Lenten Book Study

February 9th, 2018 by Brett Gaspers

For a study and focus for our spiritual journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter, Father Mark has chosen a book* which is about social concern and also personal conversion.. We can meet together to discuss this book in several ways. Starting Feb 18th, Father Mark will be at church at 8:45am Sundays and those who wish can gather for a 35 minute sharing and conversation. For many this may not be a convenient time. On March 11th, Father Mark will also lead an after-church session, from 10:45 until 12 noon.

The book is *America’s Original Sin: Race, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis. You can find this book to buy on Amazon, and Father Mark will purchase copies for our church library which you may also borrow.

Jim Wallis is a Christian social critic and activist, a founder of Sojourners magazine. He has written and advocated on behalf of  a Christian vision of a just society for over 50 years. Here is a review and comment on the book.

“America’s problem with race has deep roots, with the country’s foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation’s original sin.

“It’s time we right this unacceptable wrong,” says bestselling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Yet as recent tragedies confirm, we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism. The old patterns of white privilege are colliding with the changing demographics of a diverse nation. The church has been slow to respond, and Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour of the week.

In America’s Original Sin, Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians–particularly white Christians–urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing.

Whenever divided cultures and gridlocked power structures fail to end systemic sin, faith communities can help lead the way to grassroots change. Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, this book shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America, galvanizing a movement to cross the bridge to a multiracial church and a new America.”

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