Living into God's Dream

Dismantling Racism in America

Catherine Meeks

Nov/2016, 160 Pages, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819233219



An unflinching look at the failure to achieve an equitable society with faith-based approaches to a meaningful racial reconciliation.

While the dream of post-racial America remains unfulfilled and the current turmoil (George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, to name a few), this examination of racism is more relevant and consequential than ever. Living into God’s Dream combines frontline personal stories with theoretical and theological reflections. It aims to forge new and truthful conversations on race and doesn’t shy away from difficult discussions, such as reasons for the failure of past efforts to achieve genuine racial reconciliation and the necessity to honor rage and grief in the process of moving to forgiveness and racial healing.

This collection of nine essays is honest, pragmatic, and courageous in its real-world view of racism and how people of faith and conscience can work together to “dismantle racism.” Review questions at the end of the book, appropriate for individual or group study, can engender deeper discussions and reflections.

Catherine Meeks, PhD, is the former Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies from Wesleyan College, and the former Founding Executive Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service. Dr. Meeks is the author of six books, including The Night is Long but Light Comes in the Morning, the editor of Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, and the co-author of Passionate for Justice: Ida B Wells as Prophet for Our Times. She is the winner of The President Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award, and was one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s notable women in 2022. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University, and a PhD from Emory University. She is the founder of Turquoise and Lavender, an institute for transformation and healing and writes regular opinion pieces for Baptist News Global. Dr. Meeks lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

"There will be no racial reconciliation in America without justice. There will be no justice without racial healing.’ Catherine Meeks writes these words in one of the chapters in this book, and it is the theme woven through the whole work. The authors are animated by a fierce and tender love for humankind wounded by the sin of racism and a profound conviction that God offers us a way through these wounds to new life together. This book is a companion for that journey.” —The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, Bishop of Chicago “Living into God’s Dream presents compelling perspectives on racial healing and justice-making through the voices of a diverse group of authors. The book addresses the complexities of structural and cultural racism, and offers hopeful responses that will resonate with readers, whether they are experienced racial justice advocates or just beginning to explore antiracism ministries. This book is a wonderful resource for Christian communities seeking to deepen their engagement with racial reconciliation.” —Heidi J. Kim, Missioner for Racial Reconciliation, The Episcopal Church “Living into God’s Dream is a gift to the church, to be sure, but it is also a gift to the American people. With insights that penetrate and probe the biases that lurk in the most unexamined chambers of our hearts, these essays will help even the most reluctant readers to grapple with the truth about white privilege, white supremacy, and what it means to be Black in America. Better still, these essays provide us with the tools we need—including the motivation—to take up the hard work of dismantling racism in our time.” —Richard T. Hughes, Lipscomb University and author, Myths America Lives By

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