The Lenten season is set aside each year for us to meditate on the things that it’s a lot easier to ignore or put off. We do so just before Easter, knowing that no matter the faults we face — hope, reconciliation and redemption always have the final word in our story.
This Lenten season we are taking a hard look at the effects of racism our society has been forced to deal with once again. Many call it America’s original sin. More specifically, we will look at our own lives and history and how one of the basics of our faith — that we are inherently good and inherently flawed — can help us to talk about and confess sins like racism while clinging to the restorative hope and justice we all long for and share in Christ.
To accompany our sermon series, our congregation is reading Robin Diangelo’s book, White Fragility, which explores the counterproductive reactions white people often have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. We will gather for a community conversation to discuss the book on Sunday, March 31, following the 10:15 a.m. service. In addition, our 20s/30s/40s Group Sunday Sunday school class and Open Book Discussion group are reading and discussing the book. The 20s/30s/40s group meets on Sundays from 9-10 a.m. in Room 318. Open Book Discussion will meet on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. for its conversation on the book.
Resources from Abhi Dutt’s 3/17 Sermon
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack – Peggy McIntosh
Internalized Racial Superiority as Illness – Gail Golden
Racial Identity Caucusing for Internalized Racial Superiority/Inferiority – crossroadsantiracism.org