New Race Book Study Begins Tuesday, January 18

The first discussion session for the Race Unification Committee’s new race book study will be this coming Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. on Zoom.

There’s still time to sign up.  Email RUC Chair Bill Keesler at  We are currently out of books in the church office but will gladly find copies for additional readers registering in these last few days.

The book is “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America” (2016), by Jim Wallis, a white evangelical preacher, pastor, university teacher, bestselling author, and magazine founder who has worked on racial issues for more than 50 years.


A total of six discussion sessions are planned for the book.  Discussions will be held on the first and third Tuesdays monthly from 6 to 7 p.m.


The discussions, open to the entire congregation, offer an opportunity for combined discovery.  All participants are encouraged to share their own thoughts and personal stories.


The discussions will be led by three RUC members – Walt Rouse, Ken Davis, and David Durrell.  David will lead the first discussion session, which will focus on the Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1.


The first discussion follows the celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday and coincides on Tuesday with the National Day of Racial Healing, an outgrowth of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) efforts.


TRHT is a comprehensive, national, and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.  Organizations throughout the country, including Elon University’s Division of Inclusive Excellence and The League of Women Voters of Wake County in North Carolina, are holding National Day of Racial Healing events.