An inclusive, Christ-centered community making a difference.

Racial Justice Advocacy
As Rochester continues to struggle with our turn in the racial justice spotlight, we at Asbury First are looking for ways to respond faithfully both at this moment and going forward. Many have asked what we can do right now as individuals and as a congregation to confront the realities of racism in our community.
Please continually check this page for different resources, guides, books, films, and more that can assist you on the journey toward racial justice in Rochester and beyond. We will also share links to some of the organizations and community-led anti-racist efforts. While we recognize the list will not be exhaustive, our hope is to regularly update it with resources so that we can all stay informed and connected.
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We have also created a specially designated fund called the Racial Justice Advocacy Fund to which any may contribute. These funds will be distributed to local organizations and community efforts that are committed to ending racism in Rochester. The use of this fund will be determined by the Racial Justice Advocacy Team in consultation with pastoral leadership. Click here to donate.

Upcoming Events/Classes

ProvidenceProtestPolitics 200pxProvidence, Protest, and Politics — Asbury First Class
Tuesdays from 7-8 pm, starting October 20, Click here for Zoom link

Have you been wondering how you might respond in faith to all of the protests and politicking in our community and country? Then join us for a four-week conversation where we will highlight the interrelation of faith, protests, and politics. This Tuesday, all are invited to join us as local leaders help us unpack some of the racial challenges that we are seeing in our Rochester community, and help us recognize the positive power of protest. Contact Mike Mullin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with questions or for more information.



21-Day Racial Equity Challenge with United Way Rochester
October 23 - November 20
Asbury First is proud to join with United Way Rochester in the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. Our congregation, along with thousands of individuals and organizations around Rochester, will commit to deepening our understanding of and willingness to confront racism, bias, and other social inequities. This is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. Daily topics will include Understanding Bias, Levels of Racism, Housing Inequities, Building a Race Equity Culture, and more. You can also join the challenge as an individual and receive an email every weekday from October 23 to November 20 with links to recommended articles, videos, podcasts, reflections, and more. Learn more here.


PathstonePresents logoPathstone Presents — Provok!ng Thought: Beloved Community
Tuesday, November 3, 12-1:30 pm, Register here
PathStone Presents –Provok!ng Thought is an exciting opportunity for Western New York community builders of all kinds to hear local and national thought leaders around one of the most compelling and difficult issues of our time – poverty.  Register online to learn about acknowledging the history of structural racism manifested by pervasive redlining and the racial disparities illuminated from the COVID-19 pandemic. How can Rochester and Monroe County more effectively embrace the principles of the “Beloved Community” as described by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Learn more here.


Video Training/Discussions

Guides/Text Discussions

  • Confronting Racial Covenants: How They Segregated Monroe County and What to Do About Them — Guide provided by City Roots Community Land Trust and The Yale Environment Protection Clinic
  • Where Are We Today? — Slide presentation by Brennon Thompson about racism in Rochester and Monroe County
  • Power, Race, and Identity — Slide presentation by David Carr for Asbury First




  • America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women by Brittney C. Cooper
  • Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney C. Cooper
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (and Study Guide and Call to Action)
  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga (Editor), Gloria Anzaldúa (Editor)
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • White Rage The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  • Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk