Quest Church hosts a discussion each spring focused on the intersection between faith and race. Each year, we continue to dialogue about the challenges and possibilities of being a multicultural church.
It’s About Discipleship
As a church community, we are blessed by the many faces, stories, and lives that encompass our diverse congregation, but we also recognize we can and we must continue to grow if we are to be faithful to the calling God has placed upon us as a people. And so, we will endeavor to explore questions of race, ethnicity, and identity in terms of what it means for us as followers of Christ and as people of God.
It is through a posture of storytelling that we invite you to explore the resources provided here. Know that these are not comprehensive lists, but rather a start to building a more expansive narrative as we pursue the Gospel together. Here are some good starting points:
Faith & Race 2016 | A Starter Resource List
Faith & Race 2016 | Next Steps
Faith & Race 2017: “Dying to Live” by Rev. Efrem Smith
Faith & Race 2017: “A Credible Witness” by Pastor Brenda Salter McNeil
Faith & Race: “Samaritan Lives Matter” by Pastor Eugene Cho
Faith and Race: “Puzzle Peace” by Pastor Brenda Salter McNeil
Faith and Race: “Celebration Sunday” by Pastor Eugene Cho
Discipleship: “Jesus, Race, and Being a Disciple” by Dr. Brian Bantum
Faith & Race 2017: Week 1
Teaching by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil on “Why Reconciliation Matters”
Faith and Race 2017: Week 1
Teaching by Pastor Mike Thomas of Radiant Church
Faith and Race 2017: Week 1
Teaching by Pastor Lina Thompson of Lake Burien Presbyterian Church
Faith & Race 2017: Week 1
Teaching by the ECC Superintendent Rev. Greg Yee
Faith and Race 2016: Week 1
Teaching by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil on Roadmap to Reconciliation
Faith and Race 2016: Week 2
Teaching & debrief by Pastor Brenda Salter McNeil on Week 1
Faith and Race 2016: Week 3
Led by Questers Caenisha Warren, Deanne Liu, & Braulio Peguero
- “Black in Latin America.” PBS. 2011.
- “Churches and Conversations on Race.” Race and Ethics Newsweekly. PBS. 12 Dec. 2014.
- “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” California Newsreel. PBS.
- Javon Johnson, “Cuz He’s Black“
- Tia Nache “I Can’t Breathe“
- Tia Nache “My Son“
- Alex Dang “What Kind of Asian Are You?“
- Visit Igniting a Reconciliation Movement, Pastor Brenda Salter McNeil’s website
- Visit CCDA Online and learn about their philosophy of reconciliation
- Explore the resources at Race the Power of an Illusion
- Take an Online Race Perceptions Test
- Learn about the Perkins Center for Reconciliation at Seattle Pacific University
- Learn about Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative
- Check out the MAVIN Foundation, a local organization, active on Facebook; resources for transracially adopted kids and families
- Visit The Root, ColorLines, Urban Cusp, or HuffPost Black Voices
- Stop by the #AsiansforBlackLives blog
- See what’s happening in Seattle at Seattle Activism – activist events & information for the Seattle area
- Explore Asian Nation – resources on Asian American history, demographics, and issues
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
- The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeale Hurston
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Articles, Blog Posts, Podcasts
- Coates, Ta-Nesihi. “The Case for Reparations.” The Atlantic. June 2014.
- Crump, Leonce. “It’s Time to Listen: ‘Will White Evangelicals Ever Acknowledge Systematic Injustice?” Christianity Today. 21 Aug. 2014.
- Ferdman, Bernard M., and Placida I. Gallegos. (2001). “Racial Identity Development and Latinos in the United States.” New perspectives on racial identity development: A theoretical and practical anthology, 32-66.
- Friedman, Stan. “Latino Covenanters Feel Sting of Political Rhetoric.” Covenant Companion. 1 Feb. 2016.
- Georgopulos, Stephanie. “Coming Out as Biracial.” Human Parts. 21 Oct. 2013.
- “Identity a Challenge for Latinas Who Are Black.” Narr. Naomi Prioleau. WUSF Public Media. Natl. Public Radio. 3 Feb. 2016.
- Jeong Wood, Eunha and Kong Pheng Pha. “Police Abuse and Black Lives Matter: Talking Asian to Asian in North Minneapolis.” Twin Cities Daily Planet. 2 March 2016.
- Jung, Soya. “Why Ferguson Matters to Asian Americans.” Race Files. 20 Aug. 2014.
- Kim, Nadia. (2007). “Asian Americans’ Experience of ‘Race’ & Racism.” Handbooks of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations. Springer US.
- Lin, Liz. “Why Asian Americans Might Not Talk About Ferguson.” The Salt Collective. 2014.
- Mosley, Tonya. “Black Man, White City: ‘It’s Unnecessarily Stressful.”Black in Seattle. 30 Oct. 2013.
- Omi, Michael and Howard Winant, eds. (1994). Racial Formation in the United States, Second Edition, 3-13.
- “The Problem We All Live With.” Narr. Ira Glass. This American Life. Natl. Public Radio. 31 July 2015.
- Rao, Sameer. “Mexico Finally Recognizes Afro Mexicans in National Census.” ColorLines. Race Forward. 14 Dec. 2015.
- Stetzer, Ed. “A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond?” Christianity Today. 24 Nov. 2014.
- Tatum, Beverly Daniel. (2003). “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” Basic Books; 5th Anniv., Revised edition
- Townsend et al. (2012). “Being Mixed: Who Claims a Biracial Identity.” Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Vol. 18-1,91-96.
- Wade, Peter. (2008). “Race In Latin America.” Deborah A. Poole, A Companion to Latin American Anthropology. Malden/Oxford, Blackwell.
- Wing, Nick. “What People Are Really Saying When They Complain About ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protests.” HuffPost Black Voices. The Huffington Post. 15 March 2015.
Having conversations about faith & race is important in the discipleship and formation of our children too. Even with this as a value, it can be hard to find resources and materials that represent a variety of stories. Our Quest Kids & Family Ministry took time to compile a list (although certainly not exhaustive) of resources for parents to use as they engage in this important conversation with their children.
Download Resource List
On First Nations/Indigenous People…
- One Church Many Tribes: Following Jesus the Way God Made You, by Richard Twiss
On Latino/a & Chicana Identities…
- Mujerista Theology: A Theology for the Twenty-First Century by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz
- Way of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in the Americas (Celebrating Faith: Explorations in Latino Spirituality and Theology), edited by Virgil Elizando
On Mixed Identity…
- Check All That Apply, by Sundee Tucker Frazier
- Half + Half, by Lensey Namioka
- Redeeming Mulatto, by Brian Bantum
- Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, by Paul Kivel
- What Are You? Voices of Mixed Race People, by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins
On Black Identity…
- Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (Intersections in African American Theology), by Mary Shawn Copeland
- Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, by Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden
- Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk, by Delores Williams
On White Identity…
- Being White, by Paula Harris & Doug Schaupp
- Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation, by Jennifer Harvey
On Asian-American Identity…
- Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations, by M. Sydney Park, Soong-Chan Rah, & Al Tizon
- More Than Serving Tea, by Kathy Kang, Christie Heller De Leon, & Asifa Dean
- Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, by Frank Wu
Other Good Reads…
- Beyond Racial Gridlock, by George Yancey
- A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, by Ronald Takaki
- Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart, by Christina Cleveland
- Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, by Christian Smith & Michael O. Emerson
- The Heart of Racial Justice, by Brenda Salter McNeil & Rick Richardson
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
- New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development, by Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe & Bailey W. Jackson
- Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, by Soong-Chan Rah
- Strength to Love, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
- United by Faith, The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race, by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, & Karen Chai Kim
- The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb: A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Community, by Eric Law