Book explores awakening to white privilege


Bishop’s Bookshelf

Suggested Reading from Bishop Hope Morgan Ward


Recommendation: Enter the River:  Healing Steps from White Privilege Toward Racial Reconciliation, by Jody Miller Shearer


Comments: Enter the River is both an invitation and a challenge. Written by an Anglo-American to Anglo-Americans, Enter the River is a witness of one who has awakened to the unjust privileges accorded whites in North America and invites others to awaken as well.


This book is recommended by the Conference Commission on Religion and Race for churches who want to go deeper in ministries of racial reconciliation.  A workshop was offered at the 2007 Annual Conference using this title and drawing from this book. 


Shearer draws her title imagery from the story of the healing of Namaan's leprosy in II Kings 4. This story is a strong metaphor for the journey needed by the dominant white culture for healing from the effects of racism. In the story is a healing river, a class of cultures, prejudice, a surprising bearer of grace, a bold prophet and a doubting participant. 


As we move onward in this year of The Welcome Table of dialogue on race, this book will enrich the ministry of your church. Be not afraid. Gather a group to read it, to discuss the ideas posed in it, to respond as God leads. 


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