The book is titled “More Stories of Racial Awakening: Narratives of Changed Hearts and Lives from South Carolina United Methodists.” It is on sale now. The book includes a foreword written by South Carolina United Methodist Resident Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, and it is edited with an introduction by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.
“More Stories of Racial Awakening” gathers narratives from South Carolina United Methodists about how their perspective on race have changed. Sometimes raw and vulnerable, sometimes uplifting and a testimony to Christian unity and sometimes deeply painful, the 24 stories in this collection help shine light into the darkness that is racism—and how we can all strive together for change. The book also contains discussion questions to help facilitate a talk or time of sharing about race with your church, small group or Bible study class.
It is a follow-up book to the first collection, “Stories of Racial Awakening,” published in 2017 and available as an ebook at https://advocatesc.org/books.
“As followers of Christ, we have a sacred calling to lead our communities in tearing down the walls that divide us and to engage in ministries of reconciliation. The walls crumble when we begin to see and hear beyond our own experience—when we make a concerted effort to learn each other’s stories,” Holston writes in his foreword. “Listen with authenticity to the stories that are shared in this book, and then invite someone to reflect with you on what you have learned. Act with intentionality to hear the truth of history and heritage from all sides of the discussion. It is an uncomfortable journey, but as people of faith we trust that it will lead us to God’s own truth.”
The Advocate Press is the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate’s book publishing venture. The Advocate Press produces books targeted to South Carolina United Methodists with a mission to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The mission of the Advocate Press is to produce books of interest to South Carolina United Methodists on matters of faith and to amplify regional voices and those that advocate for the advancement of the kingdom of God.
“More Stories of Racial Awakening” is available as a paperback ($12) and an e-book ($5). Learn more at https://advocatesc.org/racialawakening2.