The Lean In Study Group aims to build congregational vitality by leaning into Woodland Presbyterian Church’s More Light and Matthew 25 commitments as an LGBTQIA+ affirming and anti-oppression faith community. Through open discussion and meaningful study, we attempt to answer the question ‘How do we turn God’s love for all people into individual and communal action?’
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Monthly Book Club
Our monthly book club will be meeting to discuss No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore on August 30th at 1pm following Sunday service.
No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America is a 2018 memoir by American writer and activist Darnell L. Moore. It explore Moore’s experiences growing up in poverty in New Jersey, and his struggles with his personal identity as both black and queer. In recovering the beauty, joy, and love in his own life, No Ashes in the Fire gives voice to the rich, varied experiences of all those who survive on the edges of the margins. In the process, Moore offers a path toward liberation.
Leaning Into Racial Justice
Our weekly 9:45 Sunday morning discussions are back! Starting on August 2nd, we will be leaning into racial justice throughout the month of August. Below you will find the 9:45 curriculum for the next five weeks:
On Accountability (Aug 2): A discussion of the racial history of the church and how Scripture might inform our considerations on allyship.
On the Importance of #OwnVoices (Aug 9): A discussion on how Scripture might guide us as we consider the importance of diverse representation in our media and the cruciality that under-represented groups be empowered to tell their own stories.
On Meritocracy (Aug 16): A discussion on the cultural context of the disciples and early followers of Jesus as an example of anti-meritocracy.
On Generational Poverty (Aug 23): A discussion on the ways discrimination continues to widen the racial wealth gap, even as the racial income gap begins to close.
On Dogged Strength and Moving Forward (Aug 30): A discussion on avenues for empowerment and action. Congregants are invited to share resources in this discussion and reflect on their individual activism.