Join us starting on March 7 for a book study of Waking Up White: Every Tuesday in March at 6:30 p.m. in the Café. All are welcome. None of us chooses our skin color at birth. Yet racial dynamics pervade our society and many of us who are white have not perceived how race affects our lives. Nolan Huizenga will lead this four-week study of Debby Irving’s book Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Debby says, "My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race.” The book is widely available at local bookstores and libraries, and at online booksellers including Amazon. Please bring a copy if you can. If you need childcare for this event, please sign up here.
Antiracism in the Church: A Lenten Journey - Every Sunday in March, and April 2, at 9:30 a.m. in the Activity Center
During Lent, scriptural texts will focus our call to Christian discipleship through the lens of racial justice. Join leaders Dorothy Parks-Piatt, Nancy Nolan, Nolan Huizenga, and others as we deepen our understanding of white supremacy, power, and privilege, and seek to grow in faithfulness through this interactive series. Our Lenten journey is more than a white-guilt trip! We’ll resist the temptation to forgo opposing racism in church and society, and we’ll start becoming active collaborators working toward racial justice. After an introductory week, we’ll together pursue self-examination, go through confession, move to repentance, and eventually project an Easter faith that integrates ongoing reflection and active structural change.
2PC Choirs Prepare for Collaboration with Lisa Silver,
Cantorial Soloist of Nashville’s Congregation Micah
Sunday, March 26 at 11:00 AM: Recalling the common heritage of Jews and Christians, the choirs of Second Presbyterian—including children, youth and adults—are busy rehearsing for a special service of music with guest singer, Lisa Silver of Congregation Micah. On Sunday, March 26, the Word will be proclaimed in songs from the Shabbat evening service and the Psalms, concluding with “Heal Us Now”, a powerful prayer of healing for ourselves and others.
Dancing on the Edge Women’s Book Group meets the second and fourth Monday evenings at 7 pm in the Cafe at Second. Our February book that we will discuss in detail next meeting is Paulette Jiles’ News of the World, a historical fiction set in the American West after the Civil War. It is "a work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust." It was a National Book Award finalist for fiction. Our next meeting is February 27, and all Second women and friends, whether they have read the book or not are most welcome!