Talking about race

As a church we are committed to learning and acting together to increase equality at all levels and across all areas of society. We know there is so much more to be done, and so much more to learn, in particular around the subject of race.

As we journey together we are holding some public conversations to help us all understand better what we can do. We are also really encouraging every member of our church family to engage with this personally.

Below are some resources we have identified which we hope will help.

Head to our Kids page for some great resources to help you begin these conversations with children.


Pearn Kandola’s website, with a host of free resources and webinars.

To listen to:

Layla Saad, author of ‘Me and White Supremacy’ (the book for people who think it is not for them) discussing white privilege, ‘optical allyship’, power and hope. Listen here.


#BlackAF: Netflix
Noughts and Crosses: BBC
Dear White People: Netflix


Noughts and Crosses: Marlorie Blackman

Reading list:

Kennetta Perry – London is the Place for Me 
Marc Matera – Black London
Rob Waters – Thinking Black 
Afua Hirsch – Brit(ish)
Akala – Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
Anthony Reddie – Is God Colour Blind?
Anthony Reddie – Working against the grain
Austin Channing Brown – I’m Still Here
Ben Lindsay – We Need to talk about Race (Understanding the black experience in white majority churches)
C Sanders – Microaggressions in Ministry
Canon Dr Mukti Barton – Rejection, Resistance and Resurrection: Speaking out on Racism in the Church 
Christena Cleveland – Disunity in Christ 
David Olusoga – Black and British: A Forgotten History
David Roediger – Black on White: Black Writers on What it Means to be White
David Roediger -Wages of Whiteness (US context)
Delores Williams -Sisters in the Wilderness
DiAngelo – White Fragility; 
Drew G.I. Hart – Trouble I’ve Seen
DW Sue – Microaggressions in Everyday life 
E Kaufmann – Whiteshift on whiteness as factor in current politics. 
Eboni Marshall-Turman – Towards a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation
Georg Rieger
George Yancy – Look, a White!: Philosophical Essays on Whiteness
Harvey – Dear White Christians
Howard Thurman – Jesus and the Disinherited
J Cameron Carter – Race: A Theological Account
Jacquelyn Grant -White Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus
James Baldwin – Collected Essays
James Cone – Black Theology and Black Power and The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Jenny Daggers
Matthew Frye Jacobson – Whiteness of a Different Colour; 
MLK Jr -Why we can’t wait
Nell Irvin Painter – The History of White People; 
Perkinson – White Theology
Renie Eddo-Lodge – Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race
Rev’d Dr David Isiorho – Mission, Anguish, and Defiance: A Personal Experience of Black Clergy Deployment in the Church of England 
Robert Beckford – Jesus is Dread
Willie Jennings -The Christian imagination