Be The Bridge - A Study on Racism
Tuesdays beginning January 19, 2021
7 - 8:30 Via Zoom
Be the Bridge Book Study page with questions and resources. Click here.
Be the Bridge Room Leaders wanted. Learn more here.
A follow-up to Crossroads study based on The Color of Compromise, join us for another online book study around the issue of racism. We’ll be using the book, Be the Bridge.
“Tasha Morrison gives us much needed guidance in this book on how to explore the tough dynamics of race, identity, and culture that doesn’t focus on simple, shallow solutions but helps us see in profound ways how we can transform ourselves and thus our communities in the way we act and think about race. Tasha masterfully weaves together her personal stories and experiences with history to make us aware of the human impact of racism—and then gives us the tools to respond. Tackling issues of race can seem daunting and overwhelming, but by providing us practical steps to engage laced in grace, truth, and mutuality, Tasha meets us where we are and helps us become better-formed disciples of Jesus to pursue a more holistic vision of the Good News for all people.”—Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief"
Reflection Questions and Additional Resources:
- Introduce yourself and what brought you to this book study?
- What are your expectations for this book study?
- Why do we sometimes suppress the truth? What motivation might be at work when we avoid engaging with truth?
- Why is it important to be familiar with historical events?
- Discuss some ways we can become more aware of our racial history?
- Discuss the value of acknowledgement, empathy and lament for you personally.
The recording for Week 3 can be viewed here.
- Do you agree that as Christians, we bear a burden of guilt for the collective sins of our nation?
- Have you ever been ashamed on behalf of someone else's sin?
The recording for Week 4 can be viewed here.
- How has your heart been transformed since we've started this book study?
- What impact have you had on anyone else (in your immediate or not-so-immediate environment) since you started this book?
- Might you identify individuals or circumstances through whom/which you may impact others as a result of your involvement in this process?
The recording for Week 5 can be viewed here.
- How do you forgive when those you are trying to forgive continuously hurt you? What does it mean to have a “permanent attitude” of forgiveness in this situation, rather than the “occasional act”?
- How do you forgive yourself? What do you personally need to be forgiven for?
The recording for Week 6 can be viewed here.
- When you read MLK’s letter from the Birmingham jail or listen to “Whitey on the Moon”, it’s hard to see how the church has made substantial change regarding repentance and action. What are 3 things your house of worship could do towards racial justice?
- Keeping in mind that our chapter is Facing Oppression, Facing God, identify one thing that you will do that would be a concrete step towards reconciliation of the church, or yourself towards racial and social justice that will continue after this study.
The recording for Week 7 can be viewed here.
Group discussion question: "What does it look like to make reparations?"
The recording for Week 8 can be viewed here.
- Think of five or more “aha” moments, during this study or before, that have changed your thinking about being a bridge, being antiracist?
- Think about and be ready to discuss what your faith requires you to do related to being a bridge for racial reconciliation?
The recording for Week 9 can be viewed here.
- Are you heartbroken by the racial divide in your country, city, church or family?
- Do you want the church to demonstrate God's heart for all people/groups to the world? If so, think of 5-10 people you think would be interested in working on racial reconciliation and if you could start a BTB or BTB-like small discussion group, or join another organization that does racial reconciliation work.
- Also think of other ways you can support efforts toward racial reconciliation.
The book is available here.
Please register below. Contact Deborah Michel with any questions.