Below are a list of resources that Pastor Glenn and Mark Jennings referenced in their June 2, 2020 “Testimony Tuesday” with Nadiyah Albee.
Sermon from Stephanie Mahan (Elder & Board Member at Makers) on 1/19/2020:
Pastor Derrick’s talk on Racial Reconciliation
Pastor Derrick talks to Pastor Mike Kelsey (Mike’s recommended resource list in the video description)
Older 2017 Kingdom Sermon from Pastor Marc with some foundational concepts for Makers Church
Bryan Stevenson’s teachings:
“We Need to Talk About Injustice” (TED Talk)
Be the Bridge Resources
BTB Recommend Resource List (helpful books, podcasts, films, courses, etc)
Seeing & Lamenting Whiteness with Andre Henry
Dear White Peacemakers with Osheta Moore
Books (Recommended by Global Immersion)
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion And The Problem of Race in America by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep us Apart by Christena Cleveland
Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism by Curtiss DeYoung and Allan Boesak
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
God of the Oppressed by James H. Cone
A Black Theology of Liberation by James H. Cone
Race: A Theological Account by J. Kameron Carter
Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil
The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right by Lisa Sharon Harper
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now by Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
Shalom Sisters: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World by Osheta Moore
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasah Morrison
Can White People Be Saved?: Triangulating Race, Theology and Mission by Love Sechrest
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James Jennings
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G.I. Hart
White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to Be White by Daniel Hill
Resources for Parents to use with children
“7 Key Steps to Raising Inclusive Kids” by Big Life Journal
“Mixed: Diversity Story & Study Guide” by Arree Chung (PDF Download)
“Coming Together: Standing Up Against Racism” A Town Hall for Kids & Families hosted by Sesame Street
Social Justice Book List (A great selection of multicultural and social justice books for children of all ages)
A Letter to our Church on Racial Justice & Healing –
Over the past few months, we have witnessed one tragic event after another; these events have shaken our nation and our church to its core. The ongoing challenges of living through a global pandemic have been compounded by the unjust and tragic deaths of our black brothers and sisters at the hands of those sworn to protect us, and have newly awakened many to the longstanding inequity, injustice and systemic racism that exists in our country and communities. There are no words to adequately describe the personal and collective grief that we feel as a church and as a community. We must do better.
Makers Church has always believed in liberty and equality for all and that each and every person is created in the image of God and deserving of love. We see this as a cornerstone of the gospel: “for Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all” (2 Corinthians 5:14). This love of Christ and love for all compels us to look critically at the choices we have made at Makers Church. While we have always been a community that strives for diversity that truly reflects the kingdom of heaven, we recognize that we still have a long road ahead of us. We are committed to making progress and always moving forward.
Our mission is: to make on earth as it is in heaven. While we have not always lived out this value to its fullest extent, we have made significant steps in this direction most recently in our merge with North Park Baptist, a historically diverse church. This merge has allowed us to make changes in our Board, Elder team, and staff to include more folks of color. We have also invited a team of diverse congregants together to look closely at all layers of our church to help identify changes we can make to better live out our mission. We have always longed to be a diverse community and are more committed now than ever before to live this out at every level at Makers Church.
As a leadership team, we are dedicating our time to listening, learning, and educating ourselves, not only for our own growth and development but also to ensure that the structures and systems at Makers church reflect our commitment to diversity and racial healing. While the process of understanding our own privilege and biases, as well as inviting everyone to the table with us, is not a quick or easy one, we are committed to doing the hard work. This will be our primary focus for the Fall of 2020. We will be evaluating the current systems at Makers Church and restructuring where advised and needed. In addition to this restructuring, we are dedicating time to strategically reimagine what the future of Makers Church would look like in order to better reflect our mission. We invite you to join us on this journey.
We have provided additional resources to support further education and awareness of this movement. Please visit our website and Instagram page to review the various resources available. We are humbled and honored to lead this church into what we believe will be one of the most powerful and culturally shifting moments in our history. On behalf of the elders, board of directors and ministry team leaders at Makers Church, we want to thank you for trusting us to lead you in this work, as we follow the lead of Jesus by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We look forward to making important, meaningful and transformational progress with all of you.
Makers Church Pastoral Team