Week 7

Waking Up White Book Study
Week Seven — Inner Work and Outer Work
Tuesday, April 4 | Thursday, April 6

Session Goals
To identify our next steps in understanding systematic racism in relationships to our shared Christian values.

Book Chapters
Chapter 34 “Becoming Multicultural”
Chapter 36 “The Dominant White Culture”
Chapter 39 “Equality Starts With Equity”
Chapter 41 “From Bystander to Ally”
Chapter 42 “Solidarity and Accountability”
Chapter 44 “Listening”

Deuteronomy 10:12-22

Additional Content (optional)
Moving The Race Conversation Forward,” raceforward.org (YouTube)

Discussion Questions
Define and differentiate: a multicultural approach vs. a “melting pot.”
Define and differentiate: “equality” and “equity.”
How do these ideas connect with Christian values?
How do we move from being a bystander to an ally?

Week 6

Waking Up White Book Study
Week Six — Leaving My Comfort Zone
Tuesday, March 28 | Thursday, March 30

Session Goals
Review conversational ground rules around difficult topics.
Listen more intentionally to the stories of people of color.

Book Chapters
Chapter 29 “Intent and Impact”
Chapter 30 “Feelings and the Culture of Niceness”
Chapter 31 “Courageous Conversations”
Chapter 32 “Getting Over Myself”
Chapter 33 “Perception and Fear”

Matthew 18:15-20

Additional Content (optional)
Kids Speak Their Minds About Race” CNN (YouTube)

Discussion Questions
Do you agree with these guidelines for discussing difficult topics? What makes following these difficult?
How might the instructions provided in Matthew interact with these guidelines?
How can white people prepare to listen, without judgment, to the experiences of people with color? Why is it important for them to do so?

Week 5

Waking Up White Book Study
Week Five — 25 Years of Tossing and Turning
Tuesday, March 21 | Thursday, March 23

Session Goals
Consider how our status may affect our desire/comfort to spend time with people in diverse groups.

Book Chapters
Chapter 21 “Straddling Two Worlds”
Chapter 22 “Why Do I Always End Up With White People?”
Chapter 23 “Diversity Training”
Chapter 24 “Everyone Is Different; Everyone Belongs”
Chapter 25 “Belonging”
Chapter 28 “I Am the Elephant”

1 Corinthians 12:14-26

Additional Content (optional)
The 5 things White People Should Do to Improve Race” Tim Wise on CNN (YouTube)

Discussion Questions
Have you tried to form relationships across racial lines? If so were you successful? If not, what held you back?
Why is it important for all of us to become culturally aware and coach others to take this responsibility?


Week 4

Waking Up White Book Study
Week Four — Rethinking Key Concepts
Tuesday, March 14 | Thursday, March 16

Session Goals
To consider more objectively the stories we tell ourselves about the reality of race and privilege in our society.

Book Chapters
Chapter 17 “My Good People”
Chapter 18 “Color-blind”
Chapter 19 “My Good Luck”
Chapter 17 “My Robin Hood Syndrome”

Acts 9:1-22

Discussion Questions
Previously did you give much thought to the concept of race?
Has your understanding of race changed over time?
How did you learn that race is social and not a biological construct?

Week 3

Waking Up White Book Study
Week Three — Why Didn’t I Wake Up Sooner?
Tuesday, March 7 | Thursday, March 9

Session Goals
Consider how our belief system contributes to the stories we tell.

Book Chapters
Chapter 12 “Icebergs”
Chapter 13 “Invisibility”
Chapter 16 “Logos and Stereotypes”

James 2:8-13

Additional Content (optional)
“RACE: The Power Of An Illusion - Episode 3: The House We Live In”
PBS Documentary (YouTube)

Discussion Questions
In what ways has your Christian upbringing supported and/or challenged white privilege? 
Have you ever had someone doubt or minimize an experience of racism, sexism, or homophobia. How did that make you feel?

Week 2

Waking Up White Book Study
Week Two — Mid Life Wakeup Calls
Tuesday, February 28 | Thursday, March 2

Session Goals
To reflect on our understanding of privilege.

Book Chapters
Chapter 6 “From Confusion to Shock”
Chapter 8 “Racial Categories”
Chapter 9 “White Supremacy”
Chapter 10 “The Melting Pot”

Galatians 3:23-29

Additional Content
“Whitewashed” film by Mark Patrick George (YouTube)

Discussion Questions
What are the ways in which you describe yourself to others?
By gender? Religion? Sexual identity? Marital status? Familial status (parent, sibling, grandparent, etc.)?
Is race ever a part of that description?
Is it important for white people to perceive and understand whiteness? If so, why or why not?
The short film
Whitewashed refers to what people have lost in the process of “becoming white.” Immigrants gave up their  individual identity to form a new mainstream identity, for example. There are other suggestions of loss that come out of the interviews. What else might we have lost in our unintentional and inadvertent conforming to a privileged society?

Week 1

Each week we will focus on a portion of the book, identifying specific chapters to help focus our discussion. We will offer additional materials for conversation.

Copies of Waking Up White are available in the Church Office for pickup. Donations of $13 are appreciated to help cover the cost, but a donation is not required.

Deuteronomy 10:12-22
Introduction, chapters 1, 3, 4
Supplementary Reading:
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh