Some Timely Resources…a Start

One of the purposes of the REA website is to share resources in the field of religious education, and now is certainly a time that we need to be made aware of good resources for transformative learning, teaching in times of crisis, and acting for justice.  As a follow up to REA’s Statement On the Murder of George Floyd, the REA Board wanted to make resources available that would advance work against systemic oppression. A wealth of resources are currently being generated and disseminated to the public, so the REA Board thought it might be helpful to highlight resources in our field on race, racism, violence, and black culture, especially the excellent work being done by scholars in religious education.  Please add to the brief start that I will make here by posting your own or recommending your colleague’s books, articles, web pages, blogs, or other resources.

Trouble Don’t Last Always: Emancipatory Hope Among African American Adolescents, by Evelyn Parker.  Pilgrim Press, 2003.

Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood, by Patrick B. Reyes. Chalice Press, 2018.

Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope, by Mai-Anh Le Tran. Abingdon, 2017.

From Lament to Advocacy: Black Religious Education and Public Ministry, edited by Anne Streaty Wimberly, Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, and Nathaniel West. Wesley’s Foundery Books, 2020.

United Against Racism: Churches for Change. National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, with chapters by Chuck Foster, Mary Hess, Denise Janssen, Callid Keefe-Perry, Randy Litchfield, Mary Elizabeth Moore, and more. Friendship Press (2018).

Resources from Race and Grace workshop. Mary Hess.  https://meh.religioused.org/web/race-grace/   

Please add to this from your top reads!

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