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As we take a posture of learning and humility, let’s be willing to examine ourselves and our culture. Whether you’re just entering the conversation of race in America, or you’ve dedicated time to this topic, there’s a place to jump in and learn together.

Follow the links below for discussion guides to Rethinking Incarceration, by Dominique DuBois Gilliard, and White Awake by Daniel Hill. Keep an eye out for our discussion guide of The Color of Compromise, by Jemar Tisby!

Along with the book studies we are doing, we have also been studying The Color of Compromise video series together. The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby was a primary resource for Phil’s sermon, Uprising: The White Church and Racism. If you would like to participate from home, you can find the series and questions linked below.

Click the link below to find a list of educational resources we’ve compiled. It includes books, films and documentaries, podcasts, and web resources. The books referenced in Sunday messages will be found here, along with sources for how to educate and speak with your children on this topic.

2020: Uprising Phil speaks directly into this cultural moment about racism, the American white Church, and a way forward as he confesses his sins and the sins of his people. Drawing extensively from two primary sources:
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby  (also an incredible Amazon Prime Video series) and Unsettling Truths by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah  among others that are available on our resource list. He lays out a history of racism in America and the ways in which the white American Church knowingly and unknowingly has participated. Much of what Phil shares historically comes from these books and the accompanying video series. Read these books for a deeper dive into the history of the American Church in regards to racism.

Canaan Community Church is a located in West Englewood on the southside of Chicago. For the last 20 years the church has been active in practicing Christian community development, participating in economic development, health initiatives, and walking with families impacted by incarceration as they seek to provide a healthy community for youth to re-enter. Join us in standing with a local church that shows up in their community.

Be The Bridge-  Be the Bridge is a leading organization in equipping bridge builders toward fostering and developing visions, skills, and a heart for racial healing. Founded by LaTasha Morrison in 2016, Be the Bridge has quickly become a leading voice that inspires people to be present and intentional toward racial reconciliation. Please give to the ongoing work of racial justice, restoration, and reconciliation

Equal Justice Initiative– Founded by Bryan Stevenson, who’s story is portrayed in the film, Just Mercy, Equal Justice Initiative’s work centers on three main areas:  Criminal Justice Reform, Racial Justice, and Public Education.  Join us in supporting this organization who’s work informs and sets free.


On June 14th we hosted a prayer vigil at different locations across Costa Mesa to collectively cry out to God and take action for justice.

To follow up this event we are sending a delegation to Costa Mesa’s Police Chief to consider how we can work together to create a safe community for everyone. At the vigil, individuals wrote letters to the CMPD to share our heart for justice in this city. If you would like to participate, follow the link below for a template to email your message to [email protected].

Another way you can join our community as we take action for justice is to sign and mail the letter attached below to Kentucky’s Attorney General concerning Breonna Taylor’s case.