Justice and Peace Formation
In the fall of 2018, the US Bishops published a pastoral letter on the sin of racism in our country, saying in that document that “racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart." The bishops spoke about individual racism and systemic racism being part of the story. It is the latter version of racism that many of us are waking up to in new and challenging ways over the last weeks.
There are films to watch, books to read, news programs to engage in, podcasts to listen to, people to be in dialogue with, and more. It can be overwhelming and confusing to take it all in, but it also can be an enlightening time, one where we grow in faith, hope, and love and in our commitment to justice and peace.
What we are proposing are two dates in August where we can gather virtually via Zoom to discuss some of what we learning through our reading and watching.
*** These books and films have not been officially approved by the Catholic Church for content. We are inviting the community to read them in light of the gospel (and Catholic Social Teaching) and come for a facilitated conversation about their content.
Book Discussion: August 10th, 7pm-8:30pm
Read one or more of the following books and come ready to discuss what moved you, challenged you, made you think twice? What did you learn? How are you feeling now? How did it inspire you to work towards dismantling the sin of racism racism?
- Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: Story of Justice and Redemption
- Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
- Bryan Massingale, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church
- Debby Irving, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race
- Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Film Discussion: August 20th, 7pm-8:30pm
Watch one or more of the following films and come ready to discuss what moved you, challenged you, made you think twice? What did you learn? How are you feeling now? How did it inspire you to work towards dismantling the sin of racism racism?
- Just Mercy
- The Hate U Give
- I am Not Your Negro
- The Best of Enemies
If you have any questions, contact Trevor Thompson, [email protected]
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