New Book Study

New Book Study

Join a Book Study: White Awake by Daniel Hill
Starts Nov. 7 – Jan. 16, Sundays @ 4pm
You may attend in-person or online. Please register via the Connect Cards in worship.

Beginning Sunday, November 7 at 4 pm and concluding Sunday, January 16, we have a new small group opportunity (skipping two weeks for Christmas and New Year’s). This study is for anyone who would like to understand their white culture better and is new to the conversation about racism. The book is White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to Be White, by Daniel Hill.

The following is a summary from the GoodReads website.

Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words: Daniel, you may be white, but don’t let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture.

Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. And in this compelling and timely book, he shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening.

It’s crucial to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity. This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.


This study will be done hybrid style: there will be people gathering together in-person in the Conference Room of the Worship Education Center which is set up to accommodate people via Zoom who are not able to be in-person at this time.

The leader of this study is Jim Downey. Prior to COVID, he sometimes attended the Men’s Breakfast Group at Ingomar Church.

Bio – Jim Downey
Dr. Jim Downey is a Senior Strategy Consultant. He most recently served as the Vice President for Planning & Institutional Effectiveness at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as part of a 30-year career in higher education.
Jim consults with colleges and universities, non-profit organizations and teaches various online courses, including introductory physics. He also works with the Society of College & University Planning as a professional development facilitator. Additionally, Jim is active in a variety of capacities including anti-racism work as both a workshop facilitator and presenter and serving on the board of Bridge to the Mountains, a non-profit assisting people through street medicine and related services. Jim holds a graduate degree in nuclear physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois. He also was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Jim has broad background in national security policy, systems thinking, organizational theory and culture, change management, strategic & facilities planning, higher education administration, and institutional effectiveness.