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SPCC Book Study
The Christian Education Committee of SPCC offers four Study groups per year; we cover a variety of topics that range from social justice issues such as racism, to finding hope in difficult situations. While we sometimes have ‘difficult’ conversations around issues like racism and candid discussions about the Jim Crow era and the Great Migration, we are careful to create a safe space for all participates.
For those that need a little break from what some would call “heavy” subject matter we are a group that believes in balance and fun! For example even when we explored the topic of finding hope in difficult situations, we did so from the point of view of Ann Lamott, who sprinkles in her own brand of humor.
Since we began this group in the Fall of 2020, we have explored, learned about and discussed the Jim Crow Era and the Great Migration with the help of Isabel Wilkerson and her book, The Warmth of Other Suns, The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration; finding hope in difficult situations with the help of Anne Lamott and her book, Almost Everything, Notes on Hope, and dismantling racism with the help of Carol B. Helsel and her book, Anxious to Talk About It Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism.
The Christian Education Committee is currently working on plans for the next three book studies for 2021. We currently meet via “Zoom” for all of our book studies, and will be posting information about those studies and how you can join us here soon. You do not have to be a member of SouthPark Christian Church or any other in order to participate.
Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times
"As the descendant of slaves and the son of a civil rights activist, Bishop Michael Curry’s life illustrates massive changes in our times. Much of the world met Bishop Curry when he delivered his sermon on the redemptive power of love at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. Here, he expands on his message of hope in an inspirational road map for living the way of love, illuminated with moving lessons from his own life. Through the prism of his faith, ancestry, and personal journey, Love Is the Way shows us how America came this far and, more important, how to go a whole lot further."
Anxious to Talk About It
"If talking about racism makes you anxious, afraid, or even angry, you're not alone. In Anxious to Talk about It, pastor and professor Carolyn B. Helsel draws on her success with white congregations to offer insight and tools to embrace, explore and work through the anxious feelings that often arise in these hard conversations. Through powerful personal stories, new observations on racial identity development, and spiritual practices to help engage issues of racial justice prayerfully, you'll gain a deeper understanding of race in America and your place in it."
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
"In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward."
The Warmth of Other Suns
"From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves."