Racial Equity Resources

As mission-driven, faith-based organizations, it is vital that we consider our roles in systemic racism and work to dismantle inequitable systems. This library is meant to resource you and your organizations as you work to advance race equity. We will continually add resources and update this page as we learn collaboratively.

Contact Caitlyn Gudmundsen with questions or suggested resources to add to this library.



Tools for Collaborative Discussion


  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Era of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda McGee
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Books that Lutheran Services in America Members are Reading

  • The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) about Race at Work
  • Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life
  • Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US


Resources for Exploring White Privilege

Other Resources

  • Choose a podcast & host NPR Listening Party by clicking here.
  • Under Our Skin videos
  • Race to Lead Reports: The Building Movement Project advises nonprofit organizations on making social change and using effective and inclusive leadership practices. It surveyed over 4,300 people about their experiences with race in the nonprofit sector. The resulting “Race to Lead” series offers key findings and recommendations for increasing the number of nonprofit leaders of color, reducing racial bias in nonprofit organizations, and improving the experiences of women of color in the nonprofit sector.
  • 21-Day Race Equity Habit Building Challenge