Reflection

Discussion Questions (or journal prompts)

Is race hard for you to talk about?  Why or why not?

What is your earliest experience dealing with race or racism?

What was the racial makeup of the neighborhood you grew up in? 

What messages do you recall getting from your parents about race? What messages do you recall getting from others when you were young?

Has your involvement in Christian community ever helped you to understand racism better or become more racist?

Resources

The Black Experience Project
https://www.theblackexperienceproject.ca/

The Black Experience Project is a research study focused on examining the lived experiences of individuals who self-identify as Black and/or of African heritage living in the Greater Toronto Area.  

Resources on Netflix

When They See Us  – Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.

13th -Explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Becoming – Learn about race through the eyes of former first lady Michelle Obama.  This documentary is also a book by the same name.  

Resources on Youtube

The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

Peanut Butter and Jelly Racism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JVN2qWSJF4

Resources on Prime Video

Little Fires Everywhere – Based on the 2017 bestseller, by Celeste Ng.   Little Fires Everywhere explores the story of two families whose lives are brought together in suburbia.  The series explores race, motherhood and the danger of secrets.

Books

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism

The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Racism in Canada

Articles

These Authors Are Glad You’re Buying Their Books. Now Do the Work.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/11/books/review/me-and-white-supremacy-layla-saad.html

Test your bias at Harvard edu

https://implicit.harvahttps://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.htmlrd.edu/implicit/selectatest.html

Links

Below are some links that open a world of possibility and opportunity during this time that we are spending on our own.  Our hope is that these give some ideas as well as start you off on your own journey of discovery and meaningful times individually and with family.

NEW: On Sacred Space (sacredspace.ie) you will find a 2 week devotional meant to be used during this COVID time.  Check out their “isolation retreat.” 
https://www.sacredspace.ie/covid-19-isolation-retreat

Sacred space is an online Jesuit site that provides a place to pray and contemplate scripture each day.  The website will guide you through the prayer and give you ideas if you feel stuck somewhere.
https://www.sacredspace.ie/

COVID19 doesn’t mean that we are sitting around bored.  You may be extremely busy right now. Work and family might be more demanding than usual.  You might be a front line worker who is exhausted. You might be super busy trying to set up meaningful family activities.

Could you take 3 minutes to focus yourself spiritually?  3-minute retreat is a Jesuit site that offers an online mini retreat.
https://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer

Kids