was modeled by Jesus. These examples highlight again the need for transformation and healing. Our prayer is that this moment will not pass without true change that will provide equality and justice that covers all people.