Understanding our Changing World

Raising awareness

Part of our mission as Christians is to stay informed, understand our world and raise awareness with others so that we may serve more effectively. To that end, we engage with other like-minded organizations in bringing seminars, book studies and lectures to Saint James.

Say the Wrong Thing Book Study

April 4, 11 & 18, 2018; 7 – 8 PM
Parish House Forum Room

Join us in the Saint James Parish House Forum Room for a frank discussion about creating racial justice and a strong sense of shared community. As in years past, we are teaming up with Trinity Lutheran to offer this study to members of both congregations. Members of the Healing Racism committee at the Lancaster Society of Friends will be facilitating our discussions.

Part memoir and part social commentary, Dr. Amanda Kemp’s short book provides insight and strategies for creating racial justice and a strong sense of shared community. Her voice is vulnerable and personal as she reflects on her own interracial relationship, parenting her Black teenaged son, and making art in the age of Black Lives Matter. Her short essays leave you cheering and hopeful.

About Dr. Amanda Kemp

Amanda Kemp graduated from Stanford University and earned a PhD from Northwestern University. She has taught at the university level for over a decade and served as a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Lecturer. The Founder of Theatre for Transformation, Kemp has reached over 25,000 people in her artistic and academic residencies at schools, colleges, and faith gatherings. She is currently touring INSPIRA: The Power of the Spiritual. When not traveling, she resides in Lancaster, PA with her husband violinist Michael Jamanis, their five children and chocolate lab Jake.

Learn more or purchase the book

Immaculate Perception, Jerry Kang

TED Talk, San Diego, January 28, 2014
Do you discriminate? UCLA law professor Jerry Kang exposes the phenomenon of automatic processing and how it relates to explicit and implicit bias. Decades of research shows that attitudes and stereotypes influence how we see and behave. Despite our best efforts, are we all under the sway of “the rightness of whiteness?” And is there evidence showing that these biases can be reduced — at least temporarily? Using humor and audience participation, Kang challenges our assumptions while shifting our perceptions of at least one Asian male.



General Commission on Religion and
Race of The United Methodist Church

Published on Feb 21, 2017
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy and has been an anti-racist educator, and has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades. This justification, which she calls “white fragility,” is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.