Online ResourcesThe William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation provides a good definition and description of the term racial reconciliation.
The Center for Reconciliation of the Duke Divinity School.
The Church Enslaved: A Spirituality For Racial Reconciliation, by Tony Campolo and Michael Battle. Augsburg Fortress, 2005.
The authors directly challenge the churches to resume leadership in overcoming and redressing America’s legacy of racial segregation. They expose the realities of racial division in the churches and then lift up a vision of a church without racism. The authors provide a blueprint for how racially reconciled churches can encourage activism in the cities, church involvement in politics, and responsible use of the Bible, ultimately helping to transform American society itself.
Reconciliation: Our Greatest Challenge—Our Only Hope, by Curtiss Paul DeYoung. Judson Press, 1997
DeYoung considers reconciliation in its broadest sense and illustrates practical approaches concerning gender, culture, class, and nationalism. The core of Reconciliation describes what is essential for actually engaging in the process of reconciliation: taking responsibility, seeking forgiveness, repairing the wrong, healing the soul, and creating a new way of relating.
Welcoming Justice: God's Movement Toward Beloved Community, by Charles Marsh and John M. Perkins. InterVarsity Press, 2009.
About how the civil rights movement was one important episode in God's larger movement throughout human history of pursuing justice and beloved community. This book is part of a series put out by the Center for Reconciliation and InterVarsity Press, which applies rigorous theological thought and methods of practical action to discover real solutions for reconciliation in areas of deep division on local and global levels.
Articles from the Catholic Peacebuilding Network about the theology of reconciliation:
The Distinctive Characteristics of Christian Reconciliation, by Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S.
Theological Reflection on Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, by Scott Appleby
Toward a Theology of Reconciliation, by Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College, USA.
Christianity and Multiculturalism
Becker, P. E. 1998. "Making inclusive communities: Congregations and the 'problem' of race." Social Problems 45(4):451–71.
Garces-Foley, Kathleen. 2007. "New Opportunities and New Values: The Emergence of the Multicultural Church." The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 612: 209-224.
Jenkins, K. E. (2003). "Intimate Diversity: The Presentation of Multiculturalism and Multiracialism in a High-Boundary Religious Movement." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 42: 393–409.
See excerpt that appeared in Christianity Today, October 2000-- Color-Blinded: Why 11 O'Clock Sunday morning Is Still a Mostly Segregated Hour.
Based on their own research, the authors argue that evangelicals have a theological world view
that makes it difficult for them to perceive systematic injustices in society. As a result, many
well-meaning strategies for healing racial divisions (such as cross-cultural friendships) carry
within them the seeds of their own defeat. The book also includes a concise history of
evangelical thought about race from colonial times to the civil rights movement.
United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race, by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Michael O. Emerson, et. al. Oxford University Press, 2004.
This is a critical account of the theological arguments in favor of racial separation, as voiced in the African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American and white contexts. The authors respond in detail, closing with a foundation for a theology suited to sustaining multiracial congregations over time and making the church the basis for racial reconciliation.
A Church of Our Own: Disestablishment and Diversity in American Religion, by R. Stephen Warner. Rutgers University Press, 2005.
Bibliography on racial righteousness, published by the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Bibliography on multiracial ministries, published by the Reformed Church in America.
The Belhar Confession
The Belhar Confession has its roots in the struggle against apartheid in Southern Africa. This "outcry of faith" and "call for faithfulness and repentance" was first drafted in 1982 by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC) under the leadership of Allan Boesak. The Dutch Reformed Mission Church formally adopted the Belhar Confession in 1986. It is now one of the "standards of unity" of the new Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA). Belhar's theological confrontation of the sin of racism has made possible reconciliation among Reformed churches in Southern Africa and has aided the process of reconciliation within the nation of South Africa.
Belhar's relevance is not confined to Southern Africa. It addresses three key issues of concern to all churches: unity of the church and unity among all people, reconciliation within church and society, and God's justice. The Belhar Confession was adopted by the RCA's 2009 General Synod. It is awaiting ratification by two-thirds of the RCA's classes, which will report their votes to General Synod 2010.
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