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Pursuing Justice

Pursuing 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…

  1. Highlighting God’s vision for the church and community through a sermon series on the book of Acts;
  2. Hosting book and film discussion groups;
  3. Engaging staff in the Intercultural Development Inventory and through pastoral cohorts on anti-racism;
  4. Encouraging we, the church, (students and adults) to learn about mercy and justice through the Journey to Mosaic or Sankofa;
  5. 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

Reading

  • The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right (Lisa Sharon Harper)
  • Jesus and the Disinherited (Howard Thurman)
  • Becoming Brave: Finding Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now (Brenda Salter McNeil)
  • Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart (Christena Cleveland)
  • Just Mercy (Bryan Stephenson)
  • Be the Bridge podcast

Youth Reading

  • March—A comic book trilogy telling the story of the Civil Rights Movement (John Lewis)
  • Just Mercy—Adapted for Young Adults (Bryan Stevenson)
  • The Underground Railroad: A Novel (Colson Whitehead)
  • Dear Martin (Nic Stone)
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Phillip Hoose)

Children’s Reading

  • Henry’s Freedom Box (Levine Ellen)
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)
  • The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for Equal Education (Gary Jeffrey)
  • Child of the Civil Rights Movement (Paula Young Shelton)
  • Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins (Carole Boston Weatherford)
  • When God Made You (Matthew Paul Turner)
INTERVIEWS / DOCUMENTARIES

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:

  1. Text Rightnow PINELAKE to 41411;
  2. Email us and include the subject line “RightNow Media signup” and we’ll get you signed up!
FILMS
  • Just Mercy (HBO Max)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • Between the World and Me (HBO)
  • The Great Debaters
  • Selma
  • 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 / PLAYLIST