Cross-Cultural Learning and Living
Articles and Reports
- Frederick Douglass, The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro , July 5th, 1852
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Letter From Birmingham Jail
Charles Marsh, The Civil Rights Movement As Theological Drama, Modern Theology 18:2 April 2002
Esau McCaulley, What the Bible Has to Say About Black Anger
Ekemini Uwan, There’s No Going Back to ‘Normal’
Mychal Denzel Smith, White Millennials are products of a failed lesson in colorblindness
Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations”, Atlantic Monthly , June 2014
For Children and Families
The Gospel in Color For Parents: A Theology of Racial Reconciliation for Parents by Curtis A. Woods and Jarvis J. Williams
The Gospel in Color For Kids: A Theology of Racial Reconciliation for Kids by Curtis A. Woods and Jarvis J. Williams
God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell
God Made Me AND You: Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity by Shai Linne
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged! by Jody Nyasha Warner and Richard Rudnicki
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asi
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Black, White and Tan by Nicole C. Mullen
Watch, Listen and think
Destin Daniel Cretton, Just Mercy
Raoul Peck, “I Am Not Your Negro”
Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An evening with Bryan Stevenson & Tim Keller
Documentary film, Latino Americans
Documentary film, Asian Americans
Documentary film by Ken Burns, The West.
Documentary film by Blackside, Eyes On the Prize
David R. Roediger, Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White
W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk
James Forman Jr, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
Douglas A Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
Erika Lee, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States
Ed. John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats, “Yellow Peril!: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria
Daniel Hill, White Awake: An Honest Look At What It Means to Be White
Edward Flannery, The Anguish of the Jews: Twenty-Three Centuries of Anti-Semitism
Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-year Untold History of Class in America
Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself
Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Kamal Al-Solaylee, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to everyone)
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind
Willie James Jennings, After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging
Church History and Theology
Mark A. Noll, From Every Tribe and Nation (Turning South: Christian Scholars in an Age of World Christianity): A Historian’s Discovery of the Global Christian Story
Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
Justo L. Gonzalez, Mañana: Christian Theology from a Hispanic Perspective
Justo L. Gonzalez, The Mestizo Augustine: A Theologian Between Two Cultures
Charles Marsh, God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights
Michael Emerson and Christian Smith, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
Rita Roberts, Evangelicalism and the Politics of Reform in Northern Black Thought
Brian Bantum, The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World
Leon Brown, Irwyn Ince, Russ Whitfield, et al, All Are Welcome: Toward A Multi-Everything Church
David Swanson, Rediscipling the White Church
Jemar Tisby, Color of Compromise
Irwyn L. Ince Jr., The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church At Its Best
Duke L. Kwon and Gregory Thompson, Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair (Forthcoming)
Kristen Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
Vince L. Bantu, A Multitude of All Peoples: Engaging Ancient Christianity’s Global Identity
Esau McCaulley, Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope
To accompany the resources listed above, we wanted to offer a list of suggestions for living cross-culturally and justly. One of our goals as we follow Jesus is to integrate “what we know” into “what we practice.” Following Jesus involves learning and living. We hope that all of these things are evident in who we are and what we do here at Woke Bridge. Our current cultural climate did not create the need for us to live cross-culturally and justly, for that need has always been there! Rather, our current cultural moment exposes our need to repent, mature, and grow up into God’s vision for his people.
Our prayer since day one at Woke Bridge is for us to pray and live how Jesus taught us to pray, that “his kingdom come, and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This is a bold prayer, but we long for Woke Bridge to be and to offer a taste of what heaven is all about: different types of people coming together united in love for Christ, perfect justice and righteousness under the reign of our true king.
We have been living through extra-ordinary times: a global pandemic, uprisings, and incredible polarization. But the call upon our lives is always this: live like God’s extraordinary Kingdom has and is coming into our ordinary world and pray like you believe that. We hope that this list will aid you in this journey.
Create a Parental Plan for Discipling Your Children Holistically (if applicable). Formulate a plan to teach the children of our community about race, culture, injustice, economics, history, and the church.
Practice Seeing. Who lives on your block, in your neighborhood, etc.? What are the gifts of your place? What are the needs of your place? Practice seeing and meeting needs, yes, but also practice recognizing the gifts of other people and giving thanks to God. Go on a neighborhood walk by yourself or with your household. Practice seeing the gifts and the needs of your place. This commitment to neighboring is simple, but it is transformative and is at the heart of following Jesus. We live in a society—in in a city—that has both outlandish abundance and cruel poverty. We are called to “repairers of the breach,”(Is. 58:12) so look for that “breach” and fill it. Challenge yourself and your household to live more radical lives of hospitality.
Connect With Local, Community-Based Organizations that are helping promote justice, mercy, and human flourishing in our city. We have partner organizations that we work with as a congregation, but there are many doing this work in our city. Some of this will depend on your own commitments and philosophy. One important principle is to work in regular rhythms (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) of serving with these organizations.
Do Justice With Your Budget. If budgets are “moral documents” (a phrase attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), then what does your personal or household budget say about what you value? Allocate your budget and watch your heart follow, for Jesus taught us “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). Challenge yourself to give more and more away as the years go on. What can we live without so that others may simply live?
Vote With Intentionality. Think about how you utilize your civic responsibility of voting. As you examine the local and national candidates that you vote for, what do these candidates and their policies say about what you value and want to see in our city?
Assess Your Unique Resources and Gifts. Take stock of who you are and the gifts that could be especially useful to your neighbors.
Pray Without Ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). Again, the call upon our lives is always this: live like God’s extraordinary Kingdom has and is coming into our ordinary world and pray like you believe that. What would our neighborhoods look like if all your prayers were granted? How would your life be different?
Let Us Know What You See. What do you see as opportunities for neighbor love for our congregation to engage in? Share those opportunities with us and with the rest of the church.