9 Gathering Book Discussion

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - Tuesday, August 3, 2021

It has been just over a year since the murder of George Floyd sent this country, and many parts of the world, into deep despair. It was a time of introspection and reflection for many of us. Many felt called to protest. Many felt angry and frustrated. Many felt indifferent. Many felt called to action. Some of us felt compelled to educate ourselves and better understand why this continues to happen. 

So, in July of 2020, a few members of the 9:00 Gathering Worship Team decided complacency and indifference were no longer acceptable and we gathered on Zoom and started reading, sharing, and challenging each other to do better. 

We started with Latasha Morrison's "Be the Bridge” and have grown in our understanding of racism as we worked our way through Oluo's "So You Wanna Talk About Race", "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander, and most recently, "I'm Still Here (Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness" by Austin Channing Brown. 

If the events of May 25, 2020, caused you to pause and question, we'd like to invite you to join us this summer as we dive deeper with a selection of fiction, Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half and A Peculiar Indifference by Elliott Currie who writes on the neglected toll of violence on Black America.

All are welcome, wherever you are, as we will continue on a Zoom platform with members signing in from several different states. The group ranges in age from 24-85, and all voices are acknowledged and heard. The format is casual and starts each week with a brief update on current events, relevant podcasts, news stories, legislation, updates from our own Commission on Race and Religion, and personal acts for change before diving into the weekly reading assignment.

The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. If you’re interested, order or reserve your books now.

We will begin with the Introduction of A Peculiar Indifference on Tuesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m..

Please join us as collectively we learn, discuss and discern what Jesus would have us do to fight systems of inequality and oppression.

Contact Lynn Leitzen (lynn.leitzen@peopleofgrace.org) for more information or to be added to the group roster.