Good Shepherd is commited to providing resources for people to expand their knowledge and understanding of social issues that affect our community. While these resources are a good place to start your personal journey on issues surrounding race, class, and other social justice topics, these are not a subsitute for conversations and real-world experience. Expanding your breadth of experience, whether volunteering with organizations or having conversation with family and friends, is going to go a long way in helping form and shape your views and understanding of the world around us. We encourage everyone to explore the resources, have conversations, and be an active participant in change in your communities.
For some perspective on race and racism in America:
Anti-racism calls people to be active participants in our communities when it comes to the subject of race. It's not enough to remove racism from our hearts and minds if it doesn't translate into some kind of action. Anti-racism encourages not only awareness of the issues, but for each person to consider the ways that they can remove racism in their own sphere of influence.
If you are interested in furthering your understanding of race and racism in America, or how the current events and racial unrest are related to years and years of racial oppression, consider taking one of Pastor Alice Connor and Matthew Petersen's Courses on Anti-racism.
"AntiRacism 101" is an introduction-level course that will guide participants through discussions regarding racism, anti-racism, and how our Christian faith calls us to act in the face of injustice. This three-session course meets weekly. Future class dates are in the works and will be posted when they become availalbe.
"AntiRacism 201" is a more in-depth look at racism and the concepts of reparations, appropriation, internalized racial oppression, tokenizing, and intersectionality. Classes are on-going. Future class dates are in the works and will be posted when they become available.
Anti-racism resources are listed resources below so that members can further their education on race in America through self-study. These resources range from YouTube video series to books. We hope you find these useful as you look to increase your education and understanding of the complicated interplay of race in our society.
Finally, our Pastoral Staff is always open to having discussions and answering questions. Do not hesitate to reach out to one of our pastors by calling (513) 891-1700.