Lenten Book Study & Sermon Series: Waking Up White, by Debbie Irving
“In a broken and fearful world, the Spirit gives us courage to…unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.” ~A Brief Statement of Faith, PC(USA)
As I have been meeting with members of this community, I have heard over and over again “we need to talk about race.” Read the newspaper, or scroll your news feed, and the call for the church to dismantle racism in our midst seems to jump out over and over again. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless, to find ourselves wondering, “where do we start?”
In 2016, Rev. Denise Anderson and Rev. Jan Edmiston, the Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly invited our entire denomination to read and discuss Waking Up White, as a way for our majority white denomination to “get comfortable being uncomfortable,” so that “we can learn and change and love each other better,” (Rev. Denise Anderson & Rev. Jan Edmiston).
Lent is the perfect time to undertake this difficult work. Lent is a time where we risk admitting that we are not perfect, and that even with our best intentions and educations, we are a part of systems that hurt other people, often without even realizing it. It is into this struggle that Jesus comes and invites us to to be a part of The Holy Spirit’s work of making all things new.
This Lent, come join us this as we discuss Waking Up White on Wednesday nights. We will gather each Wednesday to eat a simple meal, and engage in a unique process known as mutual invitation to build community and provide space for all those who wish to be heard.
Lenten Study Schedule
Please read the entire book before the first session.
A Simple Supper of bread and soup each week at 6:30 pm, and Conversations will begin each week at 7:00 pm.
February 21st Session 1: Setting the Norms and Writing your Racial Autobiography
February 28th Session 2: Sharing our Racial Autobiographies
March 7th Session 3: What is Race?
March 14th Session 4: “Internal Processor Week: Journaling Waking Up White”
March 21st Session 5: What is Racism?
March 28th: Holy Wednesday Session 6: Where do we go from Here?
Peace be with you,
Rev. David Norse