Sacred Ground Resources

A number of St. John’s parishioners and others from the community are participating in Sacred Ground, the Episcopal Church’s curriculum on race and faith.  Facilitators from St. John’s have recommended the following resources for those who would like to explore these topics further. 

The Starter Kit:

  • Waking Up White by Debbie Irving
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Uncomfortable Truth (Amazon Prime)
  • The 1619 Project – New York Times  
  • Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man - youtube video series with NFL football player Emmanuel Acho 


  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • "On the Five Stages and White People Waking Up to Racism/Healing from Whiteness," by Tad Hargrave  

Topic Specific Deep Dives:

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Just Mercy (Amazon Prime)
  • America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
  • 13th (Netflix Documentary


  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Race and Faith

  • "Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (and anything else he wrote)
  • Jesus and the Disinherited by the Rev. Howard Thurman
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
  • God of the Oppressed by James H. Cone
  • The Becoming Beloved Community Formation Video Series with short lectures by Dr. Wornie Reid, a sociology professor at Virginia Tech, Diocese of Southwestern Virginia website  
  • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas
  • "A Conversation about Racism in American in the Aftermath of the George Floyd Murder," between the Rev. George Anderson and the Rev. William Lee on the Second Presbyterian Church, Roanoke


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