Religion & Race

The North Georgia Conference Commission on Religion & Race recommends the following resources:


  • DuBois Gilliard, Dominique. Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating Justice that Restores. Downers Gove: InterVarsity, 2018.
  • Kendi, Ibram X. How To be An Antiracist. New York: One World, 2019.


  • Blount, Brian K. True to Our Native Land: An African New Testament Commentary. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007.
  • Byron, Gay L. and Vanessa Lovelace. Womanist Interpretations of the Bible: Expanding the Discourse. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016.
  • De La Torre, Miguel. Reading the Bible from the Margins. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2002.
  • Gonzalez, Justo. Santa Biblia: The Bible Through Hispanic Eyes. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.
  • Junior, Nyasha. An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2015.
  • Page, Hugh R., et al. The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.
  • Sechrest, Love. A Former Jew: Paul and the Dialectics of Race. The Library of New Testament Studies. London: T&T Clark, 1999.
  • Smith, Mitzi J. I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2015.
  • Tamez, Elsa. Bible of the Oppressed. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 1982.
  • Williams, Delores. Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, Anniversary Edition, 2013.


  • Dyrness, William A. et al. Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2008.
  • Ross, Kenneth R., J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, and Todd M. Johnson. Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edinburgh, Companions to Global Christianity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.
  • Ross, Kenneth R., Maris Tadros, and Todd M. Johnson. Christianity in North Africa and West Asia. Edinburgh, Companions to Global Christianity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
  • Ross, Kenneth R., Daniel Jeyraj, and Todd M. Johnson. Christianity in South and Central Asia. Edinburgh, Companions to Global Christianity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019.


  • Alexander, Michele. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press, 2012.
  • Anderson, Carol. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
  • One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy. New Your. Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • De La Torre, Miguel. The U.S. Immigration Crisis: Toward an Ethics of Place. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016.
  • Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. New York: Nation Books, 2016.
  • Kruse, Kevin. White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.
  • Oluo, Ijeoma. So you want to Talk About Race. New York: Seal, 2018.
  • Talbert, Marilyn Magee. The Past Matters: A Chronology of African Americans in the United Methodist Church. Nashville: Upper Room, 2004.
  • Wallis, Jim. America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2016.


  • Coates, Ta-Nehesi. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2015.
  • Morrison, Toni. Beloved. New York: Plume, 1987.


  • Brown, Austin Channing. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. New York: Convergent, 2018.
  • Lee, Robert W. A Sin by Any Other Name: Reckoning with Racism and the Heritage of the South. New York: Convergent, 2019.
  • Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2014.
  • Wise, Tim. White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. New York: Soft Skull, 2008


  • Harvey, Jennifer. Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. Nashville: Abingdon, 2017.


  • Emerson, Michael O. and Christian Smith. Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Tatum, Beverly Daniel. Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race? Revised Edition. New York: Basic Books, 2017.


  • Carter, J. Kameron. Race: A Theological Account. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Cone, James H. God of the Oppressed. Revised Edition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1997.
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011.
  • De La Torre, Miguel. The Politics of Jesus: A Hispanic Political Theology. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  • Douglas, Kelly Brown. Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2015.
  • Hart, Drew G.I. Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. Harrisonburg, VA: Herald, 2016.
  • Jennings, Willie James. The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.
  • Robinson, Elaine A. Race and Theology. Horizons in Theology. Nashville: Abingdon, 2012.


  • De La Torre, Miguel. Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018.
  • DiAngelo, Robin. What Does it Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. London: Routledge, 1997.
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. Boston: Beacon Press, 2018.
  • Harvey, Jennifer. Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation. Prophetic Christianity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014.
  • Whiteness and Morality: Pursuing Racial Justice Through Reparations and Sovereignty. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Hill, Daniel. White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2017.
  • Irving, Debby. Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Cambrige, MA: Elephant Room, 2014.
  • Sechrest, Love, Johnny Ramírez-Johnson, and Amos Yong, eds. Can “White” People Be Saved? Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission. Missional Engagements Series. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2018.


  • Black, Kathy. Worship Across Cultures: A Handbook of United Methodist Worship Practices. Nashville: Abingdon, 1998.
  • Culturally-Conscious Worship. Danvers, MA: Chalice, 2000.

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