The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

3 Churches - Dismantling Racism read "Waking Up White” - 3 Sessions

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Manchester
St. Mary's Episcopal

Three churches have joined forces St. Mary’s Episcopal, Concordia Lutheran, and Emanuel Lutheran churches to hold a series of programs exploring systemic racism and seeking ways to dismantle it. St. Mary’s and its partner churches will continue that effort this year with a discussion series based on the book, “Waking up White” by Debby Irving.

“My hope,” Irving says, “is that by sharing my sometimes cringeworthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. “

The series will consist of three identical three-session programs, offered with a choice of days, times and locations. All are welcome and REGISTRATION is REQUIRED ahead of session start date by calling St. Mary’s at 860.649.4583.

Here’s the schedule:
Sunday afternoon program: Dates: Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3, Snow date: March 17
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. (no meal). Location: St. Mary’s – 41 Park Street, Manchester
The last date to register is Thursday, January 30th

Wednesday daytime program: Dates: Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27, Snow date: April 10
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. (brown bag lunch). Location: Concordia Lutheran - 40 Pitkin St, Manchester
The last date to register is Monday, January 28th

Wednesday evening program: Dates: Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, Snow date: May 8
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. (no meal). Location: Emanuel Lutheran - 60 Church St, Manchester, CT 06040
The last date to register is Monday, February 11th

“Waking up White” may be borrowed from Cheney Library in Manchester, and other libraries or purchased from any bookseller. (Fifty percent of profits go to charities addressing issues of racial inequity, according to Irving’s website.) St. Mary’s does have a small supply of books that can be borrowed on a first come, first serve basis.

To Register: those wishing to attend any of the three sessions must register by the registration date by calling St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (leaving your name, number, email, and session) at 860.649.4583.

We look forward to the conversation!