Parish Summer Book Reads on Racism (and Beyond)

Given the state of affairs in our country with the much needed conversation on race and police brutality we hope as a community to continue to learn how we can be people of change and hope. The Adult Education commission invites you to join in two ways during the coming months.

We are reading three acclaimed books as a community of faith to:

Transform Ourselves
Transform our Community and
Inform Our actions in the Our Communities and Country

  • Kendi, Ibrahim. How to be an Anti-Racist
  • DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility
  • Tatum, Beverly. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

There will be opportunities, once you have chosen and read one of these, to join other parishioners in small group discussions.

(Please know that some of these books are back-ordered and you may have to read a Kindle or an audio book version)

In the fall, we will host a Series on Anti-Racism for small groups to delve deeper in order to address changes in our own awareness, complicity and  new efforts in creating a better and just society.

Our Christian faith calls us to be advocates for holy transformation. Let’s begin with ourselves. Plan to join   your neighbors for honest and hopeful engagements this summer and fall!

There are several ways to join a book discussion!

For How to be an Anti-Racist
Join the St. Mark’s Book Group discussion led by Debie Thomas on
July 16 (Thursday), 7:30PM

Parish Wide How to be an Anti-Racist meetings:
Join the Social and Racial Book Group discussion over 4 Mondays in July and August
Monday, July 20, 2020 7:30-9PM – Introduction to Chapter 4 (Led by Rebecca Lyman)
Monday, July 27, 2020 7:30-9PM – Chapters 5 to 8 (Led by Diane Guinta)
Monday, August 3, 2020 7:30-9PM – Chapters 9 to 13 (Led by Beth Kawasaki)
Monday, August 10, 2020 7:30-9PM
Chapters 14-18 (Led by Andrew Bridges)

For Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
Join discussions led by Tom Schnaubelt on
August 6th (Thursday) and August 12th (Wednesday), 7:00PM

For White Fragility
Join the St. Mark’s Book Group discussion led by Debie Thomas on
August 20 (Thursday), 7:30PM

To join us and receive the Zoom link for any of these meetings, please email us:

Or…Join your St. Mark’s Neighborhood Companion Group in a discussion.  Please check with your group to see if there is interest in any of the books!