As an adult, genuine connections with others are so important.
At Northridge, we work to help adults of all ages forge friendships and community. That’s why we have men’s groups, women’s groups and our NOAH Group.
Advent Series: Christmas in Four Gospel Homes
An invitation to participate
The author of Christmas in Four Gospel Homes, Cynthia Campbell, imagines four very different architectural dwellings that represent the structure and themes of each of the gospels. She asks readers how they decorate their homes for Christmas and then asks what it is about those decorations they most cherish. How do these cherished decorations reflect your family’s personality?
In this most unusual Christmas season, pull out those favorite CDs or digital playlist and pump up the volume as you sing and dance along. Embrace the joy!
Holy God, we thank you for this season of preparation. Open our eyes to the wonders that surround us. Open our hearts to see those around us who need a reminder of good news of great joy. Open our minds to dig more deeply into old familiar stories that are testimony to your extravagant love. AMEN
Dig Deeper (optional):
Interested in how the different biblical words translated ‘good news’ in the Old Testament play out in the New Testament? Click here to access a short video.
Adult Education Opportunities
No matter your age or stage of life, you’re invited to monthly fellowship with the men of Northridge. Our Men’s Group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at Chubby’s at 7:00 am for conversation and food – it’s always a meaningful (and delicious) time.
Presbyterian Women in Northridge (PWIN)
Racial Justice Resources
Holy Post – Race in America (17 minutes)
How the church can be a healing force in America’s racial divide.
This is Us
Dr. Eddie Glaude explains why blaming current racial tensions on Donald Trump misses the point. (3 minutes)
Racism is Real
A split-screen video depicting the differential in the white and black lived experience. (3 minutes)
Confronting ‘intergroup anxiety’: Can you try too hard to be fair?
Explores why we may get tongue tied and blunder when we encounter people from groups unfamiliar to us. (5 minutes)
CBS News Analysis: 50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America’s past
Ibram X. Kendi reviews current history curriculum production and use across the U.S. (5 minutes)
The Disturbing History of the Suburbs
An “Adam Ruins Everything” episode that quickly and humorously educates how redlining came to be. (6 minutes)
What Kind of Asian Are You?
Humorous two minute YouTube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans. (2 minutes)
Birth of a White Nation
Keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)
Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay about the connection between US Slavery and the present day mass incarceration system. (1 hour, 40 minutes)
How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them
TED Talk by Vernā Myers, encourages work vigorously to counter balance bias by connecting with and learning about and from the groups we fear. (19 minutes)
The danger of a single story
TED Talk by Chimamanda Adiche, offers insight to the phenomenon of using small bits of information to imagine who a person is. (18 minutes)
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time
TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston that explores patterns revealing our racist framing, language, and behaviors. (10 minutes)
Indigenous People React to Indigenous Representation in Film And TV
Conversation with a diverse range of Indigenous people by FBE about media depictions of Indigenous people, Columbus day, and Indigenous identity. (15 minutes)
Tyler Merrit Project: Before You Call (3 minutes)
21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis, by Heben Nigatu
Climbing the White Escalator, by Betsy Leondar-Wright
Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person, by Gina Crosley-Corcoran
Guide to Allyship, Created by Amélie Lamont
It’s Not Just the South: Here’s How Everyone Can Resist White Supremacy, by Sarah van Gelder
Making America White Again, by Toni Morrison
Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap, by Amy Traub, Laura Sullivan, Tatjana Mescheded, & Tom Shapiro
What White Children Need to Know About Race, by Ali MIchael and Elenora Bartoli
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh
My President Was Black, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Caught Up In God, by Willie James Jennings
Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?, by Ibram X Kendi
Code Switch, hosted by journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji
Black Like Me, host Dr. Alex Gee
Scene on Radio – Seeing White Series, host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika
TED Radio Hour – Mary Bassett: How Does Racism Affect Your Health?
Host Guy Raz speaks with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University
Here & Now – Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?
Host Jeremy Hobson and author Edward Baptist
NPR Morning Edition – You Cannot Divorce Race From Immigration
Journalist Rachel Martin talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas
Pod Save the People
Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson
Test Your Awareness: Do The Test
This video shows us the importance of paying attention, and how much more we see when we are looking for particular things around us.
Use each question below separately as one day’s challenge.
- Who is and is not represented in ads?
- What are the last five books you read? What is the racial mix of the authors?
- What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?
- Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world? Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?