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Faith, Justice, and Community Organizing: Public Change Agent Models

Additional study resources for the GTUx Original Faith, Justice, and Community Organizing: Public Change Agent Models


Supplemental Readings and Resources List

These are additional study resources for the GTUx Original on Faith, Justice, and Community Organizing: Public Change Agent Models presented by Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble, along with Aaron Grizzell, Angela Lintz Small, Diane Saunders, Mamisoa Rakotomalala, Gordon Gilmore, and Heewon Jin. The resources are organized to follow the GTUx Original module structure. At the bottom of the page, you will find a listing of the professor's publications. 

Module Readings

Module 1: Justice as Public Witness: The Sacred Art of Organizing

Media Resource

“A History of Wokeness”(2020) wokeness-history-origin-evolution-controversy  

Module 2 and 2A: Historical / Cultural Rootedness: MLK’s prophetic & prescient ethos  

Media Resources

MLK Jr.: How White People Got Their Land and Wealth,  
MLK Jr: The Other America, address at Stanford University, 

Module 3: Change Agent Church: Courage and Fear - Organizing Collaboration as Co- conspirators instead of Armchair Allies

Media Resources

Fannie Lou Hamer (family produced video -

Urban Institute – “Community Organizing”  

Module 4 and 4A – Whose Lives Really Matter? Crafting Counter Rhetoric to Nationalist Supremacy & Patriarchy – Is Fear a Force to Spark the Courage to Act?  

Media Resources 

Union Theological Seminary “Just Conversations” hosted by Dr. Kelley Brown Douglas, featuring Dr. Rima Vesely-Flad and John Thatamanil, March 27, 2023. or (30 minutes)  

Legal Defense Fund report, “The Power of Language: How Woke Went from “Black” to “Bad” by Ishena Robinson, Deputy Editorial Director.   

This article speaks to the Catholic Bishops voting for the abortion issue to be a preeminent priority:  

This article is about the alliance of Michael Flynn from Trump cabinet with American bishops.   Both this source and the previous linked article are reputable Catholic news sources.   

This article is on toxic masculinity:  

This article defines toxic masculinity: Longitudinal associations between features of toxic masculinity and bystander willingness to intervene in bullying among middle school boys - also available on ScienceDirect  


Vesely-Flad, Rima. Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition: The Practice of Stillness in the Movement for Liberation. New York Press, 2022.  

Hendricks Jr., Obery M. Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith. Boston: Beacon Press, 2021.  

Johnson, Sylvester A., and Steven Weitzman, eds. The FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security Before and After 9/11. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017.  

Martin, Lerone. The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2023.  

Miles-Tribble, Valerie A. Change Agent Church in Black Lives Matter Times: Urgency for Action. Lanham: Lexington Books, The Rowan and Littlefield Publishing Group, 2020.  

Ravitch, Frank S. Freedom’s Edge: Religious Freedom, Sexual Freedom, and the Future of America. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.  

Williams, Duncan Ryūken. American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019.  

Module 5 and 5A – Joining Voices & Prayers Toward Justice: Womanist / Feminist Intersections of Justice Spirituality and Public Action  

Media Resources

  “Food Deserts and Inequality,” Social Policy Data Lab (Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy).  

“Relining and Food Justice in America,” on the Move for Hunger website,  

 “Food Insecurity in Black Communities,” Feeding America website,  

 Article: Amanda Abrams, “Is it OK to Use the word “homeless” or Should you say “unhoused”?  The Guardian, Jul 20, 2023.  

Article: Merisa Kendall, “How Big is California’s homelessness crisis? Inside the Massive State-wide Effort to Find Out,” Cal Matters – January 26, 2024. 


Salleh, Ariel. “In Defense of Deep Ecology: An Ecofeminist Response to a Liberal Critique”. Beneath the Surface: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Deep Ecology. Edited by Eric Katz, Andrew Light, and David Rothenberg. MIT Press, 2000.

Drever, Matthew. Image, Identity, and the Forming of the Augustinian Soul. AAR Academy Series, series editor Aaron W Hughes. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013

Hinga, Teresia M. African, Christian, Feminist: The Enduring Search for what Matters. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.

Module 6 – Summation: The “Me” and “We” of Justice Work: Ethics of Caring and Collaborating as Community   

Media Resources    

Journal Special Issue: “#Black Lives (still) Matter after Trump: What’s Changed or Not and Where Do We Go From Here,” Faith and #BlackLivesMatter: Future Directions, Currents in Theology & Mission, Vol 49 (1), 2022, editor Dr. Linda E. Thomas   

Lee Staples (2012) Community Organizing for Social Justice: Grassroots Groups for Power, Social Work With Groups, 35:3, 287-296, DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2012.656233  


Change Agent Church in Black Lives Matter Times: Urgency for Action (Lanham: Lexington/Fortress Academic imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. Paperback release 2021).   On AMAZON or Times-Urgency-for-Action   

Professor's Publications

Professor's Publications

Online Threads /Articles

“#Black Lives (still) Matter after Trump: What’s Changed or Not and Where Do We Go From Here,” Faith and #BlackLivesMatter: Future Directions, Currents in Theology & Mission, Vol 49 (1), 2022, editor Dr. Linda E. Thomas  

 “The Public Theology of Valerie Miles-Tribble,” Progressive Christian Series in dialogue w/ Dr. Ted Peters, GTU - Editor  

GTUx productions:   

“Leadership in Community Organizing” in the Spiritual Care & Ethical Leadership Series (2022)  

“Political Speech as Hermeneutic” in the inaugural series “Lure of Power: Religion, Politics & Insurrection” (May 2021); Guest on Dr. Sherma Eco-spirituality Module Series (2022)     

Book Chapter

'“Baby Suggs and the Clearing Rock of Ages: Womanist Theoethic of Survival Justice” in Sustainable Societies: Interreligious Interdisciplinary Responses (UK Springer Series: Sophia Studies in Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures (2021 release)   


“Change Agent Teaching for Interreligious Collaboration in Black Lives Matter Times,” (Wiley: Teaching Theology & Religion 23:140-150 (September 2020). doi:10.111/teth.12556   

“Restorative Justice as a Public Theology Imperative,” Special Issue: Seeking the Welfare of the City. (Sage Publishing: Review & Expositor 114:3 (September 2017) doi:10.1177/00346373172104  

“Leading with High Notes of Compassion and Harmonic Chords of Justice,” Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, 38:1 (Spring 2018, ISSN:2325-2847).    

 “Mrs. Lot: Vilified or Victim? Sinner or Salt?” Issue: Biblical Matriarchs. (Sage Publishing: Review & Expositor 115:4, Fall 2018). doi:10.1177/0034637318792858  

“Public Theology: Dilemmas for Embodying the Evangel,” (American Baptist Quarterly: The Church’s Public Witness, 2017 peer-review, 2019 release)  

Sojourners Online Magazine: “Hell You Talmbout: Protest Music Meets the Church in the Streets”  (8-21-2015)  

Sojourners Magazine (printed): “Can You Hear It? Hip-hop, Spoken Word, and the Voice of Prophetic Ethics” (February 2016)  

Sojourners Online Magazine: “Three Years Later, What the Movement Has Learned from Eric Garner” (7-17-2017)   

Panels and Talks

Panel: “Toward Justice, Liberation & Black Theology: Past, Present, & Future,” 2022 King & Faith Virtual Symposium, Stanford University and NorCal MLK Foundation. January 15.  

 Facilitator / Speaker: “Navigating the Ebbs and Flows of Organizational Change” Dec 10, 2021, Association of Theological Schools (ATS), Fall 2021 Virtual Women’s Leadership Summit. Mary Young, Ed Dev. Director  

 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, GTU (November 17, 2021) “Our Pedagogical Charge: Weaving Hope and Justice into the Gossamer-thin Fabric of Religious Democracy.”  

 WSR Chair Lecture (May 2021)  “Urgency for Intersectional Justice: Amplifying Women’s Studies in Religion as a Faith-Driven Pathway”  

 AAR Western Region Panel (March 2021): “Raising the Power of Our Voices in the Public Square: What’s Next?: A Womanist Roundtable” (Moderator/ Organizer)  

Paper: “The Great Revolution,” GTU-Sustainable Societies Conference II, Visions for a Viable Future (March 20, 2021), Session I, Plenary B, Visions for a Viable Tomorrow: The Arc of Justice , GTU-March 2021  

WSR Chair Lecture (June 2020)  “Pedagogical Purpose of My Book – Change Agent Church in Black Lives Matter Times: Urgency for Action”   

 Panel: “Envisioning King’s Beloved Community in Black Lives Matter Times”, NorCal MLK Foundation MLK “The Time for Justice” (Jan 2020)