Waking Up White Westminster Summer Reading


Westminster has partnered with First Presbyterian and other local churches to host “Community Conversations” with Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race. These conversations will take place at First Presbyterian with a lecture on September 17 at 7:30pm that is free and open to the public. The conversation continues the next day on September 18, 9am –12pm. The event isalso free but requiresregistration. Registerby September 5 bycalling 336-373-0445 or emailing receptionist@fpcgreensboro.org.

In preparation for these conversations, we invite the congregation to add this book to your summer reading list. Get a copy of Irving’s book in the Church Office for $10, and plan to join in the conversation.In addition to Irving’s visit, we are encouraging existing Church School classes and small groups to make this a part of their programming. For those not in a Church School class or small group, the new Micah Connection ministry will offer small group discussions of the book on Sunday mornings on September 9, 16 and 23. More information on the time and location of these discussions will be announced at a later date.

“Many of us struggle to understand why our nation continues to be so divided by race,” said Ernie Thompson, Westminster’s senior pastor. “Debby Irving’s book Waking Up White has been helpful to me and many others who wrestle with this issue. She shares her own painful story of discovering how much she didn’t know and how the problem goes deeper than personal prejudice or explicitly racist laws and policies. I hope that you will take the time to read her book, join in a discussion group, and hear her speak as Westminster seeks to be a church that bridges our divides.”