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Justice Journeys 

First Parish believes that we have a responsibility, as a community of faith, to study as disciples committed to justice and to work for justice and peace in the world.   


Through Justice Journeys, we are committing to learn and journey together in an effort to expand our understanding of the world and how we can act to bring about God’s intended kingdom here on earth. 


BLM, BIPOC, and AAPI Racial Justice Collected Resources


These resources have been recommended by members and friends of First Parish.  The list includes materials used in a variety of educational programs including Sacred Ground (Sacred Ground – The Episcopal Church) , Many Rivers, to Cross (The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | PBS),White Fragility (White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism: DiAngelo, Dr. Robin, Dyson, Michael Eric: 9780807047415: Books) and See No Stranger (Learning Hub - Valarie Kaur) as well as resources suggested by participants in those programs.   


In the United States, racism has been woven into our history, culture, and practice.  Racism is a layer of oppression that humans have constructed and upheld.  We are working towards a world that recognizes each human as a beloved child of God and we acknowledge racism’s presence and actively work to dismantle its practices. 


We recognize that there is much work to be done to create culture and practices that are life-giving for all people. 







  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander 

  • White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo 

  • Between Me and the World, Ta-Nehisi Coates 

  • Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad 

  • Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman 

  • The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson 

  • Union, Colin Woodard 

  • The Other Slavery, Andre Resendez 

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown 

  • Black Elk Speaks, John G. Neihardt 

  • The Last Stand, Nathaniel Philbrick 

  • How to be Less Stupid About Race, Crystal M. Fleming 

  • The Sacred Pipe, Black Elk (Joseph Epes Brown) 

  • Nobody Knows My Name, James Baldwin 

  • Stamped From the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi 

  • How to Be an Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi 

  • Waking Up White, Debbie Irving 

  • Caste, Isabel Wilkerson 

  • Unsettled, Colin Woodard 

  • You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism, Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar 

  • As Brave as You, Jason Reynolds 

  • Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds 

  • For Every One, Jason Reynolds 

  • Nations, Colin Woodard 

  • Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin 

  • See No Stranger, Valerie Kaur 

  • Becoming, Michelle Obama 

  • We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption, Justin Fenton 





  • There There, Tommy Orange 

  • Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates 

  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog (Trilogy), Kent Nerburn 

  • The Tradition, Jericho Brown 

  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead 

  • To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee 

  • Four Spirits, Sena Jeter Naslund 

  • Where the Dead Sit Talking, Brandon Hobson 

  • Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead 

  • The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri 

  • The Heart of Redness, Zakes Mda 

  • Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult 

  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Gary D. Schmidt 

  • While Justice Sleeps, Stacy Abrams 

  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi 

  • Dragons in a Bag, Zetta Elliott 

  • Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors: A Novel, Sonali Dev 

  • Recipe for Persuasion, Sonali Dev 

  • Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton 

  • Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng 

  • Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng 

  • Pachinko, Min Jin Lee 

  • Prairie Lotus, Linda Sue Park 

  • Dear Martin, Nic Stone 

  • Yellow Wife, Sadeqa Johnson 

  • Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas 

  • Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson 

  • Black Buck, Mateo Askaripour 

  • Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland 

  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett 

  • Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo 

  • The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Deesha Philyaw 

  • A Song Below Water, Bethan C. Morrow 

  • Child of the River, Irma Joubert and Else Silke (Translator) 

  • Have You Seen Louis Valex?, Catherine Ryan Hyde 

  • Love from A to Z, S.K. Ali 

  • Varina, Charles Frazier 

  • Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue 

  • The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo 

  • Abundance, Jakob Guanzon 

  • Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America, Amy Belding Brown 

  • Yellow Raft in Blue Water, Michael Dorris 

  • House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday 

  • Death Comes to the Archbishop, Willa Cather 

  • Panchinko, Min Jin Lee 

  • Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton 

  • While Justice Sleeps, Stacy Abrams 

  • Four Spirits, Sena Jeter Naslund 

  • House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III 

  • Dusk, F. Sionil Jose 

  • Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri 

  • Moth Smoke, Mohsin Hamid 

  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini 

  • The Cost of Knowing, Brittney Morris 

  • The Firekeeper: A Narrative of the New York Frontier, Robert Moss 



Podcasts and Other Sites


The Arts 




Movies, Series, and Documentaries 








Historic Sites  


  • Abyssinian Meeting House, Portland, ME 

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Brunswick, ME 

  • Freedom Trail, Portland, ME 

  • BIPOC and AAPI-Owned Businesses 

Website Listings




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