Books That Matter


Books That Matter is a series of discussions on books that delve into race and privilege in America. It is led by partners of the Summit Interfaith community. Participants may attend one or all of the sessions and are not required to have read the books in advance (although it obviously helps).

In 2016, we are offering three series:

  • Thirty Days of Love: From MLK Day to Valentine’s Day, we are reading and discussing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. Over four sessions, we are discussing the themes within the book of what it means to “lose your body;” The Dream and “those who believe themselves to be white;” and The Mecca. We are also exploring Coates’ understanding of Malcolm X. It is co-hosted by UCS and St. John’s Lutheran Church and co-led by their ministers.
  • UntitledSeason of Lent: Over four Sundays at 1:30 pm from February 21st through March 13th, we are reading two books: Debby Irving’s Waking Up White and Tim Wise’s White Like Me. You pick your book, or read both. It is hosted by Christ Church in Summit.
  • Speaker on Wed, March 9th at 7:30 pm: Debby Irving – the author of Waking Up White – will be speaking in Summit at Congregation Beth Hatikvah, 36 Chatham Road in Summit.
  • Season of Passover: We will be discussing Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.