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)
May God, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion.
Pastor Mark Suriano
Suggested resources for understanding White Privilege and Racism:
Books we have discussed:
Book One: "Between the World and Me" by Ta Nehesi Coates
Book Two: "White Like Me" by Tim Wise
Book Three: "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America" by Michael Eric Dyson
"I Am Not Your Negro" based on the writing of James Baldwin
"Get Out" by Jordan Peele
"Black Panther" based on the Marvel Comic Book
"Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult
"Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison