Each month the Bishop Payne Library invites
a member of the VTS faculty
to share what books they are reading
for research, curriculum or pleasure.
The Rev. Joseph Thompson, Ph.D., is the Director of Multicultural Ministries and Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies. These are his “picks” for the monthly series:
Austin Channing Brown, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (Convergent 2018)
In this lively and engaging text, Brown presents her personal account of the everyday challenges, frustrations, and joys of living as an African American woman. She places her own experiences in the context of broader interpersonal and institutional racism. I’m Still Here provides valuable insights on how individual behaviors and social structures work together to create oppressive experiences for people of color. It also offers great wisdom on how to maintain one’s dignity in spite of oppression.
Katherine Sonderegger, Systematic Theology: Volume 1, The Doctrine of God (Fortress 2015)
This erudite text by one of VTS’s own radiates the author’s love of God. As Sonderegger expounds upon divine oneness and humility, as well as the challenges that modern perspectives pose to traditional doctrines, her prose is often poetic. Even for the non-specialist (like me!), it is an uplifting and thought-provoking read that I have treasured in this time of pandemic and protest.
Miguel A. De La Torre, Burying White Privilege: Resurrecting a Badass Christianity (Eerdmans 2019)
De La Torre here issues a searing indictment of white Christianity, which he defines as any version of the faith that is focused on maintaining white supremacy and power as opposed to honoring the “communal aspects and responsibilities of the gospel.” The author does not mince words. This book will surely grab your attention and provoke serious reflection.