Actions Salvationists and Friends Can Take as They Fight for Racial Justice
  1. PRAY: For peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, wisdom, courage, strength, grace, and love. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done on earth as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:2
  2. MEDITATE on Scripture: (Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:16-17; Galatians 3:28; Revelation 7:9)
  3. WORSHIP: Invite the Holy Spirit in with liturgy, scripture reading and music. Replace our sadness with garments of praise (Isaiah 61:3). This is the fast I am after, to break the chains of Injustice (Isaiah 58). Start with Urban Doxology found here and support reconciliation ministries on music and web platforms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGoSaX0G1X4; Father Let Your Kingdom Come https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHIGm7qYVz4
  4. EDUCATE YOURSELF: Read, Listen, Watch (see resource section at the end of this listing)
  5. BE INCARNATIONAL. Get involved in ministry opportunities that invest in urban neighborhoods and diverse sections of your community. 
  6. LOOK WITHIN. Take an Implicit Bias test. One can be found here:

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

  1. LISTEN AND LEARN. Hear the journey and experience of Christian Black Men and Women
Dwight Radcliff on Black Pain, Fuller Institute Interview 5/30/2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cRY7DP5fT0
Major Dr. Marion Platt will be posting his preaching from Bible Conference a few summers ago, so like and follow his Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/marion.platt
  1. Know and write to your elected Officials https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials. Where do they stand on justice reform, law enforcement training and accountability, equal access to health care, education etc.?
  2. ALIGN WITH OTHER SPIRITUAL LEADERS. Come Shoulder to Shoulder with black/brown clergy and congregations in your context.
  3. Come Shoulder to Shoulder with Law Enforcement Officers in your context.
  4. SHOW GRACE. Be Sensible and Sensitive to your brothers and sisters in Christ.
  5. REINFORCE OUR STANDARDS. Diversify and enforce inclusiveness in groups of which you are a leader.
  6. SPEAK OUT. Participate in School Board meetings for the purpose of upholding our values and Biblical principles
  7. JOIN THE CONVERSATION. Follow #FightRacism on Twitter or other social media sites to find posts on efforts to fight racism.  Post your own.
  8. BE ACCOUNTABLE. Join a local Christian group fighting racism
  9. LOOK FURTHER. Church of the Nazarene compiled resources for White people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work: ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
  10. THINK GLOBALLY. United Nations – More than Meets the Eye:  Let’s Fight Racism!  What can YOU do to fight racism?  https://www.un.org/en/letsfightracism/
  11. BE HELPFUL. Seek African American Mental Health Professionals that are trauma informed and racially literate https://borislhensonfoundation.org/

 

 Additional Resources:

 

READ

The Salvation Army Position Statements

  • Read, preach and practice our Salvation Army International Positional Statements (IPS) pertaining to Racism, Power, Peacemaking, and The Salvation Army and the State. https://www.salvationarmy.org/isjc/ips
  • Read “Take a Stand” articles extending the IPSs by addressing the complex issues of Racism, a Kingdom use of Power, and peacemaking. https://www.salvationarmy.org/isjc/tas

 

Books

Indicate your interest in leading or participating in a book group. Initial facilitated book groups include:

ANTI-RACISM BOOKS:
  • White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo; Free Study Guide found here https://robindiangelo.com/resources/
  • I’m Still Here; Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown; Free Study Guide found here http://austinchanning.com/printables
  • Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep us Apart, by Christina Cleveland
  • Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice, by Brenda Salter McNeil
  • The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • White Rage, The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide*, Carol Anderson
  • Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America*, by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith.
  • Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and my Hope for Us all, by Bryon Loritts
  • The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, by Jemar Tisby
  • Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice, by Eric Mason
  • To Be Like Jesus: Christian Ethics for a 21st century Salvation Army, by Dean Pallant
  • Off the Race Track: From Color Blind to Color Kind, by Steve Simms
  • Tears We Cannot Stop, A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone
  • Soldiers of Uncommon Valor: The History of African Descent in The United States, by Warren L. Maye
  • Souls of Black Folk (WEB Dubois)
  • Strength to Love, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Unsettling Truths, by Mark Charles/Soon-Chah Rah
  • Christ in Crisis, by Jim Wallis

 

BIBILICAL SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOKS:

 

LISTEN:  Suggested podcasts could include

 

WATCH: or host a film screening of these possible movies:

 

Resources compiled and recommended by

ATSM Terri Neville, Director – Social Justice Resource Center

(For more information, contact her at Terri.Neville@uss.salvationarmy.org)

June 2020