Resources for Doing Justice

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” ~ Micah 6:8

In the wake of the social and racial upheaval we are experiencing, McCormick Theological Seminary would like to offer the resources collected on this page to you - alumni, clergy and leaders of communities of faith. This page will be updated regularly with additional resources as they are shared with us. Our Senior Director of Admissions and Enrollment and McCormick alumna, Veronica Johnson, gave a sermon that gave many of us hope in the fear and deep disappointment many of us are feeling in the wake of the 2016 presidential campaign and election.

We invite you to share helpful resources to add to this page, as well. You may send sermons, videos, suggested books, or any tools which you feel will be helpful for us to share here by sending them to Lisa Dagher at

We thank you in advance for your submissions and participation and hope that these resources encourage and assist you in your ministry context.

McCormick’s response to the election.

McCormick and LSTC Issue Joint Policy Statement Regarding Immigration Enforcement

#BlackLivesMatter video

“Lessons from Paul, Pink Salmon, and Black Folks”, sermon by Rev. Veronica Johnson.

"Unless the Cry Is Heard, the City Will Not Flourish" keynote address at McCormick Days, October 20, 2016, by Dr. Allan Boesak. “…God becomes the poor and oppressed, wounded by the injustices inflicted upon them. Furthermore, Calvin speaks of all those “who cannot bear injustice.” In other words, not only those upon whom injustice is inflicted, but those who cry out on their behalf, and therefore do what is right and just. In their cry as well God hears Godself, and in their doing of justice the wounds of God are healed.”

Recommended reading:
Race in a Post-Obama America, David Maxwell and Otis Moss, III (with Frank Yamada, Laura Cheifetz and other contributors)
Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus, Reggie Williams
The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander 
The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James Cone 
Waking up White, Debby Irving 
America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis
Soul of a Patriot, Parker J. Palmer
Key Discerning Principles and Corresponding Questions, Teresa Blythe

Book recommendations from the blog of Laura M. Cheifetz (2005), Vice President of Church & Public Relations, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.
Chapter 1: Disclaimers, Baby Steps, Intersectionality, and Critical Race Theory
Chapter 2: For Church Study, Feminist Work, & Theology
Chapter 3: News Sources & Organizations, Whiteness & White Supremacy
Chapter 4: History & Poetry
Chapter 5: Culture & Womanism

Resources on Sexual Orientation, Biblical Interpretation, Same Sex Marriage (and Marriage, generally speaking), and Being a Christian

John Greenberg blog on Citizenship and Justice: Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves.


Image: FastFoodStrike! by Michael Fleshman is licensed under CC BY 4.0



"I've made it my purpose in life to stand against bigotry and injustice of every kind. Do everything in my power to make life more human, more humane for my fellow humans. Because of what happened to me and my family, I have never tolerated and I will not tolerate now and I will not tolerate in the future, any form of prejudice or discrimination against Jews, against blacks, against gays, or lesbians, against any fellow humans. That is the purpose of my life. Only God will judge how well I have done. Amen."
The Rev. Carl R. Simon, Class of 1945