Lenten Book Study: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. March 8 – April 5.
Join us for a small group book study during Lent, exploring bias and it’s role in our lives as we read and discuss
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me together. Especially with the emotion that the recent election cycle has caused and in the safety of our church family, it can be easy to believe that, as a progressive Christian community, we have moved past racial bias. But the painful truth is that each of us carries bias due to societal exposure and conditioning. These biases, which we are sometimes not even aware of, affect our behavior and thinking. We have a responsibility to explore our own assumptions about race and how our own words, actions, silence, and lack of action affect others.
We will begin this work together in our study of this book.
You may have already begun this journey in your own heart in recent months. If so, we invite you to join us in going deeper. We will be leveraging a study guide developed by a UCC Church in Gainesville, Florida for this study. We ask that participants are able to join at least 4 of the 5 discussions, if not all, and that all come prepared for open and honest discussion and active listening.
If you are interested in joining, sign up by calling the church office at 973-763-7676
or emailing email@example.com
. If you do not already have the book, copies will be available for a 20% discount through Words Bookstore in Maplewood (simply let the Church Office know that you need to purchase a copy, and one will be ordered for you).
We hope that this reading and discussion will offer the opportunity for self-exploration and increased understanding in a small-group setting. Join us.
Leigh Shultz and Andrea Wren-Hardin