How to Make Your Church a Little Less Racist

Updated: Oct 3, 2019



In this video, you will learn about explicit bias, implicit bias, bias by proxy, hindsight bias, in-group bias and confirmation bias. All of these types of bias are decreased when you take the feedback of others seriously, reflect on the spaces where you actively or inactively perpetuate biases, learn how to resolve your biases, and participate in truth and reconciliation.


Terms in the video:

  • Explicit Bias: Biases you know you have and continue to embody.

  • Implicit Bias: Biases you have, due to your culture, education, position in the world, religion, etc, that you do not know are biased. Everyone has implicit biases.

  • Bias by Proxy: When others report issues based on their biases, expecting you to act on them.

  • Hindsight Bias: The belief, in retrospect, that decisions were less complex and easier to make.

  • In-Group Bias: Believing the experiences, beliefs and truths of people within your community over those of others.

  • Confirmation Bias: Narrowing your vision of the world, to things that fit within the beliefs you already hold.


After watching this video, consider:

1) what is an personal and communal example you can think of for each type of bias?

2) what is one bias you know you have and how to you intend to work on it?

3) how can I practice telling the truth about biases I have held in the past?

4) what are the ways I can learn more about bias that I don't understand?



Books for Additional Reading:

  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What we See, Think, and Do, By Jennifer Eberhardt

  • Citizen: An American Lyric, By Claudia Rankine

  • White Fragility, By Robin DiAngelo

  • Dear Church: A Love Letter From a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US, By Lenny Duncan



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©2019 by the Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer