Get Informed

So many of us want to know what we can do right now. This is a crucial time, and Heritage is working to determine how we can best serve our community amidst this time of grief and protest.

One thing that can be done now, before moving forward practically, is to “do the work” — that is, to learn, reflect, and pray about issues that are affecting people of color. We need to take a hard look at our own hearts and ask if we are approaching people with humility and a willingness to hear and accept their stories. Here are some resources that can help you do just that:

READ THE FOLLOWING BOOKS:

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“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson

“Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation” by Latasha Morrison

“Generous Justice” by Tim Keller

“How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi

“Let Justice Roll Down” by John Perkins

“Bloodlines” by John Piper

“White Awake” by Daniel Hill

READ THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES:

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“Read, Baby, Read: A First Step to Action” by Lois M. Ottaway (Christianity Today)

“Race, Gospel, and Justice: An Interview with Esau McCaulley” by Ed Stetzer (Christianity Today blog)

“A Soul Check for White Christians” by John Kingston (Christianity Today)

“Systems, Sin and Sanctuaries” by Greg Armstrong (Christianity Today blog)

“Structural Racism: The Child of Structural Pride” by John Piper (Desiring God)

“Justice Too Long Delayed” by Timothy Dalrymple (Christianity Today)

“George Floyd’s senseless killing” by Kay Coles James (FOX NEWS)

WATCH THE FOLLOWING:

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“Just Mercy” movie

watch for free (137 min)

Grace, Justice, & Mercy, Bryan Stevenson & Tim Keller (70 min)

Grace, Justice, & Mercy: Q&A (52 min)

TED Talk “Can We Talk?” by Kenston Henderson (12 min)

“Bloodlines” Documentary on RightNow Media (19 min)

“Mind the Gap” Efrem Smith devotional (18 min)

“Race in America” by Phil Vischer (18 min)

Get Together

1. Join the “Be the Bridge” Facebook group.
2. Host a watch party or virtual watch party to view one of the films/videos (above) and discuss it in community.

 

3. Launch a book club to read one of the books (above) in community.

Get Going

1. Join a community project to clean up and repair damage to downtown Columbus or donate to the efforts.

 

2. Donate specifically to organizations involved in this work – extending our money where our mouth is.

Donate to Faith In Action, a group committed to ending systemic racism.

Donate to Livefreeusa.org, a group committed to distributing health supplies to minority populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

3. Serve at the Bridge this summer or donate to their vital ministries for an ever-growing community in need.
4. Create a list of actions items that you will do to remove injustice from our community and check off each item when you have completed it.