Limited Series, Lectures & Discussions
ONLINE BOOK CLUB
The book club meets once a month on the third Monday at 7:00 pm. Please contact Susan Bertram or Abby Thomsen for more information and to recieve a Zoom invitation. Everyone is welcome!
July 27! Our next WPC book is The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby.
Our next WPC book is The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby.
Description from Goodreads:
"Tisby provides a unique survey of American Christianity's racial past, revealing the concrete and chilling ways people of faith have worked against racial justice. Understanding our racial history sets the stage for solutions, but until we understand the depth of the malady we won't fully embrace the aggressive treatment it requires. Given the centuries of Christian compromise with bigotry, believers today must be prepared to tear down old structures and build up new ones. This book provides an in-depth diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people. "
Community Connections Hour
All are welcome to join this online Zoom discussion at 7:30 pm on Thursdays.
Contact Ward Wilson for an invitation.
July 16- Talking at the Border
When Sarah heard they needed volunteers to translate for Latin American refugees being held at the Texas border she had no idea what the experience would be like. Her plain and factual description will move you, stir you, and challenge your assumptions.
About Sarah: Raised as a member of WPC, Sarah now lives in Saint Paul, MN with her family and owns a website design company called The Website Doula. (https://thewebsitedoula.com) You can read about her first detention center experience on her blog (https://thewebsitedoula.com/border-rights-advocacy/).
July 23- The Show, Bo, and teaching Michael Jordan
Michael Huff lived every boy’s dream and played in the big leagues. But he did more. He played with Bo Jackson, one of the most remarkable athletes of his era. And when a certain league-dominating world champion athlete decided he wanted to play baseball, the White Sox chose Michael Huff to teach Michael Jordan how to field. Michael will talk about the day Sandy Koufax encouraged him, about Bo, and about training one of the greatest athletes of all time.
About Mike: Michael is currently the Director of Youth Baseball for the White Sox and will talk briefly about training the next generation of baseball players, as well as dealing with the travel team parent. Michael is also one of the White Sox Ambassadors. When he is not on TV for the Big Ten Network or running around for the White Sox, you will find him supporting WPCs many missions.
Joe Morris Doss
July 30Let the Bastards Go — Saving Souls from Cuba
Joe Morris Doss had a small church in New Orleans with a few parishioners from Cuba. Cuba had long prevented its citizens from leaving that island, so when Fidel Castro unexpectedly started letting “the bastards” go, Joe’s parishioners asked him to help. What can a priest with a small congregation do in the midst of international events that would echo through US/Cuban relations for decades? Well, buy a retired navy cutter, hire a crew, raise some money, and head to Cuba to try to convince the Cuban government to let even more people go. Come and hear about this remarkable adventure, a moving story of immigration, risk, negotiating with an authoritarian government, and being church in the world.
About Joe: Joe Morris Doss is a retired Episcopal Bishop and lawyer who at one time was consider the premier expert on death row penalty appeals. He is the founder of Death Penalty Focus, the largest abolition organization in the country. His play about the death penalty is slated for an eight city tour once the pandemic lifts.