This series will help us understand more about our neighbors in the US. Each of the books will contain personal stories so that we can hear their voices – What is their world like? What is different and what is the same? What do we do now? I hope you will prayerfully consider joining me on this journey, which at times may be a struggle as we come to grips with our own fears, allowing God to help us get to know our neighbors. Please contact Gina Dawson to reserve your spot and purchase a book (if you need one).
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“The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border” by Frances Cantú
September 14, 2018, 7:30-9:00pm, Room 206
In September we are moving to the border between the United States and Mexico. For Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, he joins the Border Patrol after graduating from college. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead & deliver to detention those they find alive. He tries not to think where the stories go from there.
Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River goes behind the headlines, making urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line. Learn more and listen to an interview on NPR
Books ($15) are available at the mailbox downstairs outside the Church Office, where you can sign up as well (you can pay on the night of the discussion). Contact Gina Dawson with any questions.
Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love by William H. Willimon (February 24, 2017)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (March 24, 2017)
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (May 19, 2017)
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild (July 21, 2017)
Acts of Faith: The Story of An American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel (September 22, 2017)
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt (October 20, 2017)
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (November 17, 2017)
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a 13-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda (April 13, 2018)
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone (July 27, 2018)