Follow up to “Just Mercy” Movie and Black History Month Resources


Just Mercy Discussion Guide

original blog post by Dominique Gilliard can be found at


Just Mercy is a must-see film! It will move you to tears, and prayerfully compel you to act. The film is based upon the New York Times bestselling book. It revolves around the faith-rooted activism of Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan) and the creation of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Just Mercy recounts the tragic story of Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx). McMillian, nicknamed Johnny D., an African American who owned a lumber company in a small Alabama town, was framed for the murdering of Ronda Morrison—an eighteen-year-old white girl.

Stevenson writes, “We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated. An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, a nation. Fear and anger can make us vindictive and abusive, unjust and unfair until we all suffer from the absence of mercy and we condemn ourselves as much as we victimize others. The closer we get to mass incarceration and extreme levels of punishment, the more I believe it’s necessary to recognize that we all need mercy, we all need justice, and-perhaps-we all need some measure of unmerited grace.” We have the power to help transform our broken criminal justice system.

Learn more about how from the film and this movie discussion guide Just Mercy film questions.


Black History Month Reading List – The Evangelical Covenant Church

Love Mercy Do Justice, The Evangelical Covenant Church

February is Black History Month, a time to learn, celebrate, and pay tribute to the generations of Black Americans who have struggled, and continue to struggle, sacrifice, and give their lives to make our nation a more just and equitable place for all.

This month also provides us with an opportunity to begin practicing “the 6th P” of the 6-Fold test—Practicing Solidarity. Practicing Solidarity asks us to consider two fundamental questions:

  • In what ways are we standing with and advocating for the Multiethnic Mosaic?
  • How are we sharing in the suffering of others on both an individual and communal level?

We invite you to share this non-comprehensive reading list with your congregations, created by Dominique Gilliard, LMDJ Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation, to learn how we can more faithfully rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.

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