Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Resources on Sexual Orientation, Biblical Interpretation, Same Sex Marriage (and Marriage, generally speaking), and Being a Christian

Here's your one stop shop for resources we offer from the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, via The majority are geared toward a more general Christian audience than just Presbyterians. Happy reading!


The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart, by Mark Achtemeier

UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality, by Colby Martin

Mom, I’m Gay: Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith, by Susan Cottrell

Permission Granted: Take the Bible into Your Own Hands, Chapter 4, by Jennifer Grace Bird

Inclusive Marriage Services: A Wedding Sourcebook, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long & David Maxwell

From This Day Forward: Rethinking the Christian Wedding, by Kimberly Bracken Long

What the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?, Chapter 9, by Martin Thielen

A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, Chapter 11, by David P. Gushee

Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality, by Jack Rogers

Downloadable Studies

Human Sexuality: Knowing the Terms and Definitions in the Context of God’s Love

God’s Gift of Human Sexuality

A Reformed-Presbyterian Understanding of Human Sexuality

The Bible and Homosexuality, by Susan R. Garrett & Martha Bettis-Gee

Same-Sex Marriage: For Better or for Worse? (Youth Study), by Adam J. Copeland

Same-Sex Marriage: For Better, for Worse?, by Nancy J. Duff

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Racial Justice Resources, Chapter 5: Culture & Womanism

You may read previous chapters here.

Chapter 1: Disclaimers, Baby Steps, Intersectionality, and Critical Race Theory
Chapter 2: For Church Study, Feminist Work, & Theology
Chapter 3: News Sources & Organizations, Whiteness & White Supremacy
Chapter 4: History & Poetry

Culture, Etc.

Between the World & Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Yellow: Race in America Between Black and White, by Frank Wu
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, Updated & Expanded Edition, by Grace Lee Boggs with Scott Kurashige
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
African American Religious Thought: An Anthology, by Cornel West and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.


Womanism gets its own category.

Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk, by Deloris Williams 
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose, by Alice Walker
Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne, by Wilda C. Gafney 
An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation, by Nyasha Junior
Womanist Theological Ethics: A Reader, edited by Katie Geneva Cannon, Emilie M. Townes, Angela D. Sims
Katie's Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community, by Katie Geneva Cannon
Feminist and Womanist Essays in Reformed Dogmatics, edited by Amy Plantinga Pauw and Serene Jones 
When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective, by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder
Ain't I a Womanist, Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought, by Monica A. Coleman
Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology, by Pamela R. Lightsey
Just a Sister Away: A Womanist Vision of Women's Relationships in the Bible, by Renita J. Weems

Monday, July 18, 2016

Racial Justice Resources, Chapter 4: History & Poetry

You may read previous chapters here.

Chapter 1: Disclaimers, Baby Steps, Intersectionality, and Critical Race Theory
Chapter 2: For Church Study, Feminist Work, & Theology
Chapter 3: News Sources & Organizations, Whiteness & White Supremacy

I love reading history. I love that history is not only definitive story, but also threads of narrative told from a variety of perspectives. Here's a brief selected bibliography.


A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
A Larger Memory: A History of Our Diversity, With Voices, by Ronald Takaki
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen
Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong, by James W. Loewen
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Revisioning American History), by Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz
Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513-2008, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare, by James H. Cone
White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race, by Ian Haney-Lopez
Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, by Aviva Chomsky
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian America, by Ronald Takaki
Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, by Helen Zia
Changing Woman: A History of Racial Ethnic Women in Modern America, by Karen Anderson
Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Paso Por Sus Labios, by Cherríe L. Moraga
From Mammy to Miss America and Beyond: Cultural Images and the Shaping of US Social Policy, by K. Sue Jewell
Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, by Juan Gonzalez


This is a woefully incomplete list of poets. I decided to give just a taste of the poets I’ve most loved to read over the years. This is a list of women of color poets I would consider almost “classics” in contemporary (or recent past) U.S. literature.

Nayyirah Waheed
Maya Angelou
Janice Mirikitani
Sonia Sanchez
Elizabeth Alexander
Suheir Hammad
June Jordan
Nikki Giovanni
Joy Harjo
Lucille Clifton
Mitsuye Yamada
Leslie Marmon Silko
Gwendolyn Brooks
Sonia Sanchez

I also tend to keep an eye on spoken word, especially the young people who perform in the Brave New Voices festival. If you want to feel better about the capacity of young people to name hard truths, claim love and beauty in struggle, locate voice as people of color in white supremacist America, and claim antiracist white identities, go find them. You can follow them on social media, find videos online, and join the network here: 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Racial Justice Resources, Chapter 3: News Sources & Organizations, Whiteness & White Supremacy

You may read other chapters here.

Chapter 1: Disclaimers, Baby Steps, Intersectionality, and Critical Race Theory here.

Chapter 2: For Church Study, Feminist Work, & Theology

Chapter 4: History & Poetry

News Sources & Organizations

I’m a big fan of exposing myself to information. Corporate news that we all have access to is incomplete at best (somewhat by necessity), so if you do want to know more, here are organizations, news sources, publications, podcasts, and radio shows you may want to follow on Twitter and Facebook, subscribe to, listen to, or support.

Post your contributions in the comments!

Because there are so many ways to interact with these listed below, I will not post links. Simply go to your preferred platform and search.

Black Lives Matter
Native Lives Matter
18 Million Rising
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
NPR’s Code Switch (show and podcast)
The Feminist Wire
Facing Race
Muslim AntiRacism
Latino Rebels
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Audre Lorde Project
Southerners on New Ground
Center for Asian American Media
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund
Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund

Whiteness & White Supremacy

Dear White Christians, by Jennifer Harvey
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, by Toni Morrison
Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It, by Shelly Tochluk
Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White, by David Roediger
The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class, by David Roediger
The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness
Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror, edited by Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic
Disrupting White Supremacy from Within, edited by Jennifer Harvey, Karin A. Case, & Robin Hawley Gorsline

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Racial Justice Resources, Chapter 2: For Church Study, Feminist Work, & Theology

Chapter 4: History & Poetry

I will take pity upon readers and open each chapter with the stuff that’s meant to be easy to read. But anyone (and I mean anyone) with access to a dictionary or a library can find a way into the other stuff here. I was reading college textbooks in high school and doing graduate-level statistical analyses as a junior in college. It sucked, but I learned a lot. That’s how I believe you can do some of this reading!

If you have suggested resources I didn't include, please add them in the comments!

For Church Study

For Presbyterian Church Groups

Becoming theBeloved Community: People of Faith Working Together to Eradicate Racism: A Study Guide for Presbyterian Women, produced by Presbyterian Women in DVD format, four 15-minute segments and accompanying study guide

For all Church Groups

Race in a Post-Obama America: The Church Responds, ed by David Maxwell (This is the only book in this list I've read, because I contributed to it.)
The UCC has resources for their Sacred Conversations on Race that can be helpful to everyone. 

Feminist Work (minus the Christian stuff)

killing rage: Ending Racism, by bell hooks (she’s written so much, it’s hard to choose just one)

Theology (This field grows just as fast as the feminist field, so there are many newer works I should have added but didn't. Also, if you noticed this looks incomplete, Womanism is going to get its own category in another chapter.)

Beyond the Pale: Reading Theology from the Margins, edited by Miguel de la Torre & Stacey Floyd-Thomas
A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology, edited by Maria Pilar Aquino, Daisy Machado, & Jeanette Rodriguez
Racism & God-Talk: A Latino/a Perspective, by Ruben Rosario Rodriguez
Deliver Us From Evil: Resisting Racial and Gender Oppression, by James Newton Poling
Off the Menu: Asian & Asian North American Women's Religion and Theology, edited by Jung Ha Kim, Kwok Pui-Lan, Rita Nakashima Brock, & Seung Ai Yang