Zoom Community Conversation with Dr. Jenny Hirst -- The Trouble I've Seen

Join Rev. Jenny Hirst, Collister United Methodist,

partnering with IBHM,

for a Zoom online book discussion in four monthly parts of Dr Drew G.I. Hart’s book:

Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church views Racism.

What if racial reconciliation doesn’t look like what you expected? The high-profile killings of young black men and women by white police officers, and the protests and violence that ensued, have convinced many white Christians to reexamine their intuitions when it comes to race and justice.

In this provocative book, theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, anti-black stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. He argues that white Christians have repeatedly gotten it wrong about race because dominant culture and white privilege have so thoroughly shaped their assumptions. He also challenges black Christians about neglecting the most vulnerable in their own communities. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.

What if all Christians listened to the stories of those on the racialized margins? How might the church be changed by the trouble they’ve seen?

Book is available for order or pickup and email Willisonjenny@gmail.com to receive the zoom code and further details.

Here are the four monthly online meetings for this group to discuss:

  • Tuesday 6/23 at 6pm MST - Chapter 1
  • Tuesday 7/14 at 6pm MST - Chapter 2 - 4
  • Tuesday 8/18 at 6pm MST - Chapter 5 - 7 
  • Tuesday 9/15 at 6pm MST - Chapter 8 - 9

Dr Drew Hart, author of “Trouble I’ve Seen:  Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” is coming to Boise the weekend of Saturday July 11th.  Dr Hart, author, pastor and theology professor at Messiah College, is flying in from Pennsylvania and is excited to join us in Boise. (With the roller coaster related to Covid19 spread and safety concerns, we are still in the midst of finalizing details.) His speaking event in Boise was planned back in October, and is even more important now, as the nation and the Church understand our role and call to racial justice. 

     With Ada County’s roll back to Phase 3 of the Coronavirus protocol, we can only have up to 50 people hear Dr Hart speak.  If we can only have 50 people present at this event, I believe it is a unique opportunity for us to gather in solidarity to more deeply understand the reality and ongoing effects of systemic racism in faith communities.  

     Here are the details:

Saturday, July 11th at 5pm

Location:  Dr Hart will speak from the steps of the Idaho Black History Museum in Julia Davis Park.

***Please bring your own lawn chair, we will provide means to practice physical distancing, and please plan to wear a mask. 

We’ll most likely have online registration available on the IBHM website, as it will be important to keep the attendance numbers under 50 people. For now, I’m hoping you will reserve this date and time on your calendars and as we get closer I’ll send a link for registration if we believe it will be necessary. 

Rev. Jenny Willison Hirst

Associate Minister

Collister United Methodist Church