FOR FURTHER READING
Below is a list of resources that we have used in The Loft or were produced by participants in The Loft and inform our community.
Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus by Frank Rogers, Jr. – This book was a source for our series “Being and Becoming” in summer 2021; it’s a practical guide for spiritual formation that makes a difference in the world.
The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, and Food Justice by Christopher Carter – (forthcoming in December 2021) – The Spirit of Soul Food asks a provocative question: “Given the harm that our food production system inflicts and has had on Black people and other people of color, what should soul food look like today?” Christopher Carter’s answer to that question merges a history of Black American foodways with a Christian ethical response to food injustice. Both a timely mediation and a call to action, The Spirit of Soul Food places today’s Black foodways at the crossroads of food justice and Christian practice.
Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith by Monica Coleman – Dr. Coleman was a guest in The Loft in early 2021 during our series on Process Theology; her spiritual autobiography leads us on a faithful journey toward liberation.
Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us about Wisdom, Persistence, and Strength by Kat Armas – We’re biased, because Kat was a part of our community for a while when she lived in LA, but this book opens up conversation about our families and scripture as it demonstrates the importance of valuing voices from the margins.
The Deconstructionists Playbook edited by Crystal Cheatham & Theresa Ta
Crystal was with us in The Loft when we were meeting online; this anthology of devotions from her Our Bible app is explicitly queer-affirming, anti-racist, pro-feminism, and encouraging of interfaith inclusion.
Little Justice Leaders