Starting on Wednesday, August 26, at 5:00 pm, I will facilitate a book discussion for anyone who cares to join me by way of Zoom videoconferencing. (An invitation will be sent on August 25). My hope is that this initial gathering will lead to a regular examination of books that I am reading (or you are reading) and that we find relevant to our situation as a church and as a society.
Since issues related to race are at the forefront now, I’d like to start with a book entitled My Vanishing Country: A Memoir, by Bakari Sellers. Bakari Sellers is the son of civil-rights activist Cleveland Sellers, and he writes about growing up in rural South Carolina in a town called Denmark.
At the age of 22, Bakari was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, which made him the youngest member of that body and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. He is a CNN political analyst and a practicing attorney who now lives in Columbia, South Carolina.
You do not have to have read the book to participate. My plan is to offer a 15-minute overview and then lay out what I think are the relevant themes for our lives and times. Then we’ll have a conversation on the book and themes.
I hope you will join me. If you’d like to receive the Zoom invitation, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an experiment that may or may not work, but we will give it the Nacoochee try! — Peace, Bob Prim