This is a collection of resources to help you engage current theological conversations and find new inspiration for personal study.
These resources are divided into two sections. The first part offers suggestions for personal study and worship from fellow congregants. This is a great place to check if you’re looking for something new to read or listen to. These resources will be updated periodically so check back regularly.
The second group of resources provide theological discussion to help you grapple with issues that are part of current conversations. The current areas of conversation being highlighted are around the church and LGBTQ+ inclusion and anti-racism.
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LGBTQ+ Inclusion and the Church
Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate
Reasonable Doubt: A Case for LGBTQ Inclusion in the Institutions of Marriage and Church by Scott McQueen
Scott is a Baptist pastor who provides biblical and scholarly analysis in support of LGBTQ inclusion and same-sex marriage.
Changing Our Mind by David Gushee
Gushee, for much of his career, was celibacy affirming, but has experienced a shift in his thinking and is now affirming of monogamous same-sex marriages. This book chronicles his journey with the issue of same-sex marriage.
This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians by Jim Dant
Dant is a Baptist pastor who provides a brief introduction to common arguments for same-sex marriage in the church.
Chris Conley shares the three reasons why he thinks the church should bless loving same-sex marriages in this article at Baptist News.
United Methodist Bishop Richard Wilke’s uses this blog to quickly tell his story and examine the scriptures often associated with this conversation.
Matthew Vines and Caleb Kaltenbach offer different interpretations of the Bible passages often associated with the same-sex marriage debate.
Respectful Conversation Site. This collection of posts would eventually be processed into Respectful LGBT Conversations.
Adam Hamilton offers the keynote at a conference seeking to keep the United Methodist Church united despite different views on same-sex marriage. In
Anit-Racism and the Church
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
A systematic theologian explores the paradoxical relationship between Jesus’ death on the cross and the atrocious history of the lynchings of blacks; a memoir on the painful experience of being both a Christian and a black man in America.
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
Exploring the American Christian church’s historic complicity in racism.
I’m Still Here: Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
An illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness—if we let it—can save us all.
>> For more church-related suggestions, check out the CBF Advocacy Racial Justice Reading List.
“Brene with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist” (Unlocking Us with Brené Brown) –a discussion of racial disparities, policy, and equality with a focus on How to Be an Antiracist, a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves
“White Women’s Toxic Tears, with Lisa Sharon Harper” (For the Love with Jen Hatmaker) – a raw, honest, informative, solidarity-building conversation about the historical and cultural roots and current-day patterns of white women’s betrayals of people of color
1619 (New York Times) – audio series examining the long shadow of American slavery
Code Switch (NPR) – presents contemporary news viewed through the lens of race and identity
Talking about Race by Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture – online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of American culture
“Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” by Emmanuel Acho – YouTube video series created by Acho, a sports analyst and former NFL linebacker, as an educational tool for white people who are looking to help but might not necessarily understand how or where to start
“Justice Too Long Delayed” by Timothy Dalrymple (Christianity Today) – a look at the church’s participation in racial injustice and how to make restitution for that sin
Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race
book list broken up by age, plus helpful info about where to start
We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street) by Bobbi Kates
An easy, enjoyable way to learn that we may all look different on the outside, but, deep down, we are all very much alike.
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
This children’s picture book shows us that people can be anything they want to be and makes us question where and when racist thoughts begin as well as who teaches us them.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
A “remix” of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped, the book takes us on a journey from 1415 to the present day, showing the history of racist ideology in the U.S. and what we can do to actively stamp out these deep-rooted ideas (Ages 12+).