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Book Study: What Lies Between Us

Dear Siblings of the Presbytery of San Francisco,

The work of Dismantling Structural Racism is as much an inward journey as it is the external commitment we make to live into our goals as Matthew 25 congregations and Presbytery.

I firmly believe with Dr Ken Hardy that this transformation begins with seeing and being, examining our hearts and minds in an effort to let go of what does not serve the causes of personal and collective freedom and replacing it with the new thing God is doing. It is with this in mind that I invite you to join me in a five month study and conversation using the journal/workbook, “What Lies Between Us, Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing.”

We will meet twice a month starting in February to do some deep work on our own and together to examine our racial experiences, beliefs and ideas. We will be looking closely at America’s racial history and its impact on the people we are and the country we live in today. We will be doing this through a faith lens that will include scripture, meditation, and prayer. We have much to learn, much to share, and much to let go of.

Please join us.

~ Rev. Kamal Hassan


What Lies Between Us: Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing

  • Duration: Bi-monthly on Wednesdays for 5 months/10 sessions (2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month)
  • Start Date: Wednesday, Feb 10th
  • Time: 4:00-5:30pm
  • Where: Zoom
  • Registration is now closed

Resources for Book Study


Class Schedule

Click here to download the full and complete syllabus (as of 2/22/2021)

If you are willing to do either an Opening and/or a Closing prayer at one of our sessions, see dates below. Click here for Book Study Prayer Sign-ups

Date Topic Homework
2/10 “Why”
Powerpoint Slides
Read and work through pages 25-38
Blog post topic: My hopes for this study
2/24 “Believe Differently”
Powerpoint Slides
Watch episode 1 of “Race: The Power of an Illusion
(Username: posf | Password: digital)
Work through pages 39-46
Blog post topic: An “Aha” Moment from the Video
3/10 “Race, Genetics, and Biology”
Powerpoint Slides
Watch episode 2 of “Race: The Power of an Illusion
(Username: posf | Password: digital)
Work through pages 47-55
3/24 “A Lie Perpetuated” Watch episode 3 of “Race: The Power of an Illusion
(Username: posf | Password: digital)
Work through pages 57-67
4/14 “The Profit of Race” Watch: Choosing a Race: Overcoming our Racial Antagonism
Work through pages 69-76
Blog post topic: Structural Economic Inequality
4/28 “Disrupting Lies, Living Truth” Watch the Implicit Association video and take the Black White IAT test
Work through pages 77-84
5/12 “Representation, Stereotypes, and Bias” Listen to a podcast from This American Life: The problem We All Live With
Work through pages 85-92
5/26 “Power, Policies, People” Work through pages 93-100
6/9 “After Amen” Prepare to share gratitude, appreciation, 1 pearl and 1 promise
6/23 “Conclusion”

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