You are cordially invited to a Congregation-Wide Book Club Series
Read. Connect. Engage.
October 14th – October 28th – November 18th – December 2nd
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
At the end of June, our PCCT pastors sent an email inviting members to join together to be part of the emerging national conversation around issues of prejudice, injustice, and systemic racism. A dozen members came together via Zoom for a series of initial conversations around race, and to help forge a path for our congregation to be more involved in God’s work of racial equity. This initial group listened to voices from people of color who were speaking out to share personal stories, reflected and shared with each other, and also spoke with other groups outside PCCT. Some of those ideas and resources included Presbyterian Week in Action, the Presbyterian Outlook webinar “Holy Imagination + Race: How the Church Can Be a Healing Force in America’s Racial Divide”, and beginning conversations with other congregations in the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. The group was not sure where all of this conversation might lead, but with the nudging of God’s spirit, there were several ideas that they wanted to bring back to the entire congregation – the first is the launch of a congregation-wide book club.
The group felt it was important to listen to the words of people of color, and were moved by the journey described in the first book selection: How to Be an AntiRacist, by Ibram X. Kendi. He eloquently chronicles his own path as a Black man from being a racist to an anti-racist, and explores what unpacking systemic racism looks like from a policy and mindset shift.
The first book selection is How to Be an AntiRacist, by Ibram X. Kendi.
“By not running from books that pain us, we can allow them to transform us. I ran from anti-racist books most of my life, but now I can’t stop running after them, scrutinizing myself and my society, and in the process, changing both.” – Ibram X. Kendi.
Some details about how the Book Club Series will work.
- All meetings will be via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to all who register. If you’d prefer to register through the church office please send an email or call 973-635-2340.
- All are invited to attend – whether you read the book or not, whether you want to speak or just listen.
- You can come to all or any of the sessions – even if you miss the beginning ones, you are welcome at later sessions.
- The book is available on Barnes and Noble, or you may choose to purchase it via local independently owned bookstores. Several lending copies are available from the church as well; please contact the church office should you wish to borrow one.
Please save these Wednesday evenings for discussion, each beginning at 7:30 p.m. and ending at approximately 8:45 p.m. Each session will be led by a member of the initial conversation team and will focus discussion around specific chapters. Should you have any questions, please contact the church office.
October 14 – Introduction through Chapter 4
October 28 – Chapters 5 – 8
November 18 – Chapters 9 – 13
December 2 – Chapters 14 to end