Our church’s 2019 commitment to be a racial justice church was intended as an aspirational call. We know we are not yet fully conscious of and acting against racism in our church and in our world. With our 2019 vote, we were calling ourselves in to the necessary learning and doing. Indeed, it does require learning because the tricky part for our predominantly white and well-intentioned congregation is that the pernicious nature of racism is so often subtle and subconscious for white people. Our intent is good, but our awareness and impact is not as good.
So You Want to Talk About Race? by Seattle-area author Ijeoma Oluo is an accessible “on-ramp” for our needed learning. If the conversation on race is daunting for you or you don’t know where to begin, this is your opportunity to step in and begin. If you have begun, this is your chance to engage with your fellow church folk. Coming in October, we are inviting the whole church to read, reflect, and discuss this book.
There will be multiple ways to get a copy of the book—the Seattle Public Library has unlimited availability of the ebook and audio book, if you want to get started.
Stay tuned for more details.