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Christian Reformed World Missions
Up to three $200 scholarships are available to qualified applicants from an ethnic minority to attend a Perspectives Course.
Diversity and Anti-Racism
Why Diversity and Anti-Racism?
One of Christian Reformed World Missions’ core values states:
We value the image of God in all people and the humility that opens us up to respect, learn from and grow with them. We dismantle racism and address other abuses of power within our context and work with our partners to address these abuses in their contexts.
Why do we use the term 'anti-racism'? Isn't that a negative term? Why can't we just celebrate our diversity?
Vision: We see a future where CRWM's stated value of anti-racism permeates all that CRWM is and does.
Mandate: The World Missions Anti-Racism Team exists to help CRWM identify and implement policies to move us towards our vision. We do this by encouraging all CRWM departments to develop and take ownership of specific anti-racism goals, and by providing support as they do so.
Click on a title for information from Amazon.com or another source where available. A more complete resource list is available from Church of the Servant.
- Facing the Truth With Bill Moyers
- Lessons from "The Color of Fear"
- Race: The Power of an Illusion
- The Price of Sugar (hosted on YouTube, movie focuses on the Dominican Republic)
- Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North
- Radio in Black and White (weekly radio show based out of Grand Rapids, MI)
- Black Boy, Richard Wright
- Belhar Confession
- Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina, Eduardo Galeano
- More than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel, Spencer Perkins and Chris Rice
- Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, Eduardo Galeano
- Race Matters, Cornel West
- Rising to Common Ground: Overcoming America's Color Lines, Danny Duncan Collum
- The Souls of Black Folks, W. E. B. Dubois
- This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith, Robert J. Priest and Alvaro L. Nieves
- "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity, Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Are You Colorblind? Chris Lahr, Red Letter Christians blog, July 2011
- How and Why Bethlehem Pursues Ethnic Diversity, John Piper, 2007, (3 pages)
- One Lord, One Faith, Many Ethnicities: How to Become a Diverse Organization and Keep Your Sanity, Christianity Today, January 2004 (3 pages)
- Post Racial: I Don't Think So, blog post by Frank Schaeffer, 2010
- Time for African American Missionaries, James Sutherland, EMQ, October 2004 (11 pages)
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh, 1990 (7 pages)
- Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is, John Scalzi (blog, 2 pages)
Resource Reviews by Staff
- Aboriginal Ministry (CRCNA Canadian Ministries)
- Calvin College Office for Multicultural Affairs
- Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network
- Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation (Church of the Servant)
- CRCNA Office of Race Relations
- Diversity Learning Center (Grand Rapids Community College)
- Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism
- Love Isn't Enough (blog about parenting and race)
- Partners for a Racism Free Community