Lenten Book and Podcast Study Groups

Wed 2/24-3/24 | 7 pm online

Join us for one of our Lenten studies “How Did We Get Here? Christianity and White Supremacy”, facilitated by the Reverends Cindy Dopp, Joe Hubbard, and Michele H. Morgan

Choose one of the three options below.  The sessions will all be held on Wednesdays, February 24 to March 24, from 7 – 8 pm on Zoom.


Option 1: Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, led by the Reverend Joe Hubbard Sign up

Joe will lead a study of this provocative study of the relationship between the myth of American exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and Christian theology. We’ll read a chapter a week and discuss the church’s role in objectifying bodies of color. By the end, we will turn to a conversation around the church’s responsibility for redeeming these dangerous myths and consider our invitation to point to the voice of God in the midst of a “Stand Your Ground” culture of violence and destruction. You can buy the book here or from your favorite bookshop.

Questions: contact Joe Hubbard – seminarian@stmarks.net .


Option 2: Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May, led by the Reverend Cindy Dopp Sign up

We live in a time of great needs…and, as Christians, we are called to respond. COVID has brought stresses and challenges that we would never have imagined – for others and ourselves. How do we respond? The St Mark’s community has traditionally been active in social activism, advocacy for the marginalized, racial justice, and more. How do we move forward in our work to love others?

This book study is meant to help us remember that in our ministry eorts to help eect change for a better world, we must also acknowledge the need for our own rest and retreat during dicult times. Compassion for others also calls for self-compassion.

COVID has been a season of wintering. May’s book oers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat during ‘fallow’ times. She invites us to change how we relate to challenging life circumstances. Rather than resisting and seeking to overcome, we can instead acknowledge times of wintering and learn from them. I believe we grow from attending to our dicult times. Rest and renewal from wintering better enable us to go out into the world to minister to others eectively.

We will read two chapters every week.You can buy the book here or from your favorite bookshop.

Questions: contact Cindy Dopp – cindy@stmarks.net.


Option 3: “The Dangers of Christian Nationalism” (podcast), led by the Reverend Michele H. Morgan Sign up

A conversation based on a Baptist Joint Committee 10-episode podcast on the dangers of Christian nationalism. The episodes are a half-hour in length, and you would have to listen to 2 or 3 over the course of the week to join in on the conversation.