Arizona Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Ministry

Following God’s call to become an inclusive church, the Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Ministry in Arizona dares to live into the scriptural vision of humanity fully reconciled with each other and creation. We are committed to recognizing the sin of racism, dismantling its oppressive structures, and breaking down the walls that divide us. This ministry is accomplished through education, dialogue, and action towards God’s vision of a Kin-dom where all races, genders, languages, and cultures will grow towards God’s realm, where all have a place at the table and ‘none shall be turned away.

The Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciling Team provides Anti-Racism Introductory Workshops for Disciples congregations and ministries in Arizona. The purpose of the training is to raise awareness of the systemic nature of racism, to recognize racism as sin, and to connect the work of ending racism as an intrinsic part of our faith journeys.

If you are interested in hosting an Anti-Racism training for your ministry or congregation, please contact either chair (to the right) for more information.

Rev. Pedro Ramos Goycolea

Co-Chair Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Team

Rev. Dr. Bob Howard

Co-Chair Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Team

Reading Resources

Pre-Post Racial America by Sandhya Jha (2015)
Sandhya Rani Jha addresses the hot topic in a way that is grounded in real people’s stories and that offers solid biblical grounding for thinking about race relations in America, reminding us that God calls us to build Beloved Community.
Discussion questions at the end of each chapter provide starting points for reading groups.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (2010)
The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2015)
The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli (2017)
Structured around the forty questions volunteer worker Valeria Luiselli translates from a court system form and asks undocumented Latin American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear—here and back home.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (2018)
Educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Resources

Reverse Racism by Now This of Huffpost (2:07)
This short but informative video dispels the idea of reverse racism by explaining how the structure of our society means that prejudice expressed by minorities does not affect the rights of white people.
 

 
 
 
Reverse Racism – a comedy bit by Aamer Rahman (2:48)
Aamer Rahman talks about what actual reverse racism would actually look like.

 
 
 
Tribal Lands: Most Sacred Places (4:52)
The Tohono O’odham reservation is divided by the U.S. and Mexican border, thus dividing the tribe physically and spiritually. This is part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning USA TODAY Network series “The Wall,” an in-depth look at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

 
 
 
 
Wake Me Up by Aloe Blacc, directed by Alex Rivera