Race & Social Justice Coalition

The Race & Social Justice Coalition and book group contemplates how to make a concrete difference in the world through advocacy and awareness.  All are welcome to join at any point, and all books are available for purchase at meetings.

All regularly scheduled meetings take place in the Guild Room at St. Paul’s on Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm. Please check the calendar on this page to see all upcoming meetings.

In January 2019, the group sponsored Let Justice Roll!: Exploring Race through Story and Song, an evening concert and story-telling event at St. Paul’s featuring pianist, singer, and composer Mark Miller. The night included readings from texts the coalition has read, personal stories from the group’s members, and music led by the St. Paul’s choirs, directed by Mark Miller himself.

The group has covered a wide range of material, including:

  • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas
  • Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love by William Willimon
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  • Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi’s Closed Society by Joseph Reiff
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir by J.D. Vance
  • A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by William Barber
  • No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice by Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher Doucot
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • Waking up White by Debby Irving
  • 13th (film)
  • Dear White People (TV show)


Sign up for the St. Paul’s weekly eNews to see what the group is up to from week to week, including what books they’re reading, or contact the main office for more information.