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Seekers Book Discussion – How to Be an Antiracist

Seekers Book Discussion – How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

Description from amazon.com:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”—The New York Times

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Washington Post • Shelf Awareness • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Seekers Book Discussion – How to Be an Antiracist

Seekers Book Discussion – How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

Description from amazon.com:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”—The New York Times

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Washington Post • Shelf Awareness • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

September Gathering

September Gathering

September 2020 progressive and inclusive community online gathering.

Theme: Celebrating the Season of Creation

Seekers Book Discussion – How to Be an Antiracist

Seekers Book Discussion – How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

Description from amazon.com:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”—The New York Times

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Washington Post • Shelf Awareness • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

August Gathering

August Gathering

August 2020 progressive and inclusive community online gathering.

Theme:”Live in the Moment, For That is All We Ever Have.”

July Gathering

July Gathering

July 2020 progressive and inclusive community online gathering.

Schedule:

    1. Candle prayer.
    2. Each of us (if comfortable doing so) sharing an inspirational reading, prayer, etc.
    3. Dialog discussion ideas: We will be focusing on Kindness and Compassion, two of the four Brahma Vaharas (sublime abodes) from Buddhist teachings to cultivate the boundless heart.
    4. Closing thoughts, prayers
Seekers Book Discussion – Why Buddhism Is True

Seekers Book Discussion – Why Buddhism Is True

Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright.

Description from amazon.com:

From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness.

In this “sublime” (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution.

This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright’s landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world’s most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is “provocative, informative and…deeply rewarding” (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

 

June Gathering

June Gathering

June 2020 progressive and inclusive community online gathering.

Schedule:

  1. Brief check-in on how we are coping with social distancing, etc. (similar to our candle prayer time when we were able to meet in person)
  2. Each of us (if comfortable doing so) sharing an inspirational reading, prayer, etc.
  3. Dialog discussion ideas:
  • Zach Johnson, executive director of CTA National, says: “we’ll never truly make progress in eliminating poverty unless we reform the   church.  But we can’t begin either project while the church remains European centered, and uses its incredible influence to actively exclude & oppress most of the world’s people: women, LGBTQ, church laborers, & lay people.”
  • According to liberation theologian Jon Sobrino: “there is no salvation outside the poor.”
  • Zach J. also says: “only the poor can reform the church, & only a reformed church will seek to become poor.”  If “churches are places where communities challenge themselves to not just go to the margins, but to become  the margins, then liberation for all people is imaginable, even possible.”

4) Closing thoughts, prayers

May Gathering

May Gathering

May 2020 progressive and inclusive community online gathering.

March Gathering

March Gathering

March 2020 progressive and inclusive community liturgy and meal

Theme: TBA

Please note the following:

==> Bring a dish to pass (First time visitors are exempt)