Pursuing Love & Justice
Jesus calls us to live out all of his teachings. Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) is a mission priority of our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). To “Join God in making things right in our broken world,” we must commit to the hard but necessary work surrounding justice and reconciliation. We may not have all the answers, but we can no longer be silent. At PLCC, we are dedicating ourselves to justice and racial equality by…
- Highlighting God’s vision for the church and community through a sermon series on the book of Acts;
- Hosting book and film discussion groups;
- Engaging staff in the Intercultural Development Inventory and through pastoral cohorts on anti-racism;
- Encouraging we, the church, (students and adults) to learn about mercy and justice through the Journey to Mosaic or Sankofa;
- Emphasizing our continual call to prayer to recognize, repent, and renew our commitment to love mercy and do justice.
In addition, we have curated a list of resources with options to read, watch, and listen to a variety of voices…
BOOKS / PODCAST
For Older Kids
Easy Chapter Books
INTERVIEWS / DOCUMENTARIES / WEBINARS
Some of these resources require access through RightNow Media which is a FREE resource Pine Lake Covenant Church offers. You’ll have access to thousands of resources for everyone in your family, including a channel focused on Pursuing Justice. You can sign up for free in one of two ways:
- Text Rightnow PINELAKE to 41411;
- Email us and include the subject line “RightNow Media signup” and we’ll get you signed up!
- NEW President of the Association for Latino Pastors of the ECC, Rev. Juana Nesta, invites us to celebrate, observe and learn more about Latino Heritage Month.
- NEW Dominique Gilliard’s (Director of Racial Righteousness & Reconciliation of the Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority of the ECC) interview with Rev. Dr. Robert Chao Romero about his book, Brown Church.
- NEW Latino Americans (6-part series produced by PBS)
- NEW American Masters | Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It (PBS)
- NEW American Experience: A Class Apart (PBS DVD)
- Asian Americans (5-part series produced by PBS)
- MPLS National Rally for AAPI Lives & Dignity on March 28, 2021
- A Town Hall on the Asian American Experience During COVID-19 hosted by Dr. Boaz Johnson, NPU (Feb/March 2021) w/ Dr. Russell Jeung, Rev Greg Yee, and Rev Mary Chung March.
- Covenant Asian Pastors Association “Process and Respond” webinar with Dr. Russell Jeung and Rev Greg Yee for Asian American faith leaders who needed care and place to process the rise in anti-Asian violence (Feb 2021)
- A Call to Solidarity video from AAPI Christian Faith Leaders
- Race in America, Phil Vischer (RightNow Media)
- Race and the Gospel, Bryan Loritts and Matt Chandler (RightNow Media)
- The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby (RightNow Media)
- Love Mercy Do Justice YouTube channel (Evangelical Covenant Church)
- PLCC’s Pursuing Justice Channel (RightNow Media)
- True Justice, Bryan Stevenson documentary
- Bill Moyers interviews James H. Cone
- Just Mercy (HBO Max)
- When They See Us (Netflix)
- Between the World and Me (HBO)
- The Great Debaters
- Salute – documentary (Amazon Prime)
- 13th – documentary
- Akeelah and the Bee (good for middle school)
- Hidden Figures (good for upper elementary)
- Hair Love (good for elementary)
ARTICLES / PLAYLISTS / WEBSITES
- NEW This web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress, National Park Service, National Endowment for the Humanities and more, and provides several resources for learning more about Latino Heritage Month.
- “We Are Not Okay” Covenant Companion article (February 2021)
- “On Mission Together” Covenant Companion feature (May 2021)
- “The Story of Black History Month” by Dominique DuBois Gilliard, Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC)
- “Lisa Sharon Harper’s Thick Faith” by Caleb Paxton (Lisa Sharon Harper is the author of The Very Good Gospel from our reading list in week one)
- Here is a Spotify playlist designed to introduce you to old and new perspectives on the struggle for Black dignity in a world that all too often feels like Black Lives do not matter.