Racial Justice
"Racism is a sin, a sin that divides the human family."

US Bishops
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The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society 1988 document by the Pontifical Commission Justice and Peace

Brothers and Sisters to Us
Brothers and Sisters to Us 1979 pastoral letter by the American Catholic Bishops

Eliminate Racial and Religious Discrimination: See Every Person as My Sister or Brother Pastoral Message by the Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs and the Episcopal Commission for Interfaith Dialogue, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, March 21, 2004

Dwell In My Love 2001 Pastoral Letter by Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago

Solidarity: Arduous Journey to the "Promised Land" 2000 Pastoral On Racism by Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. of Fall River, MA

Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture 1993 statement by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Racial Reconciliation Manifesto Pentecostal statement of 1994

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Entered into force Jan. 4, 1969

Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice Adopted and proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization at its twentieth session, on 27 November 1978



"We Walk By Faith": Religion and Race During the Civil Rights Movement By Logan Edwards in Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, March 2010

Who do you say I am? By Patsy Cummings of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice, in Thinking Faith, September 2009

Unity and Diversity: The Church, Race and Ethnicity By Sujit Sivasundaram in Cambridge Papers, December 2008

Denominational Differences in White Christian Housing-related Racial Attitudes By R. Khari Brown, Wayne State University, in Journal of Religion & Society, 2008

Theological Basis of Ecclesial Anti-Racist Witness By Dwight N Hopkins in Anglican Theological Review, Winter 2008

Racial Justice Sunday: Do I Love My Neighbour? By Patsy Cummings in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the English Jesuits, September 2008

Environmental Racism and Black Theology: James H. Cone Instructs Us on Witness By Marguerite L. Spencer in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2008

Why This Old Racism? The Intersection of Race and Religion in Ancient and Modern Times By Guy Lancaster, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, in Journal of Religion & Society, 2007

America's Original Sin: The Legacy of White Racism By Jim Wallis in Cross Currents, Summer 2007

Race and Religion: The Elixir of Separation By William W. Maxwell in Cross Currents, Summer 2007

When the Mahatma Met Jesus: Gandhianism, African American Evangelism and the Fight for Racial Justice By Ray Arsenault in Cross Currents, Summer 2007

For what shall we repent? Reflections on the American Bishops, Their Teaching, and Slavery in the United States, 1839-1861 By Joseph E. Capizzi in Theological Studies, December 2004

Confessions of a White Catholic Racist Theologian By Jon Nilson, Loyola University Chicago. Catholic Theological Society of America Presidential Address, June 8, 2003

Racism in Australian History By John Wilcken SJ in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Spring 2003

Tampering with the Racism Conference By Sue Harris in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Autumn 2002

Race Relations and Modern Church-State Relations By Thomas C. Berg, University of St. Thomas School of Law, in Boston College Law Review, 2002

Race, Truth, and Reconciliation in the United States: Reflections on Desmond Tutu's Proposal By Will Gravely, University of Denver, in Journal of Religion & Society, 2001

In Pursuit of Racial Justice By Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk. The James J. Gardner Family Lecuture in Moral Theology Delivered November 7, 2001 at the Bartlett Pastoral Center, Athenaeum of Ohio

Prophets of the Apocalypse: White Supremacy and the Theology of Christian Identity By Dennis Tourish and Tim Wohlforth, 2001

Racial Reconciliation Cardinal Francis E. George's Pastoral on Racism, Dwell in My Love, in Condensed Form, in Catholic Update, 2001

Racial Segregation in American Churches and its Implications for School Vouchers By Robert K. Vischer, University of St. Thomas, in Florida Law Review, 2001

Whose Earth Is It Anyway? By James H. Cone in Cross Currents, Spring-Summer 2000

James Cone and Recent Catholic Episcopal Teaching on Racism By Bryan N. Massingale in Theological Studies, December 2000

A Christian Alternative to Racism and Antisemitism By David R. Mason in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Spring 2000

Why Should We Care About Racial Inequlity Per Se ? By Glenn Loury in Issues in Ethics, Fall 1999

Ignorant Science: The Eighteenth Century's Development of a Scientific Racism By Scott David Foutz in Quodlibet Online Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy, December 1999

Two Worlds, One Life: Growing Up Multiracial By Stacie R. Yee in St. Anthony Messenger, December 1996

The Problem of Racism on the Threshold of the 21st Century By Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, May 1996

Recovery from Racism Requires a Program By Clarence Williams in National Catholic Reporter, Jan 13, 1995

Racism and the Bible From the book A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity by Daniel Boyarin, 1994

Affirmative Action: Twenty-five Years of Controversy By Claire Andre, Manuel Velasquez, and Tim Mazur in Issues in Ethics, a publication of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Summer 1992

The Biblical Offense of Racism By Douglas M. Jones III, an elder at Covenant Community Church of Orange County, 1990

The Churches and the Future of Racism By Donald W. Shriver, Jr. in Theology Today, 1981

A Model to Combat Racism By Gary L. Chamberlain in Theology Today, 1976

Current Theological Questions in Race Relations By Joseph T. Leonard in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1964

Race, Equality and Religion By Edward A. Tiryakian in Theology Today, 1961

Moral Aspects of Segregation in Education By Francis J. Gilligan in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1958

The Catholic Church And Racism: The Racial Point of View is Foreign to the Catholic Church By Joseph K. Anderson, 1953

Addressing Racism: What Will It Take?! Sr. Brenda Walsh, Racine Dominican

Race and the Church of Christ Several dozen articles collected by Don Haynes

Racism Articles from the magazine Salt of the Earth



Anti-racism Policy of The United Church of Canada Policies and resources

Race and Racism at the 1886 Knights of Labor Convention

Catholic Social Teaching and Racism Resources from Villanova University's Office for Mission Effectiveness

Ethics Updates: Race, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Provides: 1. internet links relating to race and ethnicity; 2. survey of philosophical work on race and ethnicity; 3. summaries of recent articles on race and ethnicity; 4. discussion topics and term paper topics on race and ethnicity

Enter the River Study Guide A workshop on racism prepared by Tobin Miller Shearer of the Mennonites



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