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.
As with any Festschrift (and this one is for Darrell Guder), the collection can be somewhat uneven. Nonetheless, Converting Witness ranges over topics such as catholicity, sending and Barth, integral mission, and mission as interfaith witness and may well make this volume worth picking up and pondering. Give it a go and let me know what you think.
I spend my vacations reading poetry. To be honest, poetry is key to my daily as well as yearly survival on this planet so it’s probably more accurate to say: on vacation I read a lot of poetry! This collection is a good introduction to the laureate’s voice. “If these words can do anything/ if these songs can do anything/ I say bless this house/ with stars./ Transfix us with love.”
Part biography and part historical, social, and philosophical analysis, Ibram X. Kendi answers fundamental questions on what racism means and what might be a just answer to its ongoing prevalence in discourses, structures, and policies. “Our world is suffering from metastatic cancer. Stage 4. Racism has spread to nearly every part of the body politic...the heartbeat of racism is denial; the heartbeat of antiracism is confession.” (p.234–235)