‘We Need to talk about Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches by Ben Lindsay is my TBR book for October 2019 and this is for two reasons.
First I went to the book launch and discussion on 28th October. The event was thought provoking and got me reflecting on some personal experiences. It was held in the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral in central London. For a cold night, it was well attended by both Black and White people. It was also nice hear about the book directly from the author, hear his reasons for writing the book and Ben also shared some personal experiences.
At the book launch, there were speeches from three other Black Christians about their experiences in White majority churches. Collectively, their experiences, covered different generations and experiences at the Church of England and other denominations.
The second reason for this book as a TBR is that October is Black History Month in the UK. Personally, it is not something I play close attention to but at this time of year there are lots of events about Black experiences many of which seem to focus on slavery and migration. Whilst this book is not directly about these topics, I can’t help but think that some of the issues in the book are as a direct result of the effects and impacts of slavery and migration.
‘We Need to talk about Race’ is about faith, Christianity and the institution of the Church. And off course there are personal stories.
Maybe it is just me, but I feel that the title of this book is reminiscent of a book also on race entitled, ‘ Why I am no longer talking to White people about race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Anyways, that is neither here nor there as this book is focused on race and the church, a very emotive subject and this book may be a starting point to having difficult conversations amongst Christians.