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Saint Louis University's Department of Campus Ministry has curated the following links, videos and resources for prayer, managing your personal wellbeing and bringing your faith life to work for racial justice.

Prayer Resources Addressing Racism

“Racism is not one sin among many; it is a radical evil.”
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Brothers and Sisters to Us

The Department of Campus Ministry at Saint Louis University acknowledges that the recent deaths of our fellow Americans, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, continue to reveal racial injustice and inequity in our world, in our country, in our city, and yes, even at our University.

We are committed to listening to and supporting our community through our shared prayer and by creating spaces for critical reflection. We condemn the marginalization of any members of the SLU family and affirm the sacred dignity of all persons as made in the image and likeness of God.

We acknowledge, we lament, and we repent the sin of racism.

In preparing the resources below, we encourage the members of our community to pray, listen, learn and act – leading to what St. Ignatius describes as “the more” – the magis. How can we reject racism and work aggressively to remove racism and change the systems that enable racism?

Books
  • Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Fr. Bryan Massingale · Antiracism: An Introduction by Alex Zamalin
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • The Bridge Called My Back, Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
  • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 4th Edition, edited by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, D. Chase J. Catalano, Keri “Safire” DeJong, Heather W. Hackman, Larissa E. Hopkins, Barbara J. Love, Madeline L. Peters, Davey Shlasko, & Ximena Zuniga
  • Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy by Beth Berila
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
  • Songs of Our Hearts, Meditations of Our Souls: Prayers for Black Catholics by C. Vanessa White

Resources for Prayer in This Time of Pandemic

Please join us in finding those ways that you connect with your spiritual life during this time.  If you are looking for individual conversation with a campus minister, please feel free to email staff directly or campusministry@slu.edu and we will set up a time with you.