Mill City Church stands heartbroken and angry as racism, injustice, and evil continue. We abhor how Black women and men are victims of senseless violence, discrimination, and inequality. We recognize the systemic and institutionalized racism in America. We commit to listening, growing, and advocating for equality.
To the people of color in our house and beyond, we love you. We grieve. We lament. We ask God to show us how to contribute healing and reconciliation, and for glimpses of His glory. We yearn for the Kingdom to be seen here and now.
Please read this open letter from our Lead Pastor, Aaron Stern for more direct information.
Below is an incomplete list of resources which may help you in your journey. Please email us if you have any questions about this topic, or recommendations for additional resources.
- Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison
- Beyond Colorblind: Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey by Sarah Shin
- The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation by Miles McPherson
- Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All by Bryan Loritts
Life transformation happens in the context of groups. Participate in one of these groups to engage this topic with a group today. Head to our Groups page for complete listings.
- Let’s Talk Racism: Be the Bridge: With racial tensions as high within the church as outside the church, it is time for Christians to become the leaders in the conversation on racial reconciliation. Be the Bridge, by Latasha Morrison, helps readers deepen their understanding of historical factors and present realities, equipping them to participate in the ongoing dialogue and to serve as catalysts for righteousness, justice, healing, transformation, and reconciliation.
Together we will read the book Beyond Color Blind by Sarah Shin and engage in honest dialogue about racism to become more educated and to grow in understanding. We are committed to listen, learn, and move toward racial equality. This group will meet on Zoom.
You don’t want to ignore what’s happening in our world, but it can be difficult to know how to engage kids. The conversations will be worth it. Here’s a start:
- Colors of Us by Karen Katz or Colorful by Dorena Williamson, to start the conversation about recognizing and celebrating differences in our skin tones
- A is for All the Things You Are – A Joyful ABC Book by Anna Forgerson Hindley, to start the conversation about embracing differences and valuable character traits
- Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, to start the conversation about the history of segregation and the need for change.
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers, to diversify the main characters you read about