"So You Want to Talk About Race" Book Group Reading Schedule

Reading Schedule

September 18

(Location: FJCC Library) Introduction, Chapter 1

September 25

(Location: FPC, Parish House) Ch. 2/3

October 2

(Location: FJCC) Ch 4/5

October 9

No meeting for Yom Kippur

October 16

(Location: FPC) Ch 6/7

October 23

(Location: FJCC) Ch 8/9

October 30

(Location: FPC) Ch 10/11

November 6

(Location: FJCC )Ch 12/13

November 13

(Location: FPC) Ch 14/15

November 20

(Location: FJCC) Ch 16/17

Supplementary resources

(All of these are available through the Hunterdon County Library)

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

Invisible Man, Ralph Baldwin

Between the World and Me, Te-Nehisi Coates

Slavery by Another Name, Douglas Blackmon

The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo

Born a Crime, Trevor Noah (parental warning: explicit lyrics!)

"So You Want to Talk About Race" - Week 2

In Chapter 1, "Is it really about race?," The author states: "It is about race if a person of color thinks it is about race. It is about race if it disproportionately or differently affects people of color. It is about race if it fits into a broader pattern of events that disproportionately or differently affect people of color."

After reading the author's explanation of these points, can you think of social or political issues that many people currently believe are not about race, but actually may be?

Which of the above guidelines for understanding when it is about race fit those issues?

August Missions Update

Here is how we’ve been using our resources to put love into action in the world.

YTD August 2019 Grace UCC Mission Spending Description

  • Food (ShopRite) gift cards – $300

  • Modification of a vehicle to improve accessibility for a wheelchair user – $675

  • Pastoral counseling meals – $56.46

  • Medical bill assistance – $514.80

  • Family Promise support – $900

  • Kiva loans – $350

  • Support for Leukemia and Lymphoma research – $150

"So You Want to Talk About Race" - Week 1 of 10

This week we will begin our interfaith book reading and discussion of “So You Want to Talk About Race,” by Ijeoma Oluo.

If you want to participate you still have time to RSVP. You can join the discussion group that will be meeting weekly, or you can read along a home.

If you are attending the discussion group you can purchase the book at the first meeting. If you will be reading along at home, you can order it online (don’t forget to use Amazon Smile so Grace gets a small donation)!

Our at-home readers can follow-along here on the blog, where we will post discussion group questions. You may also submit your own questions to be presented to the group.

Family Promise Volunteer Opportunity

Dear Grace,

Welcome back from the Labor Day Holiday. The summer is officially over. And it is time to get those well rested hands back to work serving our Lord.

Our next opportunity to show our congregational love for others is the Family Promise hosting starting on Sunday (next week).

The Family Promise guests will be at Lebanon Baptist Camp. We supported them at that location back in May. And there is some good news to share. One of the families that we first saw back at that May hosting found an apartment! Many of us bonded closely with the mother, who was a nurse at the women’s prison, her daughter who was attending RVCC, and the mother’s sister. That family moved to an apartment this past weekend and will not be in the Family Promise shelter network now. We will miss our friendly conversations with them, but let the church say “Amen!”

Bill Taylor

Here is the link to volunteer for the hosting slots. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090448aea623a1fe3-family4

Interfaith Racism Book Reading & Discussion Group

The Flemington Presbyterian Church and the Flemington Jewish Community Center have come together to offer a book discussion about racism in America. Here are the details:

The book we’ll be discussing is So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. We’ll be meeting Wednesday mornings 10-11:30 alternating between the FJCC and FPC. First meeting is at the Parish House of FPC on September 11th. Contact either Cindy Hall at FPC or Deborah Kesselhaut at the FJCC (908) 782-6410 to reserve a book for $12, payment due at the first class. It’ll run for 10 weeks but will not be meeting on October 9th as that is Yom Kippur.

Racism remains a difficult topic to discuss. The goal is to provide an opportunity for people to meet and have open, honest conversations about the difficult topics of racism, White privilege, White Supremacy, etc. (My first observation would be if you think White privilege and White supremacy in America is difficult to discuss, you should try facing it every day and worrying about the cumulative effect on your child. But let me not digress.) I have confirmed that this book discussion is open to us. And you don’t have to wait until the first meeting to buy the book. You can get it on your own in advance and start reading if you like (Consider purchasing through Amazon Smile to support Grace UCC).

Some of you might remember the 4 or 5 week discussion conducted by Pastor Dan on Jim Wallis’s book America’s Original Sin. That discussion of American Racism had the advantage that none of us were strangers to each other. We all knew each other well and were very comfortable in a familiar space. This discussion will have the counter advantage of giving us the opportunity to hear how others, who we don’t necessarily know well, think about this topic.

- Bill Taylor

"Light the Night" Lukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraising Event

Jeannette Brown invites you to join her in walking for a cure at “Light the Night” on November 2nd in Mercer County Park.

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Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved ones lost.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and treatments for other types of cancer, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. New targeted therapies that kill cancer cells without harming normal tissue are providing drugs and procedures that are improving quality of life.

In fact, in 2009 alone, LLS researchers were conducting more than 90 clinical trials, a critical step in the development of new treatments and cures that will help patients live better, longer lives.

  • A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.

  • A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.

  • A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

  • A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Join me in bringing light to the darkness of cancer by donating towards my fundraising efforts in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night.