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Congregational Discussions on the
Movement for Black Lives – Summer 2020

What can our congregation do during this time of national reckoning with systemic racism? How can we get a handle on the many issues raised and solutions proposed—especially while the pandemic still keeps many of us from gathering?

CBI leaders are hosting three member-only discussions to bring congregants together (virtually) on these topics. Members will have the option of joining discussions sponsored by the CBI Racial Justice Committee (open to all members) or joining special sessions for members of Women of B’nai Israel. (Stay tuned for information about special sessions for members of Brotherhood and Kesher possibly on different dates around the same times.)

These discussions are on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. The Zoom events will include an introduction to the material followed by smaller group discussions in Zoom “rooms.”

Advance registration required.
Click the respective link below to register for:
general sessions or Women of B’nai Israel sessions

For more information, please contact racialjustice@bnais.com.


August 2

We highly recommend you read these important books, but if you run out of time or would like to supplement your reading, you can watch these 20-minute videos of the authors discussing the main ideas.
 

Books

Videos

Ibram X. Kendi – How To Be an Antiracist
Kendi defines racism and antiracism, makes the
argument that there’s no “not racist” middle ground, and shows us by example pathways to an antiracist society. 

Robin DiAngelo – White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism
DiAngelo illustrates how white Americans, in general, are racially insulated and have not developed the cognitive and affective skills and stamina to talk constructively about race and racism. As a result, any mention of racism can trigger defensive responses, which function to maintain the status quo.

Ibram X. Kendi at the Atlantic Festival, September 2019,
19 min. Kendi discusses his new book with James Fallows, staff writer for The Atlantic.

 

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngeloa talk presented by the United Methodist Church’s General Commission on Religion and Race, February 2016, 20 min. Though this speech predates the 2018 publication of White Fragility, DiAngelo lays out many of the key arguments she later included in the book. 

August 16

From the NY Times: America, This Is Your Chance by Michelle Alexander, a June 8 Op Ed, and a June 11 letter to the editor from David Berman under the heading, White Liberals Struggle for Racial Equality, responding to Alexander’s column. Dorothy and Brian Landsberg will lead the Racial Justice Committee discussion of these articles. 

DocumentPrintable copy of NYTimes article and letter to the editor, with discussion questions

DocumentDraft community guidelines for discussions

August 30

Where Do We Go From Here? An Oprah Winfrey Network Special with Black Thought Leaders
Link: Part I (51 min.) / Link: Part II (51 min.)

In response to the continuing civil unrest in America following the tragic murder of George Floyd, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) presents a two-night special, OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?, which features Oprah Winfrey as she speaks directly with Black thought leaders, activists and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America. 

The in-depth conversations offer insight and tangible plans to answer the questions "What matters now?" "What matters next?" and "Where do we go from here?." 

Featured guests include politician Stacey Abrams, journalist Charles M. Blow; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Academy award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay ("When They See Us," "13th", “Selma”),  professor and author Jennifer Eberhardt (author of "Biased"); journalist and Pulitzer prize-winning founder of the "1619 Project" Nikole Hannah-Jones; historian and author Ibram X. Kendi ("How to be an Anti-Racist"), award-winning actor David Oyelowo ("Selma"), Color of Change founder Rashad Robinson; and president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and National Call for Moral Revival Bishop William J. Barber ll.

 

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