Summer 2020 Anti-Racism Book Study

During the summer 2020 we hosted a Presbytery-wide book study:

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” Arundati Roy

Our anti-racism journey as a Presbytery is one that is both inward and outward. 

We are called to turn inward for confession, lament and prayerful unmasking of ourselves and how we have existed in communities. 

We are called to turn inward as we reflect on how we have been part of the system of white supremacy, participating and benefiting from it corporately and individually. 

We are called to turn outward as we notice how this sinful system has kept our world away from the life-giving and life-saving promises we know in Jesus Christ who we call Teacher and Savior. 

We are called to turn outward as we seek to live as disciples of Jesus who bring truth-telling, healing and participation in the building of the New Creation.  

Please request access to book study materials by contacting us HERE.


Primary Book: The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh 

Watch her Ted Talk Here: TEDTalk

On Bookshop, Amazon or Audible


For those who want to dive deeper: 

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown

On Bookshop or Amazon 

Schedule – All Content will be live by Noon Monday of Each Week

**Note – materials links are password protected. Please register for the book study HERE to get the password.

Week of May 31 Introductions and Explorations Live Conversation at 10AM June 2 via Zoom with Jessica Vazquez-Torres of Crossroads Anti-Racism Training and Organizing about the why behind our summer book group, our anti-racism work as a Presbytery and what our explorations will and can be this summer. Watch the recorded conversation HERE.
Week of June 7 Theme: “Good-ish People” Introduction. Links to Week One materials HERE.
Week of June 14 Theme: Growth Mindset, Stumbling Upwards Chapter 1. Links to Week Two materials HERE.
Week of June 21 Theme: Growth Mindset, One of the “Good Guys” Chapter 2. Links to Week Three materials HERE.
Week of June 28 Theme: Growth Mindset, If you are Not Part of the Problem, You Cannot be Part of the Solution Chapter 3. Links to Week Four materials HERE.
Week of July 5 Theme: Ordinary Privilege, Knowing It When You Don’t See It Chapter 4. Links to Week Five materials HERE.
Week of July 12 Theme: Ordinary Privilege: It’s Power Chapter 5. Links to Week Six materials HERE.
Week of July 19 Theme: Willful Awareness, Keep Your Eyes Open, Anyway Chapter 6. Links to Week Seven materials HERE.
Week of July 26 Theme: Willful Awareness, Look Out for These Four “Good” Intentions Chapter 7. Links to Week Eight materials HERE.
Week of August 2 Theme: Engagement, Be Inclusive Chapter 8. Links to Week Nine materials HERE.
Week of August 9 Theme: Engagement, Steer the Conversation Chapter 9. Links to Week Ten materials HERE.
Week of August 16 Theme: Engagement, Educate and Occasionally Confront Others Chapter 10. Links to Week Eleven materials HERE.
Week of August 23 Theme: Engagement, Show Meaningful Support Chapter 11. Links to Week Twelve materials HERE.
Week of August 30 Closing Up Live Zoom on Learnings

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