During the 2017-2018 program year, First Church will engage the issue of white privilege and racism through a series of book discussions and films. The purpose of these events is to bring to our awareness the reality of people of color in the United States. We approach this discussion humbly and with a deep desire to see, understand, and act as allies.
These are not opportunities to debate the reality of white privilege or racism but to listen to the stories of our friends whose experience life in a way that we, as a white congregation, do not understand.
We trust that God will work among us so that we "do not conform ourselves to the spirit of this age, but are transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we may discern the will of God--what is good, acceptable, and perfect." (Romans 12)
The first step was a discussion of the slim volume by Ta-Nehisi Coates entitled Between the World and Me . The second step is reading and discussing the book White LIke Me by Tim Wise.
If you want to join the conversation about White Like Me on November 12 at 12 noon please register below. Please bring a lunch and enter through the door off the back parking lot.
May God, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion.
Pastor Mark Suriano