Restoring the Beloved Community: A Conversation About Race (Session 3 Resources)



Session Three Resources


Watch Race: The Power of an Illusion (Documentary)


The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has become so deeply embedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet, that's exactly what this provocative series by California Newsreel claims.


Race - The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth.


Yet race still matters. Just because race doesn't exist in biology doesn't mean it isn't very real, helping shape life chances and opportunities.


For Session Three, please watch Episode Three: The House We Live In


The episode can be rented for 2.99 on Vimeo by clicking here.


You can find companion materials for the documentary series here.


Listen to the Following Podcast

Several of our resources include discussions around police shootings. This podcast looks at this issue from a different perspective than those we have included in our study so far.


Revisionist History: Descend into the Particular


Read the Following Book



The Color of Compromise:

Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness


The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don't know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.


The Color of Compromise:


  • Takes you on a historical, sociological, and religious journey: from America's early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War

  • Covers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and the strides of today's Black Lives Matter movement

  • Reveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integration

  • Charts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, immediate action

  • Is a perfect book for pastors and other faith leaders, students, non-students, book clubs, small group studies, history lovers, and all lifelong learners

The Color of Compromise is not a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians. It is a call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality. A call that challenges black and white Christians alike to stand up now and begin implementing the concrete ways Tisby outlines, all for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people. Starting today.


Our next meeting is January 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.


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