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Book Study on Race in America

Dear St. John’s,

I want to invite you to join me in reading and reflecting on a selection of books on the subject of race in America. My hope is that we (particularly those of us who are white or pass as white) can become more awake to the systemic cycle of racial injustice and prejudice that continues in our country, and the ways we contribute to this cycle, both consciously and subconsciously. This book study is not only intended for those of us who wish to become better allies of the Black Lives Matter movement, but it is also very much an open invitation to those who may have questions on the subject, but wish to enter into an open and honest dialogue with other fellow parishioners on this timely subject.   

Here are the books that I’ll be reading over the next three months, including a date at the end of each for us to gather virtually to discuss and process that month’s book with the help of some guided questions. Click here to register for these discussion groups, and to receive further details.  

Book: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Discussion date: Thursday, July 30,  6:30-8:30 pm

Book: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
Discussion date: Thursday, August 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Book: Waking Up White by Debbie Irving
Discussion date: Monday, September 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

If you are looking for other books to read on this subject, here are some titles to consider:

  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.
  • Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram Kendi.
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander.
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad.
  • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas

If you are looking for other books to read on this subject, click here for a list of additional titles to consider. 

Your fellow pilgrim,

Sari Ateek
Sari Ateek

The Rev. Sari Ateek is the rector of St. John's. One of the many gifts Sari brings to the church is his conversational preaching style.