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Weeks of July 26-August 30 via Zoom

The Color of Compromise Readings and Discussion Packet can be found here.

Reading Notes and Discussion Questions prepared by members of the Racial Justice and the Church Working Group.

Learn more about our journey 

In response to racial injustices enacted on our streets in recent weeks, many of us are asking, “What is God calling us to do?” We are moved to action…but the shape of that action is not self-evident or simple.

As we seek to move forward in actively living into racial justice and reconciliation, we are, ironically, called to look back: to listen, learn, and reflect on the history of the American church (a past of which we may not have participated in but, nonetheless, are inheritors of) in order to allow God to transform our future.

To this end, the Racial Justice and the Church Working Group, Mission Outreach, and Christian Formation committees invite the entire First Pres community to read The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby. A narrative historical survey, The Color of Compromise takes readers on a journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War, to the tragedy of Jim Crow laws and the victories of the Civil Rights era, to today’s Black Lives Matter movement, to reveal the ways in which the American church has actively and passively perpetuated racism. Written not just about the church but forthe church, The Color of Compromise is not aimed at condemning the church but about helping us to understand our own history and complicity so that we can be open to the places God desires to bring healing, justice, and reconciliation.

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