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G.A. Co-Moderators

One Church One Book


Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016), the Rev. Denise Anderson and the Rev. Jan Edmiston, invite the church to join them in a literary journey on race. "One Church One Book" is an opportunity for PC(USA) members, mid councils, and staff members to read, reflect, share and listen, with the help of a variety of resources and conversation-starters provided with each selected book.  


and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
By Debby Irving

Waking Up White Book Cover

Waking Up White is the book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race. I also explain why and how I’ve changed the way I talk about racism, work in racially mixed groups, and understand the racial justice movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White's personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.

Co-Moderator Video Series on Waking Up White

Tools & Resources

Study Guide

The Co-Moderators designed the following study guide to help facilitate group conversations about Waking Up White. Being uncomfortable isn’t the only thing going on when reflecting on the stories in this book. What you’ll find by using the questions included in the study guide is that your life is much richer than you thought, it’s more vibrant, and you have way more resources than you thought you did for understanding what’s going on with racism in our country. Learning about how to interrupt racism is part of learning how to be a disciple of Christ. We’re learning how to love God and love others as ourselves.

Additional Information about Debby Irving and recommended resources on race

Photo of Waking Up White Author, Debby IrvingDebby Irving's Website

TED Talk Led by Debby Irving

Resources Recommended by Debby Irving

"Here & Now" Interview w/ Debby Irving 

Note:  Information and materials about author, Debby Irving, and her book, Waking Up White, have been presented with the author's permission.  

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