These collects from the Book of Common Prayer may also be appropriate for use:
Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sermons and Essays
In the wake of protests around the country following the death of unarmed black people during encounters with police, we're posting sermons and other written pieces about racial justice.
Laying Down the Privilege of Denial: Linda Mizwicki reflects on her experience attending the 2.5-day diocesan "Analyzing Systemic Racism" training
Anxious white Protestants, by the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church (December, 2015)
Is racism on the rise? More in U.S. say it's a 'big problem,' CNN/KFF poll finds, by Catherine E. Shoichet (November, 2015)
Resources for Discussing Racism: Sharon Ely Pearson presents resources available to help our congregations begin conversations around relevant resolutions coming out of the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (July, 2015)
How to be an interrupter: a white person's guide to activism, by Aaryn Belfer (July, 2015)
The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (June 2014)
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD (2015)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir by Michele Norris (2011)
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander (2010)
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson (2010)
Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family by Ronne Hartfield (2004)
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Acceptance Speech for the 2015 National Book Award (Between the World and Me) (November, 2015)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story (Ted Talk filmed July, 2009)
Michelle Alexander: Media interviews (from her website)
BlackLivesMatter.com: We Affirm that All Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.
Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training: Since 1986 Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training (formerly Crossroads Ministry) has been providing organizing, training, and consulting to institutions striving to dismantle racism.
TheChicagoReporter.com: The Chicago Reporter is a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality. The Reporter was founded by civil rights activist John McDermott in 1972 to measure the city's progress toward racial equality.
TheRaceCardProject.org: What you see here are candid submissions from people who have engaged in a little exercise. Here’s how it works. Think about the word Race. How would you distill your thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one sentence that only has six words?
TheRoot.com: The Root is the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers. Founded in 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America.
TracingCenter.org: This Tracing Center campaign explores the unfinished business of civil war and civil rights. The Tracing Center was founded in 2009 to build on our work in producing the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Our mission is to create greater awareness of the full extent of the nation’s complicity in slavery and the transatlantic slave trade and to inspire acknowledgement, dialogue and active response to this history and its many legacies. We do this for the purpose of racial justice, healing, and reconciliation, for the benefit of all.
World Trust: Through education rooted in love and justice, World Trust is a catalyst for racial equity. Through our films and seminars, thousands of new people each year learn about racial justice and commit to positive change.