Book Study: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown
Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, Austin Channing Brown writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness,” a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion. In a time when nearly all institutions claim to value “diversity” in their mission statements, I’m Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. I’m Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness–if we let it–can save us all.
We invite you to join in group discussion this fall as we respond to this invitation. Book cost is $22.50 hardcover, $13 eBook, scholarships available. Groups will meet Wednesdays starting Oct 9 at 7pm led by Julie Konrardy and Sundays starting Oct 13 at 10:10am co-led by Umar Williams and Bill Konrardy.
Umar M Williams has been affiliated with LHUMC as a participant and member since 2004. Starting with theater and music ministries, Umar maintained his relationship with LHUMC due our drive for social justice and welcoming attitude. Because of he embodied this part of LHUMC, Umar was handpicked to help lead our church into becoming a Reconciling Church and starting the process of helping us to become an Anti-Racist church and congregation.
Bill Konrardy is an anti-racist who is a long standing member of LHUMC and is an original member of the Reconciling Ministries Task Force. His current focus in Reconciling Ministries is within the Anti-Racism work in a journey of ending the persistent racial disparities found in white dominant society through white privilege (including his own).
Julie Konrardy has facilitated several adult classes, the UMW Book club and is a Godly Play storyteller. Her facilitating style is collaborative, she brings the idea of wondering from Godly Play to her adult classes. Julie is never the expert in the room but curious and anxious to hear everyone’s voice.