BJC Book Club: Be part of the conversation
Go deeper on topics related to preserving faith freedom for all with BJC’s book club. Together, we read through one book at a time, setting a goal of certain chapters each week. We’ll have weekly Zoom meetings in small groups to discuss questions based on the reading. At the end of each book club, we’ll invite the author to join us and share additional thoughts and ideas for action as we work to make sure freedom is protected for everyone.
Our next Book Club will be in late spring 2021. Return to this page for details!
Previous book club selection:
Faith in American Public Life
By Melissa Rogers
January 5 , 2021 – January 26, 2021
Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m Eastern Time
Buy the book at your favorite local bookseller or online retailer, and join us for weekly conversations! Author Melissa Rogers will be with us on January 26.
In Faith in American Public Life, Melissa Rogers ― former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships ― explores the role of religion in the public square and focuses on principles that define the relationship between government and religion. While the Constitution prohibits government-backed religion, it protects the rights of religious individuals and organizations to promote their faith. These twin principles have helped freedom and faith to flourish in the United States.
Previous BJC Book Club Selection:
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism
By Jemar Tisby
Book reading and discussion: September 9 – September 30, 2020
Watch the Facebook Live introduction of the book club with BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler and Director of Education Charles Watson Jr.
The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don’t know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.
Preview: Listen to Jemar Tisby on the BJC Podcast series on the dangers of Christian nationalism.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Color of Compromise book club hosted by BJC. The diversity of viewpoints was very enlightening, and the discussions were engaging.
The book club provided an opportunity to process the church’s complicity in racism and to consider decisive actions we might take toward racial justice. It allowed me to engage these ideas and learn from a diverse group of new friends who provided a broader perspective.