Our Pro-Baptismal / Anti-Racist Journey 

Opportunities To Engage, Learn, Listen & Grow 


As we commit ourselves to engage, learn, listen and grow together on our pro-baptismal / anti-racist journey, know the work ahead will not be easy or quick.  We may not always get it right.  It will take patience, grace, growth and hard work.  But it is the work we are called to do.  It is the work of the Church.  It is the work of our church. 

As tip #16 in Be the Bridge’s Bridge-Building Tips for White People says, “Don’t give up. This will be a hard, lifelong process. Take care of yourself. Find community. Take time out to disconnect and process. Abide in the Word. Pray. Laugh. Cry. Yell. Sit quietly. Sing. Dance. Remember that our hope is in Jesus, who is present, and who sees all, and who grieves more deeply than you over racial oppression. Then come back and work hard again tomorrow. POC don’t get to step out of their skin and walk away the way we can. Remain, even when it’s harder than you imagined it could be, in solidarity.”


There is no reason to limit Black history to one month.  You can check out resources shared this February here.


Weekly resources from our study around the book Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison.  Week One,  Week Two,  Week Three and Week Four.


In August 2020, around a Sermon on the Mount sermon series, our pastors had conversations with local leaders, exploring the intersection of our faith and anti-racism work.  Click here to watch Rev. Ashley Griffith and Dr. Margaret Brunson, discuss being salt and light in the world.  To watch the conversation between Rev. Will McLeane and Rev. Crystal DesVignes, discussing a needed spirituality for the long haul, and to access the resources that accompanied that discussion, click here.  To view Rev. Ned Hill and Tim Tyson’s conversation around peacemakers, tap here.







Renounce, Resist & Reject Racism, a UMC.org feature by Ryan Dunn

An Anti-Racism/Pro-Baptism Conversation, On July 15, 2020, Rev. Lisa Yebuah and Rev. Greg Moore led a powerful conversation with our Church Council outlining a spiritual framework for our pro-baptismal/anti-racist journey. 


16 Bridge Building Tips for White People, from Be the Bridge

How to Really Listen from We’re Not Really Strangers

Be the Bridge 101: Foundational Principles Every White Bridge-Builder Needs to Understand


The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Summons to Witness, Protest & Promise


Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism from UMC Discipleship Ministries

A Prayer for the Church, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Turning to God in Days of Trouble – for when you need help with words


How to overcome our biases?  Walk boldly towards them.  TED Talk by Verna Myers

Who Me, Biased?  a New York Times six short video series

Biased by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt (check out her interview with Trevor Noah)

Bias resource from the National Museum of African American History & Culture


Talking About Race, resources from the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Helpful Tips from a UMC Pastor in Ferguson, MO

The 8 Rs of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations by Net Impact

Want To Have Better Conversations About Racism With Your Parents? Here’s How, NPR 

Comparing Debate, Discussion & Dialogue


Children Will Light Up the World if We Don’t Keep Them in the Dark, TED Talk by Lucretia Berry

Talking to Kids about Race, resource by National Geographic 

Embrace Race, website resource for raising children

Raising Antiracist Kids: An Age by Age Guide for Parents of White Children by Rebekah Gienapp

Talking to Kids about Race and Racism – Part 1 & Part 2 from Be the Bridge

3 Experts on How to Raise Anti-racist Kids by Fast Company

How to Talk with Kids about Race, Privilege Amid George Floyd Protests, tips from Good Morning America 


Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of our Nation, by John Lewis

Renounce, Reject & Resist Racism, a UMC.org feature by Ryan Dunn

The Church Must Commit to a Longterm Fight Against Racism, by Dr. Eric Mason

15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes That Will Challenge You To Take Action from Relevant 

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Ibram X. Kendi

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

Explaining White Privilege to A Broke White Person by Gina Crosley-Corcoran

21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis by Heben Nigatu

Guide to Allyship, created by Amélie Lamont 

Reflections from a Token Black Friend by Ramesh A Nagarajah 

Performative Allyship Is Deadly (Here’s What to Do Instead) by Holiday Phillips

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today by Joshua Holland 

Climbing the White Escalator by Betsy Leondar-Wright

Equity vs. Equality: Understanding the Differences by the UMC General Commission on Religion & Race

ESUMC History


Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison 

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (other books suggested by this author)

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Byran Stevenson

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature by Jacqueline Goldsby

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino


25 Books about Protest, Pride and Promise by Black Authors

20 Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good from EmbraceRace

The Conscious Kid book subscriptions

10 Diverse Books to Teach Kids (preschool – 16) about Racism and Representation

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (ages 9-13)

Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes (grades 4-8)

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (grades 9 & up)

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas (grades 8 & up)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You: Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds (young adult version, ages 12 & up)

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story for the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson (for ages 12 & up)


Code Switch, an NPR podcast tackling race from all angles (an especially powerful episode: A Decade of Watching Black People Die)

Unlocking Us, Brene Brown interview with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

Scene on Radio’s Seeing White Series (a few of the episodes have some political statements and language that might make you uncomfortable. Please keep going. The hard work before us is the work of learning and listening). 

Truth’s Table, Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson and Ekemini Uwan – three Black Christian women who love truth and seek it out wherever it leads them.

Still Processing, a New York Times culture podcast with Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morrison

Be the Bridge Podcast, Awaking to Whiteness

1619, a New York Times series on how slavery has transformed America 

On Being with Krista Tippet, many great episodes around what it means to be human


We Have a Choice by Jonathan Walton – Dean of the Wake Forest Divinity School 

Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call the Cops 

How to overcome our biases?  Walk boldly towards them.  TED Talk by Verna Myers

Color blind or color brave?  TED Talk by Mellody Hobson

Children Will Light Up the World if We Don’t Keep Them in the Dark, TED Talk by Lucretia Berry

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time, TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston 

What Kind of Asian Are You? 

The Danger of a Single Story, TED Talk by Chimamanda Adiche

Being Black in America

A Conversation on Race, a series of short films about identity in America (all under 7 minutes)

26 New York Times Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bais & Identity with  Students (and people of all ages)

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo


Austin Channing Brown, author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness 

Ibram X. Kendi, the author of How To Be An Antiracist and Director of the Antiracism Center

Be The Bridge, a racial literacy organization – you can also join their Racial Unity FB Group

Black Coffee with White Friends

Osheta Moore, author of Shalom Sistas

Andre Henry, Writer, speaker, singer-songwriter

Margaret Brunson, local leader and speaker 

Lisa Yebuah, Pastor, Southeast Raleigh Table

Southeast Raleigh Table

Nikkolas Smith, artist

The Conscious Kid


Just Mercy, a film based on civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s work on death row in Alabama

Race – The Power of Illusion, three episodes

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, PBS series

Selma, a film that chronicles the marches of the Civil Rights Movement

The 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley

Let It Fall, a documentary looking at racial tensions in Los Angeles and the riots over Rodney King’s death

When They See Us, a Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay about the Central Park Five

13th, a Netflix documentary exposing racial inequality within the criminal justice system

I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary envisioning the book James Baldwin was never able to finish

The Hate U Give, a film based on the YA novel offering an intimate portrait of race in America

Becoming, a Netflix documentary following Michelle Obama on her book tour

Hidden Figures, a film about the brilliant African American women of NASA

Oberlin: A Village Rooted in Freedom


Get to know and support black-owned businesses and restaurants in our community and/or research the positions of business where you spend your dollars. 

Explore Raleigh’s Black main street with new murals.  Take a walking tour of Black main street and historic African American churches.

Support organizations doing racial justice work by donating your time, money, and other resources. Search and find ones that resonate with you.


Racial Equity Institute

Be The Bridge Training

Brownicity – What Lies Between Us


African American History: From Emancipation to the Present, 2010 Yale University Class (free)