Sunday, January 17

Northminster Reads

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Northminster Reads
Sundays, Jan. 17, Feb 21, March 21 at 5:30 pm

As 2021 begins, we will continue to deepen our awareness of issues confronting those who experience poverty and racial injustice. Whether you have been part of this “book group” from its beginning, or would now like to get involved, join us as we read and discuss and learn. Parish Associate Carol McDonald will be joined by Northminster members in guiding the conversations.

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Sunday, January 17 – 5:30 p.m.  Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villaneuva.  This book offers a refreshing and inspired look at how wealth can better serve the needs of communities of color and atone for the ways in which it has been traditionally used to inflict harm and division. Villaneuva speaks from his experience as both a Native American and one who works in Philanthropy. He shares some radical thinking about what it would take to create a world in which power and accountability shift so that communities control the resources vital to their strength and futures.  Decolonizing Wealth has been chosen by the Co-Moderators of the PC(USA) General Assembly as the PC(USA)  “One Church, One Book” initiative for 2021.

Sunday, February 21 – 5:30 p.m. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Desmond follows 8 families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep roofs over their heads. This book will transform our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for confronting one of 21st century America’s most devastating problems.  Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Sunday, March 21 – 5:30 p.m.  Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.  Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America: how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. She explores 8 pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, and stigma. And she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.