The Norma Marion Alloway Library presents our new series The Love of Reading to encourage us to expand our minds.

We continue to recognize the importance in standing up and speaking against racism.  Together we need to educate one another and do the work together to dismantle unjust power structures that oppress BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) communities and work towards justice, love and fellowship (Amos 5:15).

Below is a small selection of ebooks  on the subject, “race relations AND Christianity“; click on the link for more information. To find additional titles in this subject area, simply enter the subject term into the Library OneSearch box and then refine your search by selecting “ebooks“. Note, you will need to sign on using your TWU login.

We also encourage you to spend time and become informed of  Black issues and history; see recommended material from Black History Month Must Reads (vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3, and vol. 4).

Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics /Lloyd, Vincent W. and Andrew L. Prevot.
Anti-black racism is a central ethical crisis of our time. From police violence to mass incarceration, from environmental racism to micro-aggressions. This title speaks how do Christian ideas, practices, and institutions contribute to today’s struggle for racial justice. Further, how these institutions need to be re-imagined against the challenges to white supremacy posed by today’s movements for racial justice.

Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism /Helsel, Carolyn B.
As a pastor and professor, the author draws on her interactions with white congregations to offer insight and tools to embrace, explore and work through the anxious feelings that often arise in conversations about racism. Through personal stories, observations on racial identity development, and spiritual practices to help engage issues of racial justice prayerfully, this title will provide a deeper understanding of race in America and individuals place in it.

Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church /Gilbreath, Edward.
This title explores the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ 50 years after its publication, showing its profound implications for the church today. The author encourages readers to reflect on the relevance of King’s work for the church and culture of our day. Whether it is in debates about immigration, economic redistribution or presidential birth certificates, race continues to play a role in shaping society. What part will the church play in the ongoing struggles?

Race: A Theological Account /Carter, J. Kameron.
This title meditates on the multiple legacies implicated in the production of a racialized world and that still mark how we function in it and think about ourselves. These are the legacies of colonialism and empire, political theories of the state, anthropological theories of the human, and philosophy itself, from the eighteenth-century Enlightenment to the present. The racial imagination is thus a particular kind of theological problem.

Slavery’s Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity /Gorman, James L.
This title examines the sobering historical realities of race relations and Christianity have created both unity and division within American churches from the 1790s into the twenty-first century.