Summer Study 2020: Trust
Trust ... what a timely topic to explore right now. What does it look like for a believer to trust God in the middle of a pandemic, much less normal life? We’re going to explore Biblical Trust during this peculiar COVID-19 summer, and we hope you'll join us for lessons and small group time-- either in person or online. Registration is now open! Find it here. Study includes 5 weeks, running from Wednesday, June 17th to Wednesday, July 15th. Find the digital study guide here. Find all the weekly videos to date on our Studies of Scripture page.
Week 4, Class Video
Every tribe. Every nation. Every tongue. That's what heaven will look like. Let's start now. Educate yourself. Here are some resources we've compiled to get you started.
Full of love and prayer for you, Women's Ministry Team
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)
- So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Olou)
- Soul of America (John Meacham, not solely about racism, but systemic issues and the history of the politics involved from Civil War on)
- The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas, fictional Young Adult novel)
- Small Great Things (Jodi Picoult, fictional)
- Waking Up White (Debby Irving)
- White Picket Fences (Amy Julia Becker)
- Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
- The Power of Proximity (Michelle Ferrigno Warren)
- Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist (Eli Saslow)
- The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity with Racism (Jemar Tisby)
- Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism (Drew G.I. Hart)
Gather some friends and watch these movies/shows/documentaries/talks:
- The Hate U Give (the book is better, PG-13)
- Selma (PG-13)
- When They See Us (TV-MA, 5 part-mini-docu-drama on the Central Park 5)
- I Am Not Your Negro (Documentary about James Baldwin, PG-13)
- 13th (TV-MA)
- “The Controversial Jesus : Jesus and Privilege,” sermon by Jon Tyson, Church of the City, New York https://youtu.be/4lQ3Gyy2ndk
- Tom Skinner’s talk at Urbana 1970:https://urbana.org/message/us-racial-crisis-and-world-evangelism (audio)
- Michelle Higgin’s talk at Urbana 2015: https://vimeo.com/150226527
- “Race and America: Do Black Lives Matter To Evangelicals,” Michelle Higgins and Greg Thompson (18 Min dialogue from Q Ideas) http://qideas.org/videos/race-and-america/
- Mark Charles’ talk at Calvin College: “Doctrine of Discovery” https://youtu.be/fYZ2rj2Jooc
Listen to these podcasts:
- Katie Couric has an episode of her PodCast where she talks with the cast of Just Mercy and Byran Stevenson. (Found here)
- Code Switch from NPR (Found here)
- The Front Porch series (many are great), but particularly the episode "Understanding Race & Reconciliation in the USA"
- Scene on Radio: Seeing White (14 episodes)
- Scene on Radio: The Land That Never Has Been Yet (11 episodes so far)
- Pass the Mic: Numerous episodes. One bonus episode, a talk by one of the hosts, Jemar Tisby, titled, The Fierce Urgency of Now
- Truth’s Table: Particularly the episode, Strange Fruit
- The 1619 project. Pulitzer Prize winner initiative from New York Times Magazine explores how America was built on slavery. Read the essays, then download the audio series hosted by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Go online or, when allowed, go visit these museums:
- Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (linked here)
- Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian (linked here)
- The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis (linked here)
- The Civil RIghts museum in Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. (linked here)
Additional Reading Lists by non-church sources:
Good Habits 2020 Booklet by Suzanne Stelling
What do you want 2020 to look like? What is God saying to you about this new decade? My hope is that the pages of this book will help you to hear the Holy Spirit's quiet voice and to enhance honor and beauty in your life through ideas, artwork, direction, and questions. Dream a little and pray a lot!
Suzanne Overholt Stelling
Welcome, woman, we are am so glad you are here. Who are we? We are real women: messy, old, young, fatigued, frustrated, engaged, depressed, cool, awkward, lonely, satisfied, happy, miserable, weak, and warrior-like. We are whole, and we are not. We are silly, and we are serious. We are wounded, and we are healers. We love to laugh, we often cry. We try to stay close to God, and fail and succeed! In other words, welcome. I bet you are just like us, in your own unique way. I hope you will find a place of friendship and spiritual challenge here.
Women's Ministries (WM) endeavors to love you well by offering you opportunities to grow in your love for God, to expand in your love for each other, and to serve this wild world. There are many ways to do that in this church: we are a church in which women are encouraged to worship, study, lead, and serve. I recommend that you get into a Bible study of some kind. Find some friends with whom you can do life. Come to Sunday service and run passionately after the God who loves you so deeply.
Please join with us as we pursue God!
If we can be of service, let us know.