It is a priority for Mennonite Church USA to listen to and support BIPOC (Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color). This page includes organizations, affinity groups and resources for support, connection and self-care for BIPOC.
Hope for the Future gatherings provide spaces of retreat, opportunities for networking and more for people of color across Mennonite Church USA.
Racial/Ethnic Council is a leadership body that connects the distinct Racial Ethnic bodies across Mennonite Church USA – providing a space for building relationships, leadership development and carrying together the overlapping work of each of the distinct Racial Ethnic groups.
STAR: Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience offer an educational gateway toward working and living in more trauma-informed ways from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
The Nap Ministry believes rest is a form of resistance and reparations and provides resources around rest through a blog and social media. Find them @thenapministry.
Roots of Justice seeks the liberation of all persons from oppression, by providing strategies and tools for educating, organizing and renewing persons, institutions and systems.
ReconciliAsian is a peace center in Los Angeles that equips leaders in Korean and Asian American churches and communities to serve in ways that promote unity, justice and peace towards reconciliation.
Book and Media Resources
- Article: The wisdom of caucusing for people of color by Roots of Justice
- Webinar recording: Equipping Ministry for Anti-Racist Change from MennoMedia
- Racism is Real Dialogue Series: An ongoing series of recorded video conversations with Roots of Justice trainers and friends
- Webinar Recording: Race, Church and Change from MC USA
- Holding It (,) Together podcast: In episode 1, Michelle Armster and Iris de León-Hartshorn discuss women in leadership in the Mennonite Church
- Movie and study guide: Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ is a 43-minute documentary, with a study guide, that teaches about the history of the Doctrine of Discovery, its basis in Christian theology, its effects on Indigenous Peoples today, and how we might start to undo it.
- Recursos para hablar sobre Racismo, a list of resources in Spanish from the Mosaic Mennonite Conference intercultural team
- Podcast: “Ruby Sales: Hope for the Future” speaking to MC USA’s Hope for the Future gathering
- Book: I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation by Chanequa Walker-Barnes
- Book: The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
- Book: Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women’s Lives edited by Elisa Facio and Irene Lara
MC USA Resources
- News and blogs addressing racial justice
- Mennonite Church USA statement on racial injustice
- Prayers of lament: Responding to the violence of racism
- Mennonite Church USA statement on anti-Asian racism and COVID-19
- MC USA statement on commemorating 1619 and slavery’s ongoing impact and legacy