Trinity is expanding its resources so parishioners can learn more and reflect on racism in their own lives and in U.S. society. The following books are available to borrow.
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
by Debbie Irving
Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America
by Jennifer Harvey
For families, churches, educators, and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions. For white people who are committed to equity and justice, living in a nation that remains racially unjust and deeply segregated creates unique conundrums.
Better: Waking Up to Who We Could Be
by Melvin Bray
What if the world we have-with its racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, religious hatred, ecological disregard-is exactly the world we have spun into existence through the stories we have told? Melvin Bray insists that a better world is possible if the stories around which we organize our lives begin to match the beauty we imagine is possible. Bray puts forth his own daring yet faithful reimaginings of classic faith stories that inspire more beautiful, more just, more virtue-filled ways of being in the world.
Living into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America
edited by Dr. Catherine Meeks
This book is a report from the front, combining personal stories and theoretical and theological reflection with examples of the work of dismantling racism and methods for creating the much-needed “safe space” for dialogue on race to occur.
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
by Michael Eric Dyson
As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice soars above the rest with conviction and compassion. In his 2016 New York Times op-ed piece "Death in Black and White," Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop―a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.
On Sunday February 10th we began a conversation about how to move toward becoming a Beloved Community and fight the sin of racism in our lives and in the world. This conversation is happening throughout the state as the Episcopal Church in Connecticut launches its Season of Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation. We watched a video of Dr. Catherine Meeks who has launched the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta. Then we discussed three questions: 1). What is Jesus saying and calling you to do or to be, with regard to racial reconciliation, healing, and justice? 2). How might our churches and institutions respond to this call collectively? 3). What would help you or your church take the next steps around racial reconciliation, healing, and justice?
After talking in pairs and at our tables, we came together as a group to answer question 3. The help we need is: