BY ISN STAFF | August 15, 2014
In light of the tragic loss of Michael Brown and the continued tension in Ferugson, Missouri, we wanted to offer a few resources from Catholic and social justice contexts that relate to the issues of racism and violence that our country is struggling to make sense of right now. This list is not exhaustive – in fact, our hope is that you might share your own resources (articles, exercises, toolkits, book titles, etc.) so that we can add them and develop a more robust collection.
We also invite the Ignatian family to join in prayer for Michael Brown, his family and for all those impacted by the loss of his life and the subsequent tension that individuals in Ferguson and across the country have felt in relation to racism and violence in our nation. We pray that as a society we can continue to strive to be more inclusive and seek nonviolent resolutions to the issues that challenge us.
Eternal rest grant unto Michael, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
- “Brothers and Sisters Too Us” | U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter, 1979
- Catholic Social Teaching & Racism | written by Fred Kammer, S.J., Jesuit Social Research Institute
- Books on Racism Resource | Sisters of Mercy
- Prayer Dismantling Racism | Sisters of Province
- 2001 Pastoral Letter on Racism | Archdiocese of Chicago
- “Just Parenting” Reflection on Trayvon Martin | Ignatian Solidarity Network
- Statement on the killing of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, MO | Pax Christi USA
- St. Louis University Response to Ferguson | Prayer Service, President’s Statement, Medical School Faculty Reflection
- Revisiting Racism | Written by M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D. (Boston College) in America Magazine
- Seeking Justice, Speaking Up | Young Adult Catholics Blog
- Statement | Franciscan Action Network
- Racial Justice and the Catholic Church | Brian Massingale, S.J. (Marquette University)
- Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (Intersections in African American Theology) | M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D. (Boston College)
- Training For Change | Diversity & Anti-Racism Tools for Engaging Communities
- Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching for Tolerance | Classroom Resources
- Not as Helpless as We Think: 3 Ways to Stand in Solidarity with Ferguson | Sojourners
Please send suggested resources via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.