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Fr. William J. Ferree Chair of Social Justice

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  • Ehrlichman, David. Impact Networks: Create Connection, Spark Collaboration, and Catalyze Systemic Change. Berrett-Koehler, 2021.
  • Rowlands, Anna. Toward a Politics of Communion: Catholic Social Teaching in Dark Times. T&T Clark, 2021.

  • O'Connell, Maureen. Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in an Age of Globalization. Orbis, 2009.
  • O'Connell, Maureen. If these Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice.  Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • O'Connell, Maureen. Undoing the Knots: Five Generations of American Catholic Anti-blackness.  Beacon Press, 2022.

  • Edwards, Korie L. The Elusive Dream: The Power of Race in Interracial Churches. Oxford University Press USA, 2008.
  • Edwards, Korie Little, and Michelle Oyakawa. Smart Suits, Tattered Boots: Black Ministers Mobilizing the Black Church in the Twenty-First Century. New York University Press, 2022.
  • Segura, Olga. The Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church. Orbis, 2021.
  • Tisby, Jemar. The Color of Compromise. Zondervan: 2019.
  • Tisby, Jemar. How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice. Zondervan, 2021.

  • Bretherton, Luke. Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship, and the Politics of a Common Life. Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Goizueta, Roberto. “‘Why are you frightened?’ U.S. Hispanic Theology and Late Modernity.” in Cuerpo de Christo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church, ed. Peter Casarella and Raúl Gómez. Crossroad, 1998.
  • Hayes, Diana. Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality. Orbis Books, 2012.
  • Miller, Vincent J. The Theological and Ecological Vision of Laudato Si': Everything Is Connected. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.
  • Nouwen, Henri.  Gracias: A Latin American Journal. Harper and Row, 1983.
  • Saint-Jean, Patrick, SJ. The Crucible of Racism. Orbis, 2022.
  • Saint-Jean, Patrick, SJ. The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola. Anamchara Books, 2021.
  • Tran, Jonathan. Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism. Oxford University Press, 2021.
  • Wood, Richard L. and Brad R. Fulton. A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy. University of Chicago Press, 2015.
  • Wood, Richard L. Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and Democratic Organizing in America.  University of Chicago Press, 2002.
  • Fulton, Brad R., Michelle Oyakawa, and Richard L. Wood. “Critical Standpoint: Leaders of color advancing equity in predominantly white organizations.” Nonprofit Management and Leadership 30, no. 2 (2019): 255-76.
  • Gawerc, Michelle I.  “Coalition‐building and the forging of solidarity across difference and inequality,” Sociology Compass 2021;15:e12858. ttps://
  • Wood, Richard L. “Building locally-grounded power: Re-empowering deep relational organizing”, a 2022 ‘think piece’ for internal conversations within the organizing field.
  • Wood, Richard L. “Public Catholicism: Contemporary Presence & Future Promise” in The Future of Catholicism in America, eds Mark Silk and Patricia O’Connell Killen.  Columbia University Press, 2019.

  • Cone, James. The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Orbis Reprint: 2013.
  • Copeland, M. Shawn. Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being. Fortress Press, 2009.
  • Copeland, M. Shawn. Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience. Orbis, 2018.
  • Horan, Daniel, OFM. A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege. Ave Maria Press, 2021.
  • Jennings, Willie James. After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging. Eerdmans, 2020.
  • Moore, Osheta. Dear White Peacemakers: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace.  Herald Press, 2021.
  • Stoltzfus, Regina Shands and Tobin Miller Schearer. Been in the Struggle: Pursuing an Antiracist Spirituality. Herald Press, 2021.
  • Thurman, Howard. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press, 1976.
  • Williams, Shannen Dee. Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle. Duke University Press, 2022.
  • Copeland, M. Shawn. “Breath and Fire: The Spirit Moves Us Toward Racial Justice.”  Commonweal, July/Aug. 2020.
  • Costello, Damian. “Black Elk Still Speaks: How Indigenous Thought Can Aid the Church’s Mission.” America. Nov. 25, 2019.
  • Costello, Damian and Jon. M. Sweeney. “Saint Black Elk?” America. Oct. 16, 2017.
  • Flynn, JD.  “After Backlash, EWTN Radio Host Gloria Purvis Says She Will Persevere.” June 26, 2020. 
  • Jones, Robert P. “White Christian America Needs a Moral Awakening.” The Atlantic, July 28, 2020.
  • Lori, William E. “The Truth in Black Lives Matter: What Do These Three Words Mean to Catholics?” America, Sept. 2020.
  • Massingale, Bryan. “What to Do about White Privilege.” National Catholic Reporter, June 12-25, 2020.
  • Rocha, Samuel D. “The Gift of Blackness to the Church: An Interview with EWTN’s Gloria Purvis.” Church Life Journal, July 20, 2020.
  • Rotondaro, Vinnie. “Disastrous Doctrine Had Papal Roots” Sept. 4, 2015.
  • Rotondaro, Vinnie. “Doctrine of Discovery: A Scandal in Plain Sight”  Sept. 5, 2015.
  • Williams, Shannen Dee. “Catholic Statements Fall Way Short” National Catholic Reporter, July 24-Aug. 6, 2020.

  • Davis, Cyprian. The History of Black Catholics in the United States. Herder and Herder, 1995.
  • Finney, Frederick M. Call to the Land of Promise. Gladys Turner Finney, 2018.
  • Finney, Gladys Turner. Joseph Carter Corbin: Educator Extraordinaire and Founder of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Butler Center Books, 2017.
  • Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. God's Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists are Working for Immigrant Rights. University of California Press, 2008.
  • Kaplowitz, Donna Rich, Shayla Reese Griffin, and Sheri Seyka. Race Dialogues:  A Facilitator's Guide to Tackling the Elephant in the Classroom. Teacher's College Press, 2019.
  • Massingale, Bryan. Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. Orbis, 2010.
  • Mingo, Chuck and Troy Jackson with Holly Crawshaw. Courageous Love (forthcoming, to be published later in 2022).
  • Saavedra, Marco , Claudia Muñoz, Mariela Nuñez-Janes , Stephen Pavey, Fidel Castro Rodriguez , Pedro Santiago Martinez Eclipse of Dreams: The Undocumented-Led Struggle for Freedom. AK Press, 2020.
  • Schoem, David and Sylvia Hurtado, eds. Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community, and Workplace. University of Michigan Press, 2001.