Heart of the Rockies Christian Church in Fort Collins, CO

Adult Education | Anxious to Talk About It

The next book the CRMR Reconciliation Ministry Facebook Book Group will discuss is  Anxious to Talk About It. You can purchase this book at Chalice Press. The CRMR Facebook conversation will run for six weeks, from September 6 – October 17. New questions for the weekly discussions will be posted each Monday according to the schedule below. 

Professor and pastor Carolyn Helsel draws on her successful experiences with predominantly white congregations, to offer tools and practices to explore the anxious feelings that come up when talking about racism. Learn how to join the hard conversations and move forward with less fear, more compassion, and more knowledge of self, others, and the important issues at stake.

While Anxious to Talk About It can be read alone, reading with a group will deepen the discussion, integrate the material, and provide opportunities to practice. More details soon on those opportunities.

The CRMR Reconciliation Ministry Facebook Book Group reading and conversation schedule is as follows:
September 6-12: Introduction & Chapter 1
September 13–19: Chapter 2
September 20-26: Chapter 3
September 27-Oct 3: Chapter 4
October 4-10:  Chapter 5
October 11-17: Chapter 6 & Conclusion 

Donna Greene and Joann Johnson will also facilitate two Zoom discussions for Heart of the Rockies folks as follows:
September 15, 6:30-8pm:   Introduction & Chapters 1-3
September 22, 6:30-8pm:   Chapters 4-6 & Conclusion
***A Zoom meeting link will be sent one week prior to each meeting date.

Please consider participating in both the regional weekly discussions, as well as our two local church zoom discussions.There are no prerequisites for participating (e.g. it’s ok if you haven’t seen Just Mercy or read White Fragility). We hope to hear the perspectives of new voices on the online discussion, and see some courageous new faces on the zoom calls.

We look forward to reading this book together, with the hope of 1) deepening our ability to dialogue in respectful, vulnerable, and faithful ways, 2) expanding our knowledge and awareness of systemic racism, and 3) discerning where/how God is calling the church to respond in love, for the sake of God’s justice.