In the post-Charlottesville letter from Bishop Gutierrez that we discussed during adult formation last Sunday, he recommended four books that can serve our collective education, understanding, and awareness of race in America. As an action step coming out of our dialogue on Sunday, we will be hosting “book clubs” to learn from these books.
Our hope is that these book clubs will help us develop a common point of reference, mutual trust, and an opportunity to learn as we collectively reckon with how our church will respond to issues of racial justice. Since we can’t be expected to discuss tough issues without sugar, there will be plenty of refreshments!
We will begin by reading the 2015 National Book Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize Finalist “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This book will be discussed Mondays, October 2 and 16, at 7 pm in the Historic Church, facilitated by Shannon Mannon. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Come to the Oct. 2 session having read up to page 71 (end of part I).
If you are interested in participating in future book clubs and prefer to meet during the day rather than in the evenings, please email Shannon.