We’re wrapping up our discussion of “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving this week. You are invited to reflect on the questions here, or at our Facebook group, or to join us for a Zoom video chat at 2 p.m. Eastern (US) today.
We commend to you the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s new resource developed to be used with the book, particularly appropriate for groups reading together, which you may find here.
- Irving writes, “Self-examination and the courage to admit to bias and unhelpful inherited behaviors may be our greatest tools for change. Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable enough to expose our ignorance and insecurities takes courage.” (p. 249) What bias or inherited behavior have you noted while reading the book?
- While reading Irving’s book, have you noticed any difference in the way you read/listen to the news?
- What impact would it have on your family’s history if benefits accorded to white people (lending practices, the G.I. Bill are two instances) had been available to everyone equally? To no one?
- Irving’s book was published in 2014. Do you think things have gotten better or worse where race is concerned in the United States?
- What if anything do you feel called to do differently after reading “Waking Up White?” Consider the “Tell Me What to Do” section at the end of the book.
- Any other thoughts or questions? You are welcome to leave a comment.
- The next two books in our discussion series will be:
- Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim, by Sabeeha Rehman (Arcade Publishing, 2016, available in hardcover or for e-readers) – first discussion post on Wednesday, February 1st.
- An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation, by Nyasha Junior (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015, available in paperback or for e-readers) – discussion beginning mid-March.
- We welcome submissions to be published in this Wednesday slot in the coming months on the subject of anti-racism work. We will consider opinion pieces, personal narratives, and stories about effective anti-racism work being done in or by pastors and/or churches. Published pieces should be in the 600-800 word range. Please email Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org with your query.
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