UUC Summer Read

Cover of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving

Building Community by Reading the Same Book
Sponsored by UUC’s Antiracism Study Group

As part of UUC’s discernment process about what it means to be an antiracist congregation, UUC’s Antiracism Study Group is offering a summer reading program for July and August. The book we are inviting UUC members to read is Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (2014).

Irving’s personal and moving tale takes us on an adventure to a world utterly new to her as she wakes up to the reality of how, without her knowledge or active pursuit, she lives in a society which is set up to reward her at the expense of people of color. I cannot imagine a more understandable and compelling invitation to learn about how racism lives on in our homes, communities, and nation.

Bishop Gene Robinson, Retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Washington, DC

This summer, when the weather is hotter than you like, settle down and read this comfortable book and be awakened to how those of us who have white skin benefit from the system in which we live. In July and August, Sharon Enga is available to discuss Waking Up White informally, or in a small group, to share your thoughts and reflections. Interested in joining a small group discussion this summer? Contact Sharon Enga at engashar@hotmail.com.

In the fall, the Antiracism Study Group will be offering more opportunities to discuss Waking Up White.

Discounted copies of Waking Up White can be found at www.alibris.com, www.abebooks.com and new and used copies are also available from other book sellers. Seattle Public Library has copies of both the print book and the audio book.

Links for more information on the book and a TEDx talk by the author:

Contact: Sharon Enga, engashar@hotmail.com.