CURRENTLY MEETING VIA ZOOM THROUGH DECEMBER 2022
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month to discuss books that explore issues like racism, progressive politics, environmental activism, and equal rights for all.
Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Charles Mark and Soong-Chan Rah
ECPA Top Shelf Book Cover Award
American Society of Missiology Book Award
★ Publishers Weekly starred review
You cannot discover lands already inhabited.
Injustice has plagued American society for centuries. And we cannot move toward being a more just nation without understanding the root causes that have shaped our culture and institutions. In this prophetic blend of history, theology, and cultural commentary, Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah reveal the far-reaching, damaging effects of the Doctrine of Discovery. In the fifteenth century, official church edicts gave Christian explorers the right to claim territories they discovered. This was institutionalized as an implicit national framework that justifies American triumphalism, white supremacy, and ongoing injustices. The result is that the dominant culture idealizes a history of discovery, opportunity, expansion, and equality, while minority communities have been traumatized by colonization, slavery, segregation, and dehumanization. Healing begins when deeply entrenched beliefs are unsettled. Charles and Rah aim to recover a common memory and shared understanding of where we have been and where we are going. As other nations have instituted truth and reconciliation commissions, so do the authors call our nation and churches to a truth-telling that will expose past injustices and open the door to conciliation and true community.
Progressives Book Club 2022 Book List
January- Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
February- His Truth is Marching On by John Meacham
March- Human(kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together
April- The Hospital: Life, Death and Dollars in a Small Town By Brian Alexander
May- Refugee High: Coming of Age in America By Elly Fishman
June- There is Nothing for You Here by Fiona Hill
July- How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith
August- The Three Mothers by Anna Malaika Tubbs
September- Horse by Geraldine Brooks
October- The Women's House of Detention by Hugh Ryan
November- Unsettling Truths by Charles Mark
December- The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander