The race relations specialists of Thrive are here to support you as you dismantle the causes and effects of racism in the body of believers and throughout the world. Here are our staff picks for excellent resources that fit our call and your contexts most closely. Dig in!
Get in touch with networks of solidarity and mutual here, or celebrate people of a background different than your own!
We recognize that all persons are ethnic (i.e. of a national origin and may be in the minority in certain contexts or environments), but we will follow the lead of the God’s Diverse and Unified Family synodical report and use the term “ethnic minority” here to refer to non-Anglo or non-Caucasian persons and groups. View ethnic minority communities »
CRC Statements on Racism
Racism harms people created in the image of God. Individual prejudices and systems that privilege some and demean others twist our God-given identities. That’s why the Christian Reformed Church has spoken up, on multiple occasions over the years, against racism of various forms. View statements on racism »
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Worship forms us as a community. And worship is also deeply cultural—the songs we sing, the ways we organize ourselves, who is leading the worship service—all these things are not neutral. We all worship God differently—that’s part of his beautiful design for creation!
Dig deeper into scripture and Reformed thinkers on race and racism to establish a firm foundation for dismantling racism. View theological resources »
Resources about Whiteness
Just as the inferiority complexes that racism creates in people of color are distortions of our God-given identities, the superiority complexes created for white people in these systems of racism also distort our God-given identities. This is not the full and abundant life that God has for us.
Whiteness is more than the color of someone’s skin—when we use the word “whiteness”, we are referring to the system of thinking (and the social structures built on this system of thinking) that values the cultures, bodies, and contributions of people with white skin above those of people of color. These systems were constructed over generations--there’s plenty to learn and unlearn so that we can be free to live into the abundant life God has for us! Here are some resources we recommend to get you started »
Confronting Racial Injustice
Racism is more than individual prejudices. It also shows up in the ways that our social systems privilege some and under-privilege others. Because racism is a Gospel issue, doing what we can to change these systems is part of our Christian calling. View resources on confronting racial injustice »
Organizations We Love
We recommend these organizations, some of which we’re grateful to call partners!