Justice, Mercy, and Reconciliation Resources

Learning together continues the conversation and keeps us accountable to act on what we learn.

We want to learn together – as a church family, as a community – and to help us to do that, we’ve created this page to guide you in learning more about racial injustice and reconciliation. It's is organized in Q&A format – navigate to the question below that resonates with you and dive into the resources there. 


Justice and Mercy: Tough Questions Answered

We recently held a virtual members meeting where Pastor Curtis and our lead pastors answered a number of member-submitted questions about our current sermon series on justice and mercy. We talked about:

  • What are the goals and vision for this series on justice and mercy? (11:42-13:58)
  • Does The Journey support Black Lives Matter? (13:59-18:23)
  • What is The Journey’s stance on Black Liberation Theology? (19:30-26:15)
  • What is white privilege and what does it look like to leverage our privilege for the benefit of others? (26:17-45:05)
  • What is The Journey’s position on Critical Race Theory? (59:32-1:07:56)
  • Does The Journey support defunding the police? (1:08:06-1:12:26)

The conversation was so helpful that we wanted to share it with all of you.


Sermon Discussion Guides

Justice and Mercy: Truth in Story

How do these conversations about justice and mercy fit into our vision at The Journey?

Learn here what we mean when we say “engage culture.”


 

What does the Gospel and the biblical narrative say about justice?

 

What is justice, exactly, and who gets to define it? In this video, The Bible Project explores the biblical theme of Justice and discover how it's deeply rooted in the storyline of the Bible that leads to Jesus. It's a great summary for all ages.

Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Tim Keller is a deeper study of what Scripture says about justice.


Why is it important to think about corporate sins of injustice and not just individual ones?

In Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective, Tim Keller unpacks what the Bible says about our corporate identity.

 

Grace, Justice & Mercy, a talk by Tim Keller and Bryan Stevenson, you can listen to author and public interest lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, as he discusses his experiences defending the poor and incarcerated.


How do I learn more about systems of injustice in our country?

Race, the Power of an Illusion, is a PBS docu-series that walks the viewer through the history of systemic racism in America.

 

A film depicting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he tries to secure equal voting rights by marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Watch now

Thirteenth, this documentary chronicles scholars, activists and politicians analyzing the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

 


 

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

A film inspired by the true story of defense attorney Bryan Stevenson and his determination to defend those who are unable to defend themselves.

Systemic injustice is hard to understand. This article explains it with a metaphor.


 

In this animated interview, the sociologist Bruce Western explains the current inevitability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it's become a normal life event. 


How do I, as a Christian, live a life that prioritizes justice?

Integrating Justice into our Spiritual Disciplines, The Witness

9 Ways to Move Away from Privilege, The Witness


 

I don’t think I am racist. What should I do?

Learn more about how our choices are sometimes the result of subconscious thoughts rather than conscious ones in this Crash Course on Prejudice and Discrimination.


What is the history of race in America?

Phil Vischer, the founder of Big Idea Productions, Jellyfish Labs, and the creator and storyteller behind VeggieTale, walks through a helpful history of race in America. Why are people angry? Why so upset? Didn't we elect a black president? Pass civil rights laws? Isn't racism illegal now? Let's take a look at race in America...


I want to hear more from Black Voices about their experiences.

George Floyd and Me
Written by Shai Linne
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For me, “life as usual” means recognizing some people perceive me as a threat based solely on the color of my skin. For me, “life as usual” means preparing my sons for the coming time when they’re no longer perceived as cute little boys, but teenage “thugs.” Long after George Floyd disappears from the headlines, I will still be a black man in America...." Continue reading


 

I want to learn more about St. Louis’ history with race and injustice.

We Live Here
From St. Louis Public Radio

We Live Here explores the issues of race, class and power that led to the emotional eruption in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death in Ferguson. St. Louis Public Radio reporters Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley present podcasts, radio features, web stories and use social media for an in-depth exploration of how systemic racism impacts people as well as the well-being of our region and beyond. Listen now

We Stories activates a critical mass of previously unengaged White families in St. Louis (or roughly 3,400 families) to view anti-racism as a parenting priority. Among those, We Stories organizes a community of hundreds of parent leaders who advocate for diverse and integrated experiences for their children, and this community is robust, cohesive, and engaged enough to influence family-serving businesses, service providers and government bodies, and put real heft behind region change efforts. Learn more

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.

A documentary on white flight in the area of Spanish Lake, Missouri, a post WW2 suburb. The town experiences rapid economic decline and population turnover due to racism and governmental policies which support the white exodus.


How do I become aware of my biases?

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.


Learn Out Loud

Bravely sharing our personal learning and struggles regarding racism and injustice, personal and systemic, past and present.