The Making of a Racist
Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 PM

Join us online for a conversation with Professor Charles Dew, Professor of American History at Williams College and author of The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade, as he shares his life of studying the power of white identity in shaping our beliefs and our actions in the world. If you would like to read the book it is available at The Bookloft.
Join via Zoom

or call in at +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 833 1910 8059
Passcode: 719125

Racial Justice Reading Circle

As our country again wrestles with the sin of Racism, we at St. Paul’s are committed to listening to the voices of people of color. Our first step in that journey is to read some of the many excellent books that illuminate the experiences of people of color.

With the help of parishioner and librarian Patty Melville, we are providing several reading lists here. Our challenge to you is to read one or more of these books that you have not already read, and then to share a little of what you learned.

Friday, July 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
We will gather together in the church yard to share the books we’ve read and engage in conversation (Rain date July 31). You are asked to bring your own chair, and whatever beverage and snack you’d like (sorry, we can’t share these items just now), as well as your book and pen and paper to take notes on what you’d like to read next! Questions? Ask Father Sam or Patty.

A word from the librarian (Patty Melville)…
At the moment, reading list after list is popping up on-line.  These are just a few of what have been coming up.  The lists are well done, provide a wide variety of material, have many cross-overs, and are annotated.  There IS something for everyone.  If you find something off the list?  Go for it and share… I’m about to finish Beloved, by Toni Morrison (may be one of the toughest books I’ve tackled in isolation),  want to delve into Ta-Nehisi Coates’ work, am intrigued by Ibram X. Kendi’s  writings and influence on the genre, and plan on icing it all with some Langston Hughes poetry.

A Selection of Basic Books on Race & Being White in America for Episcopalians June 2020

Marguerite Ward. “18 books on race and white privilege that will show you what’s really happening in America right now.” Business Insider, June 11, 2020, https://www.businessinsider.com/books-white-privilege-novels-racism-antiracism-black-scholars-2020-6.

Elizabeth A. Harris. “People Are Marching Against Racism. They’re Also Reading About It.” The New York Times, June 10, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/05/books/antiracism-books-race-racism.html?ref=oembed.

Isabella Rosario. “This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea“. NPR, June 6, 2020, https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/06/871023438/this-list-of-books-films-and-podcasts-about-racism-is-a-start-not-a-panacea.

“Anti-Racist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi.” Chicago Public Library, https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/204842963/1357692923.

Ibram X. Kendi. “An Antiracist Reading List.” The New York Times, May 29, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html?ref=oembed.


Weekly Bible Study
The End of the World or Heaven on Earth
: An In-Depth Look at the Book of Revelation
Six Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, June 2 – July 7. 

How can we see the Book of Revelation, not as a road map to the end of time, but as a way of finding God in apocalyptic times? This six-week journey, team-taught by Father Sam and The Rev. Janet Zimmerman of Grace Church, will focus on how we should understand this vivid account of Christ’s second coming as a book of hope. Sessions will include a survey of works of visual art, music, and film-making that draw from this, the last book in our Biblical canon. Each session will be followed by a simple compline service. All are welcome to join us!

Click here to join us Tuesdays through July 7th.
Dial-in at 646-558-8656; Meeting ID 753 016 518


The Rev. Pam Mott Hosts a Missional Book Study

Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World,
by Gil Rendle
A Four week ZOOM Exploration
Thursdays at 1-2:15 pm
July 16, 23, 30, August 6

Leave yourself time to order the book!

(the number of participants will be limited to make it easier for a ZOOM discussion)

The title says it all! We live in a changing world and, while this was written before our current pandemic situation, it is an exploration of the quiet courage God is calling forth from us in these times and as we emerge into a new church context. Join us for a conversation about assumptions that have shaped the church but no longer hold, about the temptations that keep us from moving forward with courage and about how we might move forward.

Two links to order a copy of the book:
From Amazon
From Barnes and Noble

Please note: email The Rev. Pam Mott, pmott@diocesewma.org, if you are interested by July 5, and she will send a ZOOM link!



Friday Lectionary Study Group – 12:00 p.m.
Led by the members of St. John’s Williamstown
Get more out of Sunday morning by getting a sneak peek at the upcoming readings. Every Friday, we read through the upcoming readings and reflect on how God is speaking to us today. Please contact Mary Lovvorn to receive an invitation.