March 4 – The Sin of Historically Systemic Racism and the Idolatry of Whiteness
Live Call at 7pm with Bishop Perry – Dial : 929-436-2866, then enter Meeting ID: 822 273 5294
March 11 – The Meaning of Repentance and the Beloved Community
March 18 – From Warriors to Guardians: Reforming the Criminal Justice System
March 25 – Welcoming the Stranger: Racial Justice and Fixing Our Broken Immigration System
April 1 – The Bridge to a New America: Having the “New Talk” in Our Schools, Communities, and Congregations
April 8 – Reflections
Live Call at 7pm with Bishop Perry and Sister Vee – Dial : 929-436-2866, then enter Meeting ID: 822 273 5294
As the season of Lent is swiftly approaching, I am eager to announce my first Diocesan book study. The book that I’ve chosen is America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis, a powerful and enlightening examination of the roots and the reality of racism and white supremacy in the United States.
On each Wednesday during Lent, starting with Ash Wednesday on February 26, we will tackle a section of the book using the author’s study guide, which includes discussion questions, prayers, scripture passages, videos and more. I welcome you to study the book and this accompanying guide as a part of your personal devotion, with a group of family and friends or in your congregation. I also invite you to join me in weekly group conference calls with me on three designated Wednesdays in Lent at 7pm.
As an additional resource, I will also be sending you weekly videos that I am making with Sister Veronica Mary, curate at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, where we will discuss the chapters and offer our thoughts and reflections. If you were at my consecration service on February 8, you will remember Sister Vee in the role as my chaplain. We’re Back!
My intention for this book study is to foster rich, constructive conversations and actions, and I urge group leaders and individuals to use the resources in whichever ways work best.
The first few chapters of this book are available for free online via Google Books. It is also widely available in local bookstores, libraries, online, in Kindle and EBook formats, and as an audiobook or CD.
More details about the format and scheduling of the group calls and weekly videos will be forthcoming.
I look forward to growing and learning with all of you.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry
11th Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan