White Learning Circle
Invitation from the Berkshire County NAACP to Join a White Learning Circle
NAACP Berkshire County, reminding us that the most important step white people can take on the journey to live as an anti-racist is to become well versed in the history of racism, is organizing a White Learning Circle to facilitate and support this learning. The group will explore the history of Black and other marginalized people in the U.S., the systems of oppression at work in our country, unconscious biases, and how to combat white supremacy. The group will begin this October, meeting on Zoom for 90 minutes every other Sunday afternoon. For more information, and to learn how to participate, go to the White Learning Circle Invitation on our website.
Our Next Adult Study
Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, on Zoom – beginning September 29
Please read the introduction and chapter 1 in preparation for the first session.
Dr. Amy Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, has built her career on helping Christians understand the Jewish context of Jesus’ life and ministry. Her newest book, Sermon on the Mount, is a readable and thought-provoking look at these fundamental teachings from Matthew’s gospel. Father Sam will use this book (available in paperback or for the Kindle) as the guide to our six-week study, in partnership with the folks of Grace Church of Great Barrington and Christ Trinity Church of Sheffield. Beginning September 29, we will gather on the Zoom platform on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm. Questions? Ask Father Sam.
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.
Stay Tuned for Our Next Racial Justice Reading Circle
Friday, August 21, 6:30-8:00 pm
Our first gathering to discuss issues of race and our congregation’s response was such a success that the group in attendance decided to gather again. We will do so on the parish house playground (less noisy than the church yard!), with a rain date of Saturday, August 22. We will begin with a discussion of the article “I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege. So I Asked,” from the New York Times Sunday Magazine (access it at https://nyti.ms/2JPAsTh, or download a PDF of the article here), which we ask you to read beforehand.
To facilitate our safe gathering, please follow the protocols provided here, with the exception that, instead of a prayer book or a leaflet, you should bring pen and paper to take notes as desired and whatever beverage and snack you’d like (sorry, we can’t share these items just now). As with services, we will let you know through email and our website if we need to move the gathering to the rain date.
Questions? Ask Father Sam (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Racial Justice Reading Lists
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.
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.