Connectional Ministries is excited to announce the launch of an online Book Club for clergy and laity. Throughout the year, staff will choose books for participants to read together and engage in conversations around specific topics with discussion leaders. The leaders will invite participants to a private Facebook group to take a deeper dive throughout the week with discussion questions, food for thought, and resources. Once a week, there will be an hour-long Zoom video chat about the book with large group discussion as well as smaller breakout groups to allow for deeper conversation and learning together.
The first book OCM dove into was How to Be an Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi. Discussion leaders were Allison Lindsey, director of Connectional Ministries, and Rev. Andrew (Drew) Young, pastor of Mosaic Church in Savannah.
Each Tuesday March 2 - April 6 | 6:30-7:30pm
Meeting 1: March 2 Introductions & Chapter 1-2
Meeting 2: March 9 Chapter 3-5
Meeting 3: March 16 Chapter 6-8
Meeting 4: March 23 Chapter 9-11
Meeting 5: March 30 Chapter 16-18
Meeting 6: April 6 Next Steps
*Possible bonus meeting for Chapters 12-15
Get the most out of this time by:
Leaning into the Covenant for Discussion (below)
Ordering the book: How to Be an Anti-racist: Ibram X. Kendi
Journal: Be Anti-Racist (optional)
Blank Journal for personal reflection/questions
Our hopes and goals for this study:
Covenant for Discussion (Courtesy of Race to the Table SC):
Try On: Be open-minded to others’ ideas and feelings, even when they are very different from yours.
It’s OK to disagree. While we have many similarities, it’s OK to acknowledge our different perspectives.
Learn to respond to others with honest, open answers instead of counsel, corrections or attack. Make your conversation goal to listen and share, not to change people’s minds.
Speak your truth in ways that respect other people’s truths. Our views of reality may differ. Use “I” statements (I think, I feel, I believe, trusting others to do their own sifting.
Practice “both/and” thinking. This invites us to see that more than one reality or perspective can be true at the same time, rather than either/or, right or wrong, good or bad.
Observe deep confidentiality. Agree that nothing said in this conversation of trust will be repeated by others.
Preparing for the journey:
Hear from the author Ibram X. Kendi in his Ted Talk presentation recorded in 2020:
The difference between not racist and anti-racist: There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love. (This virtual interview, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers and speaker development curator Cloe Shasha, was recorded June 9, 2020.)
Watch the Ted Talk here (51 minutes)