Racial Justice Resources

The below list of resources is being compiled for your consideration. You are invited to add resources by sending them to the pastor or the church office. We are proceeding carefully, and at the same time, the inclusion of something on this list does not mean it is 1) current – because this is an extremely fluid situation, or 2) deeply vetted and endorsed by PPUMC.


Opportunities to Rebuild

Opportunities to Learn

Learn about language used in conversations about racial equity:

Documentaries & Videos:

  • Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary
  • Let’s Talk About Race in America, by Phil Vischer
    This 17-minute video presents a clear, straightforward overview of the construction of systemic racism in America, concluding with a powerful call-to-action for all. It’s 17-minutes that could change your life.
  • Jim Crow of the North (TPT Originals)
    Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created.
  • There is a Time for Silence
    This video was created as part of the Columbus Mennonite Church “Worship in Place” service from June 14, 2020. Worshiping during a time of pandemic has allowed us to explore creative ways to offer our gifts as we process the events of our world. The Black Lives Matter protests in Columbus, OH and the incredible street art painted over the boarded up businesses downtown provides a reflective backdrop to the moving words and music of this song.

Other Education Resources:

From Our Community

Today I want to talk about a hidden source of democracy’s troubles: War fever. It pervades public life, polarizes, stirs up hate toward the “enemy” and diminishes ourselves, and fuels a search for great leaders to save us. The war mentality also affects activities like sports, games and movies, while it drains energy from democratic practices like voting and shrinks democracy. The spiritual, “Ain’t gonna study war no more,” sung by Louis Armstrong¸ is for our times. We need to study democracy, not war, building a culture of collaborative work. Voting gains power if we see democracy in larger ways, as We the People democracy where government is “with” the people. I conclude with stories of this emerging movement.

Harry C. Boyte, “The State of Our Democracy:
We Need to ‘Study War No More’”

Additional resources from
Thriving Together: A springboard for Equitable Recovery & Resilience in Communities Across America

POST-WORSHIP CONVERSATIONS: Developing a Common Vocabulary for Racial Justice
Since early July we have been holding a congregation-wide conversation immediately following our weekly worship service. To see the resources that have been shared Sunday-by-Sunday, click here.