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​Diocesan Book Studies | Living Into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America

Living Into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America
ed. By Catherine Meeks

A collection of essays penned by persons who are involved in the work of dismantling racism in many ways. The book explores the inner and outer dynamics involved in the process of doing this sacred work and reaffirms the idea that God's dream for us is that we get this work done and make the formation of the beloved community a reality. The book includes a study guide which helps to facilitate its use as a resource for a book study. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gave the book to all of the members of the House of Bishops and many of their dioceses have instituted book studies and other programs.

​Diocesan Book Studies | Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
By Bryan Stevenson

"Important and compelling.”
—TRACY KIDDER, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains

“Gripping…What hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation.”
—DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“An inspiring and powerful story.”
—JOHN GRISHAM, author of A Time To Kill

The Commission on Dismantling Racism encourages people throughout the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia to read this book during the coming season of Epiphany, beginning after Christmas. For group and individual reading, Bryan Stevenson Just Mercy Study/Discussion Guide and ​Just Mercy Study Guide.

Diocesan Book Studies | Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama

Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
by Charles W. Eagles

The Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism invited all parishes to participate in reading Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama by Charles Eagles (1991| University of Alabama Press) during the 2015 Epiphany season. The reading and discussion of this book is a part of the effort to prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jonathan Daniel's death and the annual Pilgrimage to Hayneville, Alabama, next Aug. 15, according to Catherine Meeks, Ph.D., chair of the Beloved Community: Commission on Dismantling Racism. In addition to the book, the documentary Here Am I, Send Me chronicling Daniel's life will help to increase awareness of this modern-day saint.

“This period prior to the pilgrimage is designed to help us better understand Daniel's life and work,” said Meeks. “It can inform our response to the call made to each of us as we seek to live a faithful life.”

The diocesan commission also asks that all parishes consider a Lenten study on the following films: Here Am I Send Me, Traces of the Trade, Repairing the Breach, White Privilege 101 and Banished. Some of these films are accompanied by study resources. For the ones that are not, the commission will offer a short set of study questions and aids to help facilitate

These films are easy to obtain online, but the commission also can offer assistance.

Books for individual reading and group book discussions

  1. Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
  2. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  3. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  4. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  5. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy
  6. Black Pain by Terri Williams
  7. Slavery by Another Name by Douglass Blackmon​
  8. The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
  9. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
  10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou​
  11. Made for Goodness by Bishop Desmond Tutu and Rev. Mpho Tutu
  12. Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  13. Living Into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America Edited by Catherine Meeks
  14. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Racial Divide by Carol Anderson


  1. White Like Me by Tim Wise (addresses white privilege)
  2. Selma (addresses civil rights issues)
  3. Traces of the Trade (addresses slavery and one family's role in it)
  4. Banished (addresses the removal of African Americans from three cities including Cumming, Georgia)
  5. 13th (addresses mass incarceration's root system)