Walk Humbly

Walk Humbly:

A Four-Week Journey Toward Racial Reconciliation

Listen, Learn, Act, Reflect

As Christians, God has called us to the difficult and joyful “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). That ministry begins within—educating ourselves, listening to others’ voices, and being open to the movement of the Spirit. Many of us may not know where to begin, so let’s begin together. We give thanks to Shallowford Presbyterian Church for initiating this model of learning, discussion and reflection. We are indebted to them for many of the links that you find below.

Four-Week Journey

Join us for “Walk Humbly:  Journeying Toward Racial Understanding.” Each week, we will lift up 7 resources (Bible studies, sermons, articles, podcasts, videos, and movies) about racism and anti-racism. You are encouraged to engage at least 3 of them. On Monday nights at 7pm, beginning October 12th for four weeks, join with Pastor Heather and your fellow travelers for an online zoom discussion. Contact Pastor Heather for the link to participate.

 

Learning to love God and our neighbors is the life-long journey of discipleship. Wherever you find yourself on that path, you are invited to come along with us to “Walk Humbly”. Together, let’s be open to the transformative power of the Spirit!

Week 1 

Walk Humbly: Seeing Racism

There are seven activities for the week. Please review the item type, title, source, and duration of each, and then click the buttons to access the Week 1 materials. *Indicates explicit language or content.

  • Bible Study
  • Worship – 
  • Watch 
  • Read
  • Act
      • Call to Action Interrupt the pattern of white silence by speaking openly with family, friends, and colleagues about what you’re doing and learning. Invite them to join you in listening to or watching one of the upcoming podcasts or videos.
      • Duration 20+ mins.
  • Listen – Bonus

Love Mercy: Becoming an Ally

“When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.” Toni Morrison

There are seven activities for the week. Please review the item type, title, source, and duration of each, and then click the buttons to access the Week 2 materials.

  • Bible Study
  • Worship
  • Read
  • Listen
      • Duration – 12 mins.
  • Watch
  • Act
    • Call to Action – Diversify Your Social Media Feed: Follow Black Voices. You might consider following:
  • Bonus

Week 3 

Acting Justly: Examining the Criminal Justice System

There are seven activities for the week. Please review the item type, title, source, and duration of each, and then click the buttons to access the Week 3 materials. *Indicates explicit language or content.

  • Bible Study
  • Worship
    • Sermon – “Cain & Abel”
    • Preacher – Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas
    • Duration 32 mins

       

  • Watch
  • Listen
  • Read
  • Act
    • Call to Action – Call or email your senator to express your concerns about racial inequality in Iowa.
    • Need a template? Before you vote, research candidates’ positions on issues concerning racial justice.
    • Duration – 20+ mins.

What is Good: Connecting Race, Health, & Poverty

There are seven activities for the week. Please review the item type, title, source, and duration of each, and then click the buttons to access the Week 4 materials. 

  • Bible Study
  • Worship
  • Listen
  • Watch
  • Read
  • Act

Resources for Children & Parents

Book suggestions are from Miriam Moore-Keish’s anti-racism books for kids.


  • For Children Ages 0-5


  • For Children Ages 3-8


  • For Children Ages 5-8


  • For Children Ages 9-11


  • Resources for Parents

 

Resources for Youth

Book suggestions are from Miriam Moore-Keish’s anti-racism books for youth.


  • For Youth Ages 12-17
  • Resources for Youth Parents

Black Parents Explain How to Deal with the Police | Cut (5 mins.)