Racial Reconciliation Resources

Northlake acknowledges the reality that Black people have been discriminated against and Black voices have been marginalized and silenced in our society and in the Church for generations.

We believe it is the duty of our white church members to acknowledge the harms experienced by Black people, hold space for healing, and prepare ourselves for action, dialogue and transformation. We hope this collection of resources will help you, whether you are starting this journey, continuing it, or are healing as you struggle with the harsh realities of racism in the US.
No book, article or film is wholly adequate, or entirely without fault in logic or information. However, these books have been suggested by members of our congregation as being helpful to them in understanding important views on the issue of racism.

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.


Be the Bridge Groups

A number of our members have participated in Be the Bridge groups. Developed by Latasha Morrison, the program is a faith-based approach to building racial unity through honest conversations in small, multi-racial groups. She expertly applies biblical principles, such as lamentation, confession, and forgiveness, to lay the framework for restoration.

Hear some of the participants share their Be the Bridge experience with the church.


Many of our members have taken part in local experiences that educate visitors about race and the need for equality.

National Memorial for Peace and Justice

Visit the nation’s first comprehensive memorial dedicated to the legacy of Black Americans who were enslaved, terrorized by lynching, humiliated by racial segregation, and presumed guilty and dangerous.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The center tells the stories of the history of the civil rights movement in the United States as well as stories from the struggle for human rights around the world.

More Resources

How does a just Church look and act?

Patrick Bradshaw

Jesus and the Disinherited

From the publisher: “In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900-1981) demonstrates how the gospel may be read as

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