The Camas Friends Book Discussion Group will begin a new book on Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm. Please join us this Spring as we read and discuss The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby.
We will be meeting via Zoom. Here is the Zoom info for joining:
https://zoom.us/j/347822642 (Meeting ID: 347-822-642)
“The Color of Compromise takes readers on a historical journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War, covering the tragedy of Jim Crow laws and the victories of the Civil Rights era, to today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Author Jemar Tisby reveals the obvious—and the far more subtle—ways the American church has compromised what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality.
Tisby uncovers the roots of sustained injustice in the American church, highlighting the cultural and institutional tables that need to be turned in order to bring about real and lasting progress between black and white people. Through a story-driven survey of American Christianity’s racial past, he exposes the concrete and chilling ways people of faith have actively worked against racial justice, as well as the deafening silence of the white evangelical majority. Tisby shows that while there has been progress in fighting racism, historically the majority of the American church has failed to speak out against this evil. This ongoing complicity is a stain upon the church, and sadly, it continues today.
Tisby does more than diagnose the problem, however. He charts a path forward with intriguing ideas that further the conversation as he challenges us to reverse these patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, and immediate action. The Color of Compromise provides an accurate diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests creative ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people.”
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Here’s our tentative reading schedule:
|Wk 1||Mar 25||Foreword and Ch 1: The Color of Compromise||9-24|
|Wk 2||Apr 1||Ch 2: Making Race in the Colonial Era
Ch 3: Understanding Liberty in the Age of Revolution and Revival
|Wk 3||Apr 8||Ch 4: Institutionalizing Race in the Antebellum Era
Ch 5: Defending Slavery at the Onset of the Civil War
|Wk 4||Apr 15||Ch 6: Reconstructing White Supremacy in the Jim Crow Era||88-110|
|—||Apr 22||No Meeting This Week||—|
|Wk 5||Apr 29||Ch 7: Remembering the Complicity in the North||111-129|
|Wk 6||May 6||Ch 8: Compromising with Racism During the Civil Rights Movement||130-151|
|Wk 7||May 13||Ch 9: Organizing the Religious Right at the End of the Twentieth Century||152-171|
|Wk 8||May 20||Ch 10: Reconsidering Racial Reconciliation in the Age of Black Lives Matter||172-191|
|Wk 9||May 27||Ch 11: The Fierce Urgency of Now
Conclusion: Be Strong and Courageous