Poet, author, and activist Maya Angleou is often quoted as saying “When you know better, you do better.” The longer and maybe-closer-to-accurate version of that is I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.
If we are to be an anti-racist/pro-reconciling church, that’s how it happens: Each of us takes responsibility for who we are created and called – and have the opportunity – to be.
Recent events (which really are just louder, more frequent, and caught-on-video reminders of historical injustices) have led many of us to say: I didn’t know that. It hadn’t occurred to me. I never noticed. But now we know … it’s starting to occur to us … now we notice. We see. We see that we have work to do as a nation, and that the work starts not just with us, but WITHIN. Welcome to
Reading. Listening. Praying. Confessing. Working on ourselves, in our homes, our offices, and our families, to build – from the inside out – God’s beloved community.
DOING BETTER will start as a book study – an entry point for learning new vocabulary, hearing new-to-us voices, and thinking about our own role in the work of justice.
Wednesdays, July 22 – August 12 ~ 7:00 – 8:30pm
via Zoom (secure link provided) ~ co-led by Anita Wertz & Courtney Richards
RSVP to Anita
Choose/Purchase*/Start reading one of these three entry-point books:
July 22 will be our introduction week, and the following 3 sessions will each have a theme/focus word. Our collective readings of these works will inform our discussion on each week’s theme.
In weeks and months (and more) to come, we envision ‘next level’ book studies; tv/film/interview discussions; invited speakers; collaborative gatherings; connecting with childrens’, youth, and adult ministries; and community impact we’ve yet to imagine.
Join us … in knowing better, and DOING BETTER … toward the justice and thriving of our entire community.
(*Links for purchase are via bookshop.org. Bookshop believes local bookstores are essential to a healthy culture. Bookshop.org allows you to purchase online, support local bookstores, and have a greater share of profit go to publishers and authors in the process. Win/Win!)