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Explore more than 20 relevant online classes offered by Calvin University regarding the Christian response to COVID-19 A Christian Response to Racism in the Year of Coronavirus Article by Allen Yeh https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2020/march/christian-response-to-racism-in-year-of-coronavirus.html Article by Allen Yeh Topics: Racism , Unity , Image of God Source: Christianity Today This article focuses on the increase of racism against people of Asian descent in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic, encouraging Christians to fight against irrational responses to fear by recognizing God's image in all people. Why Christians Are Incapable of Racial Healing Element of Worship by Sean Palmer https://www.missioalliance.org/confession-evasion-christians-incapable-racial-healing/ Element of Worship by Sean Palmer Topics: Racism , Healing , Repentance , Sin Source: Missio Alliance Reflecting on several scriptures, Sean Palmer discusses the stark reality of racism in the church. Also included is a litany of "Confession in response to violence in Charlottesville by Mike Yager and Andrew Hill. Racism and the Dying American Church Article by Joy Craun https://www.missioalliance.org/racism-and-the-dying-american-church/ Article by Joy Craun Topics: Racism , Sin , Church Source: Missio Alliance The American church should confront, repent, and actively pursue ending racism. Joy Craun explains how unaddressed, pervasive racism is one of the reasons why American church is dying. Racism, Police Killings, and the Way Forward: A Pastoral Letter from a Black Man of Faith Article by Earl James https://www.faithward.org/a-pastoral-reflection-on-racism-police-killings-and-the-way-forward/ Article by Earl James Topics: Racism , Murder , Justice , Blackness Source: Faithward Earl James, a Black man of faith, shares a pastoral letter on the way forward through racism. He reflects on the experience of being African-American, being an ally, police killings and use-of-force, and practical steps. Prayers in the Face of Racism Element of Worship by Fran Pratt http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/164124584935/litany-for-charlottseville Element of Worship by Fran Pratt Topics: Racism , Peace , Hatred , Violence Source: Global Worship "God, we are sad to see the stark truth of demons that remain among us: Hatred, bigotry, racism, and white supremacy." Prayers written by Fran Pratt and Kenneth Tanner in response to racist demonstrators in Charlottesville. Our Times are in Your Hands Article by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2016/12/prayer-litany-our-times-are-in-your.html Article by Christine Longhurst Topics: Prayer , Violence , Time , Courage Source: Re-Worship J. Lee Hill writes a New Year responsive litany. He asks God for hope, light, courage, and justice in the face of injustices including a broken immigration policy, racism, sexism, homophobia, mass incarceration, and gun violence. How Can White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism? Article by Carolyn B. Helsel https://www.faithandleadership.com/carolyn-b-helsel-how-can-white-christians-talk-faithfully-about-racism Article by Carolyn B. Helsel Topics: Racism , Gratitude , Conversation , Guilt Source: Faith and Leadership White people may feel shame and guilt about racism, which often halts the conversation, says Carolyn B. Helsel. In this interview, Helsel talks about moving beyond the guilt and shame, to making those conversations more grace-filled. Combating Racism Devotional by Roy Lloyd http://day1.org/7510-roy_lloyd_combating_racism Devotional by Roy Lloyd Topics: Racism , Spirit , Spirituality , Healing Source: Day1 This brief reflection suggests that combating and ending racism is a sacred mission coming from our deepest and most profound values. To do so paves a path toward reclaiming the core of our human spirit. Service of Lamentation for Racism Element of Worship by SueAnn Shiah http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/151068296915/service-of-lamentation-for-racism Element of Worship by SueAnn Shiah Topics: Racism , Lament , Injustice , Worship Planning Source: Global Worship This blog post features a Service of Lamentation for Racism that includes songs, readings, and a corporate confession. Listed also are several other resources about racism and injustice for congregational use. Avoiding Racism in Starting New Congregations Study Guide by Robert B. Kruschwitz http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/110989.pdf Study Guide by Robert B. Kruschwitz Topics: Racism , Integration , Justice , Reconciliation Source: The Christian Reflection Project "How is our ethnocentrism—expressed in the homogeneous unit principle ... infecting the practice of starting new congregations in the United States?" A study guide about racism in the church, including discussion questions and liturgical elements. Citizenship in the Kingdom of God is the End of Racism Article by Efrem Smith https://www.missioalliance.org/citizenship-in-the-kingdom-of-god-is-the-end-of-racism/ Article by Efrem Smith Topics: Racism , Church , Reconciliation , Calling Source: Missio Alliance Reflecting on the Charlottesville attack and 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, Efrem Smith reminds us of our call to live as ambassadors of reconciliation declaring how racism is in no way representative of God's kingdom. Anti-Racism in the Renewing of Christian Worship, 2020 Article http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/anti-racism-in-the-renewing-of-christian-worship-2020 Article Topics: Racism , Peace , Reconciliation , Lament Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship A statement of lament and recommitment following the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. Portions could be used for public worship. Included is a list of links to resources on anti-racism, reconciliation and cultural competency. The Painful and Liberating Practice of Facing My Own Racism Article by Courtney E. Martin https://onbeing.org/blog/courtney-martin-the-painful-and-liberating-practice-of-facing-my-own-racism/ Article by Courtney E. Martin Topics: Racism , Shame Source: On Being Shame and defensiveness about racism are not the path to change. A columnist extends a challenge: to face the reality of deeply embedded racism directly, and to resolve to change the prejudices that remain. The Cancer of Racism amid COVID-19 Article by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-cancer-racism/ Article by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra Topics: Racism Source: The Gospel Coalition In response to data that shows 3 in 10 American blaming Chinese people for the COVID-19 pandemic, this article implores the Christian church to show gospel-centered love in the stand against racism and hate crimes. U.S. Bishops Adopt New Anti-racism Letter, First in Almost 40 Years Article by Olga Segura https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/11/14/us-bishops-adopt-new-anti-racism-letter-first-almost-40-years Article by Olga Segura Topics: Racism Source: America: The Jesuit Review This article reflects upon news that the U.S. Catholic bishops voted to accept the first pastoral letter against racism in almost 40 years. The State of Racism in America Sermon (Complete) by Katharine Jefferts Schori http://day1.org/5476-the_most_rev_katharine_jefferts_schori_50_years_later_the_state_of_racism_in_america Sermon (Complete) by Katharine Jefferts Schori Topics: Racism , Justice , Diversity , Discipline Source: Day1 Starting with Revelation's vision (7:9, 13-17) of a diverse multitude of people, restored and at peace in God's presence, Katharine Jefferts Schori reflects on the continual challenge of vigilance in overcoming racism. VBS Programs Address Racism, Pandemic in Virtual Setting Sermon Starter/Outline by Kevin Johnson http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/vbs-programs-address-racism-pandemic-in-virtual-setting Sermon Starter/Outline by Kevin Johnson Topics: Racism , Jonah , Ruth , Children Source: Discipleship Ministries During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, children's ministers have developed innovative ways to connect with children and grow disciples. This VBS resource offers a full curriculum and program to address both COVID-19 and racism. Everything I Know About Racism I Learned in the Church Sermon Illustration by Christena Cleveland https://www.missioalliance.org/everything-i-know-about-racism-i-learned-in-the-church/ Sermon Illustration by Christena Cleveland Topics: Racism , Church , Angel , Blackness Source: Missio Alliance Christena Cleveland relates several anecdotes from her experience that could serve as illustrations of how "the church continues to be a powerful agent of racism in our world." The Credibility of the [Monocultural] Church on Racism Article by Mark DeYmaz http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/56001124718/the-credibility-of-the-monocultural-church-on Article by Mark DeYmaz Topics: Racism , Church , Cultures , Reconciliation Source: Global Worship The American Church has virtually no credibility in the eyes of society when it comes addressing racism. Deep reconciliation must take place. Mark DeYmaz believes God may use race to heal the church. Taking Responsibility for Racism Article by Drew G. I. Hart https://www.faithandleadership.com/drew-gi-hart-changing-way-church-views-racism Article by Drew G. I. Hart Topics: Racism , Race , Liberation theology , Slavery Source: Faith and Leadership An interview with Drew G. I. Hart about addressing racism in and through the Church. Christians need to adopt a more complex understanding of how race shapes our communities, and we need to "recover" Jesus.

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