The Student Center Foundation hosted a virtual panel discussion on the topic “Addressing Racial Bias with a Spiritual Approach,” which featured three speakers: John Tyler, a Christian Science teacher and former member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, and recipient of the YWCA’s Social Justice Award; Dr. Sarah Fiarman, a former school principal and teacher who is now a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Emily Smith, head of The Branch School, an accredited independent middle school in west Houston, Texas. Below you will find various resources that the speakers recommended for continued study.
Articles from Mrs. Eddy, and the Christian Science periodicals
- Are we consenting to equality? by Tony Lobl. From the August 17, 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.
- From racial profiling to ‘You are my brother’ by Kwadjo Boaitey. From the March 7, 2011 issues of the Christian Science Sentinel
- The antidote to systemic racism: Spiritual oneness by Kim Crooks Korinek. From the September 28, 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.
- “Love Your Enemies” by Mary Baker Eddy. From Miscellaneous Writings, 1883-1896 (pp. 8-13).
Resources referenced by or related to the panelists
- Book referenced by our panelist, John Tyler: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
- Letter from our panelist Emily Smith to her school community, including a list of resources
- Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism by Sarah Fiarman
Articles from the Mary Baker Eddy Library
- Women of History: Marietta Webb
- What were some ways the Mother Church responded to racial unrest in the 1960s?
A few other recommended resources
- What White Children Need to Know About Race (article)
- Seeing White (podcast)
- A Conversation on Race (short videos of people of different races talking about their racial identity)
- Race: The Power of an Illusion, by California Newsreel (documentary film in 3 parts, debunking myths about race and describing ways government policies created racial inequities)