Book Study Opportunity
Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Race"
Join Reverend Bill Smith in Discussion:
Race relations have been a source of conflict throughout our country's history. Today the issues dominate the news, challenging each one of us. Will this be a time justice is served and we move forward in a more positive way?
As a starting point I would like to offer a book discussion of
Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Race".
The book is currently being used in many churches to help people see more clearly the role they may play in relating to today's race relations.
If you would like to participate in these discussions, call
Bill Smith at 206-554-1545 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm hoping we can meet as groups of ten. We will meet following appropriate health guidance as set by Greater Northwest Area of UMC. This may mean meeting outdoors on the church grounds or inside the building using appropriate Covid 19 protocols - masks, chairs six feet apart, hand sanitizers, etc. Also, zoom meetings are a potential way to join the study.
From the Publisher...
A Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter from
Sand Point Community United Methodist Church:
"Racism is a systemic problem in this country that must be rooted out and eradicated. For too long, our Sand Point Community United Methodist Church, which is located in a primarily affluent neighborhood, has been blind to the past injustices and the way they continue to shape policies today. We confess that we have been part of the problem, both knowingly and unknowingly.
We now wish to be a part of the solution.
Therefore, we declare that Black Lives Matter. We will work toward the elimination of racism in all its varied forms. We will take action and use our voices to decry injustice and unequal treatment whenever and wherever we see it. We will educate ourselves and others about the evil and insidious nature of racism and white supremacy and seek to expose
and defeat the policies and causes they represent.
Where we find we have been complicit, we will repent and seek forgiveness. We see this as a new day dawning and pledge ourselves to further the cause of racial equality until "...justice rolls down like a river,
and righteousness like a never-failing stream.
We cannot and will not stay silent anymore."