God calls us to love one another. Not to love those who look like you, think like you, and speak like you…But to love every[one]. The social justice movement underway demonstrates that more active support and engagement is needed, from those who are in a place of influence, to end racism in our country. The underlying causes are complex, and there is not one easy solution. But that does not mean we cannot start right here at home.
Shepherd’s Gate has always been open to every[one], though we know now that we can and must do better. God has put it on our hearts to do more – to be a living example of His word and love one another with every[thing] that we have. So we put together the following equality resources to help end racial injustice and are forming a task force to combat what’s happening in our country & world. 
This is going to be a journey…we will move past the discomfort to speak up, lean in and step out – to share the love of Jesus and go where He leads us.

Equality resources


articles – from lcms

Response to Racial Injustice by Rev. Tim Bollinger
I Am Not Black by Rev. Greg Finke
Black Clergy Caucus Stmt on George Floyd by Rev. Warren Lattimore, Jr.
Stmt on the Death of George Floyd by Rev. Matthew Harrison

adult BOOKS

Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson
Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram Kendi(Baby)
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz (Pre-school)
God Made Me & You by Shai Linne (Elementary)
God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell (Elementary)
A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory (Elementary)
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Middle School)
Stamped by Jason Reynolds & Ibram Kendi (Teen & Young Adult)
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (Teen & Young Adult)
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery (Teen & Young Adult)

MOVIES

Just Mercy (Netflix series)
When They See Us (Netflix series)
13th
I Am Not Your Negro
12 Years A Slave (Rated R)
Detroit (Rated R)

VIDEOS & podcasts

Value Everyone: Race & Ethnicity
Racial Injustice In America
Code Switch
A 5-minute Crash Course on America’s Racial History from EJI
This TED Talk Explaining Racism
Hope + Hard Pills

ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The Conscious Kid – https://twitter.com/consciouskidlib – https://www.instagram.com/theconsciouskid/
Be The Bridge
The Global Immersion Project