Dear Friends in Christ...there is a wonderful children’s book by Desmond Tutu entitled God’s Dream. In the centerfold of the book, there is a lovely illustration of children of various races joining hands in the shape of a heart.
The caption reads: “Each of us carries a piece of God’s heart within us. And when we love one another, the pieces of God’s heart are made whole.”
Loving one another in spite of our differences will be one of the topics at our May Presbytery meeting. This meeting will include a time to discuss the book “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.” This is a follow up by our presbytery of our General Assembly Co-Moderator Jan Edmonton's recommendation of this book to the entire denomination. I will give an introduction to the book and the topic of White Privilege, after which we will have several discussion groups.
I encourage all members of the presbytery to read this book, if you haven’t done so already. It is available through Amazon, and through your public library. It is also available in audio form (for free) on Hoopla - also through your library.
Here's a little bit about the book -
Debby Irving's Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race is, at least in part, a memoir, so readers may be surprised when she says, “I really don't want the book to be about me. I want it to be about my message.” The book uses Irving's experience of being a white woman coming to terms with the complexity of racism in the United States and her own perceptions as a lens to explore the role white allies can play in racial justice work.
- from an interview by Sarah Rettger in 2014
Even if you aren’t able to read the book, I think you will find the discussion meaningful as we continue to explore what it means to be the church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century. If you are unable to attend the May Presbytery meeting, by all means take a look at the book. It will challenge you in new ways as you journey on your own path of discipleship.
In the meantime, I pray that you are finding ways to celebrate the wonder of resurrection in this post-Easter season, as the world explodes with color and life. May the living Christ give you the grace you need to face each new day.
Yours in Christ,
Mary Jane Saunders