Peacemakers remember that a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. In order to effectively support an American commitment to peace in the Middle East, we must first commit ourselves to the fight for equity and peace in our own communities.
To do that, we’ve collected suggested readings, online materials, and recommendations for organizations to follow and donate to if you have the opportunity.
Peacemaking isn’t about a trip, it’s a lifestyle, a daily, radical commitment. It permeates every aspect of life. Now is the time for us to take the vision, skills, and relationships of peacemaking we’ve developed over the last 10 years and put them into action. The voices of peacemakers has never been more needed.
How to be an Antiracist by Imbram X Kendi
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
White Awake by Daniel Hill
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James Cone
Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby
Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman
I’m Still Here, Austin Channing Brown
Talking About Race online resource portal from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Bryan Stevenson interview with the New Yorker on the frustration behind the George Floyd protests
President Obama on how to turn this moment into real change
Statement from President Bush on examining our nation’s tragic failures
Telos alumni resources:
Central Church Pastor Jon Moton’s letter to the church
Coracle Executive Director Bill Haley’s letter to white Christians
Racial Equity Organizations
A number of organizations we partner with or recommend you following them. If you are in a place to give, consider donating to their work.