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Racial Equity Initiative Book Discussion: “Waking Up White”

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Virtual Event

As part of Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative (REI) to recognize and to educate ourselves about systemic racism and to explore the unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, we are launching a series of programs to help promote discussion and understanding.

Register BELOW to join us online via Zoom to participate in the facilitated group book discussion.

Get the books and start reading! 

  • Order from or visit Ashay By the Bay, a Black-owned bookstore in Oakland – ashaybythebay.com
  • Order from or find a local bookstore on INDIEBOUND
  • Order a copy or download to your device from AMAZON

October 4: Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

Upcoming books:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein.

We will also be providing opportunities to SERVE and to ADVOCATE.

Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative statement of purpose:
We recommit to recognizing and dismantling racism and unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, in the institution of the church, and in the broader culture. We will provide a space to process what we are seeing and learning and to discern our call as a community of faith to take action toward these goals. Our shared set of values and mission calls us to transform lives for Christ: that now calls us to transform our own lives to be less complicit in racist aspects of our culture, to transform the lives of those who have historically faced oppression by helping eradicate systemic racism disproportionately affecting them, and to be the hands and feet of Christ by opposing institutions and practices everywhere that deny the full humanity of all God’s children.


October 4
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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