Racism: Something You Can Do Right Now
                                    BOOK STUDY AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

 Our fellow Christians at Peace Lutheran Church, are entering into a year-long study under the leadership of Pastor Nate Sutton.  We have been invited to join them on this journey. 

 The foundation for this study is the book, Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. This book is recommended for study by both the Vice-Moderator of Olympia Presbytery and the Vice-Moderator of the General Assembly, PC(USA).  The Peace Lutheran Church plan is to read a chapter a week.  Readers are encouraged to find one or two partners to share thoughts and feelings with each week.  And, to join in one or more of the discussion groups led by members of the Peace Congregation.   If you are interested or have questions, please contact Pastor Sue Watkins or ErrolLynne Marsh.  The book may be ordered at Amazon for $17.23 (paperback) and $ 8.69 (Kindle).  We hope you will take on this opportunity.

Pastor Nate’s Invitation in The Clarion (Peace Lutheran Church Newsletter):

 From Pastor’s Desk…               September 2017

 Finding Ourselves in the Story of Race

 “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

 “A spacious and undefended heart finds room for everything you are and carves enough space for everyone else.” – Father Gregory Boyles

 This year, our weekly congregation-wide devotional study and conversation will center on Debby Irving’s

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race


 Bishop Gene Robinson calls the book “a personal and moving adventure, and… a compelling invitation to learn.”

Although Irving’s memoir does not consist of explicitly Christian material, her reflections speak to a fundamentally spiritual matter. Race and relationship are at the heart of what it means to be a person of Christian faith in the United States.

 “I’m not racist,” you may be thinking, “so what do I have to gain from a year-long study of a book about race?” Irving’s voyage of self-discovery, thoroughly detailed, explores the complexities of race and racism in our country’s history as well as our own individual socialization. Her reflections are thought-provoking, often challenging, and ultimately inspiring. Since racism is a lasting wound in our country, it is imperative that earnest people make strides toward healing. It’s a matter of faith and love. My prayer is that Irving’s book will invite us into deeper self-reflection and solidarity with our neighbors on the margins.


So, will you make a commitment to read, reflect, and participate?

Beginning the week of September 17th, we will read one short chapter per week. A variety of members of Peace will lead discussion groups about the reading throughout the year, giving us an opportunity to process our thoughts and encourage each other.


Pastor Nate’s Assignment:

 Introduction to _Waking Up White_ (pp.xi-xiv).

 “No one alive today created this mess, but everyone alive today has the power to work on undoing it. Four hundred years since its inception, American racism is all twisted up in our cultural fabric. But there’s a loophole: people are not born racist. Racism is taught, and racism is learned. Understanding how and why our beliefs developed along racial lines holds the promise of healing, liberation, and the unleashing of America’s vast human potential” (p.xiii).

 In the coming weeks, Peace Lutheran Church’s Pastor Nate encourages you to find a devotional partner or two and make a commitment together to keep up with the reading (one short chapter per week).

 Find a time at least once a month to check in. Make a coffee date, have lunch after church, or pick up the phone and discuss your thoughts and challenges. Keep your eyes out for discussion groups, scheduled intermittently throughout the fall, that you might like to join. And, pray for each other and for the congregation as we journey together.

The Lord bless you and keep you on the Way!


The discussion group schedule:


Groups meet at Peace Lutheran Church unless otherwise noted

Monday/Wednesday groups 7-8PM

Saturday groups 10-11AM

Sunday groups 2-3PM

Wednesday, 10/4

Wednesday, 10/11

Saturday, 10/28

Monday, 11/6

Sunday, 11/12

Wednesday, 11/29

Saturday, 12/2

Wednesday, 12/6

Sunday, 12/10