United Against Racism: Facilitator's Guide

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Rev. Dr. Lakisha R. Lockhart, Rev. Dr. Denise L. Janssen, Rev. Dr. Lynne B. Caldwell, Rev. Dr. Joseph V. Crockett
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United Against Racism Facilitator’s Guide grows out of a profound awareness that embedded deep within the Christian faith tradition is a call to justice as a precursor to unity. Where there is no justice, there can be no authentic unity. The authors desire to join with other learners to pursue and to practice an authentic Christianity, a religion free of racism.

Even as we are preparing this document, eleven people in a Pittsburgh synagogue were gunned down with an automatic rifle because of anti-Semitic thinking… Countless black and brown bodies continue to fall from fear, hate, and ignorance and our nation’s leadership is preoccupied with building a wall and creating barriers to keep people out.

 In the midst of all that seems wrong the practice of an authentic Christianity is a profound act of hope.God can transform! Our unity is a sign of the beloved community to which our faith calls us. 

 Join the movement! Think, pray, and act so that everyone is able to live in that hope.

First Pages (PDF)


Unit 1: Awaken
Session 1: Cultivating Brave Space
Session 2: Exploring Historical Realities in America

Unit 2: Confront
Session 3: What is Justice? Whose Justice?
Session 4: Justice Has a Price

Unit 3: Transform
Session 5: Adapt, Change, or Transform: Spiritual Practices to End Racism
Session 6: Next Steps in Action and Practice

Additional Resources
Appendix A: Covenant Making
Appendix B: Sample Footprints
Appendix C: Body Prayer
Appendix D: Icebreaker Ideas