Justice Resources for Families


"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream" (Amos 5:24 NRSV).

 

Scripture

Read the story of the burning bush in Exodus 3 and hear what God has to say about oppressed people. 

In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus sends his disciples in the name of the diverse Trinity, not just to the people like them but to all nations. 

In Galatians, Paul tells us that “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). 

 

Inspiring Talks

Joe Davis at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering speaking about hope from the experience of a black man.

Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools in 2012 speaking about privilege and compassion.

A webinar from faith leaders of color in the ELCA about “Condemning White Supremacy.”  It is long and challenging but worthwhile for parents. 

 

Resources for Kids

Here is an excellent set of resources for kids from PBS Kids.

 

Books for Kids

Here is the list of Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners, all of which are excellent.  

 

Books for Adults

This is an excellent list of books from Augsburg Fortress, a Lutheran publisher.  

Jesus and the Disinherited is the seminal text from Howard Thurman (MLK's mentor) that both the Civil Rights Movement and Black Liberation Theology trace their roots through.

 

Other Resources

Here is an excellent set of learning tools from The National Museum of African American Histry and Culture.

Another resource from Peggy McIntosh about "unpacking" privilege and working towards justice.