It’s Time to Talk About Race in Children’s Ministry: Webinar and Resources
Published: April 14, 2021
The conversation on race and children’s ministry is just beginning.
Our prayer is that you’ll take the information you learn in this important webinar and keep exploring, continue talking, and continue connecting. So, we’ve gathered a trove of information here to assist you in your journey.
These self-tests allow you to better assess your personal blindspots and hidden biases. These are also great tools to use for yourself or with a team to spark discussion.
Harvard’s Project Implicit Bias Self-Test
Self-Assessment of Anti-Bias Behavior (Anti-Defamation League)
Articles on Race
Want to dig deeper into each topic as it relates to self-awareness, bias, discrimination, and prevention in teams and with children? Then look at these articles.
Racism and the Role of the Children’s Ministry Leader (Michayla White, incm.org)
Test Yourself for Hidden Bias (tolerance.org)
Checking Your Blindspot (boyden.com)
How to Check Your Unconscious Biases (folio.com)
Looking for Excellent “Diverse” Books for Children? Start Here. (embracerace.org)
10 Things Your Ministry Can Do to Help Stop Racism Before It Starts (childrensministry.com)
Breaking the Cycle of Racism in the Classroom (eric.gov)
6 Ways to Prevent Racism in Schools (kickboardforschools.com)
What This Pastor Observed at the Atlanta Riot (churchleaders.com)
6 Truths the Church Should Understand About Gen Z and Racial Justice (Lifeway)
Books and Resources About Race
Looking for a much deeper look into understanding the reality of racism, its roots, and its impacts while exploring how we can change? Then check out these books.
White Awake by Daniel Hill
Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland
Embrace by Leroy Barber
Trouble I’ve Seen by Drew Hart
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
The First R by Debra Van Ausdale and Joe Feagin
Beyond the Golden Rule (tolerance.org)
Bridging Theory and Practice in Children’s Spirituality (Zondervan)
Unity in Diversity / Psalm 133 (McClean Bible Church)
These books are a great way to encourage children to open up and talk about things they experience and witness.
God Made Me and You: Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity by Shai Linne
ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us by Doreena Williamson
God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell
The Gospel in Color by Curtis Woods and Jarvis Williams (kids and parents versions available)
Discussions About Race with Children
These resources support adults while they seek dialogue with children about race.
Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Talking to Your Kids About Racism (theparentcue.org)
Talking to Kids About Racism by Age (mother.ly)
Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History and Culture)
Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism (cnn.com)
Talking to Kids About Race (National Geographic)
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