This Lent, we are challenging the congregation to read one book about anti-Black racism, and then spend an evening discussing the book with others. This challenge has been put to other churches in the North Toronto Cluster, so they have been invited  to join the discussion nights and to lead some of the sessions. Some of the dates are still TBA, but the book list is firm. The books are a mix of authors from Canada and the United States, all but one of whom are Black, both women and men. They all challenge racism and provide strategies for doing so in our lives.  The challenge is simple: choose one book to read during Lent, and come to a discussion night ready to talk and listen. 

Policing Black Lives, Robyn Maynard
Tuesday, May 4th at 7 p.m. Moderated by Rev. Stephen Milton

Maynard is a Black Canadian whose book provides a richly detailed, scholarly account of how anti-Black racism permeates Canadian society, and has done so since the first Europeans arrived here and imported enslaved Blacks to New France. Excellent book for anyone who thinks that anti-Black racism is an American problem only.

Here is access to the Zoom Link

Meeting ID 824 5074 7656

If you are having trouble with the link on your computer, you can call in at 647 374 4685
meeting ID 82450747656# 


How to be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
Wednesday, February 24th at 7 p.m.
Amanda McFarlan from LPCC Affirming Committee will moderate the discussion
Ibram X. Kendi is a best selling author and historian, and a regular contributor to the Atlantic Magazine. In his latest book he argues that to end racism we can’t just be against racism, but we have to be actively anti-racist. Being against racism without doing anything about it is the same as condoning it. All are welcome.
Please read the book; or watch the attached interview with Professor Kendi.
Click here to watch Ted Talk "The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist"
Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad
Wednesday, March 3rd at 7 p.m.

Anne Simmonds of Rosedale United will moderate the discussion

Please bring paper and pen to this discussion.

Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.

Here is the Zoom link to access the Me and White Supremacy -
Passcode: i02Hbx

Zoom Meeting ID: 876 1105 9830 

If you are having trouble with the link on your computer, you can call in at 647 374 4685
meeting ID 876 1105 9830#.


The Skin We're In, Desmond Cole
Tuesday, March 16th at 7 p.m.

Maggie Wilkinson from ESG will moderate the discussion

Cole is a Black Canadian, briefly a journalist for the Toronto Star before being unjustly dismissed for being too much of an activist. His book is an excellent chronicle of the acts of racism which made news ( or were kept quiet) in 2017, mostly in Toronto. Cole does a very good job of providing insight into how anti-Black racism works on the personal and systemic level in Toronto.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 825 8919 2514
Passcode: 669341

If you are having trouble with the link on your computer, you can call in at 647 374 4685
meeting ID 825 8919 2514# Passcode: 669341

White Fragility, Robin D’Angelo
Wednesday, March 24th at 7 p.m.

Moderators will be Cathy Smith, Liz Cain and Wendy Dryden from Rosedale United Church.

D'Angelo is a white American woman who runs racism awareness workshops in the corporate sector. This book explores the ways in which whites see Blacks through racist stereotypes, and at the same time deny that they are doing so, at work and in society generally.

Click here to access the Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 871 3424 3297
Passcode: 849545

If you are having trouble with the link on your computer, you can call in at 647 374 4685
meeting ID 87134243297# Passcode: 849545

Crosshairs, Catherine Hernandez
Wednesday, March 31st at 8:15 p.m. ( new time)

Rev. Stephen Milton from LPCC will moderate discussion

Hernandez is a Toronto-based author who writes fiction from a queer BIPOC perspective. Her first novel was Scarborough, which looked at the lives of racialized poor people in that part of the city. Crosshairs is the tale of a racist takeover of Toronto by the Ontario government, set in the very near future. Black, brown and queer people are rounded up or on the run. Hernandez deftly extrapolates from the present to a racist future that looks all the more plausible after the January 6th insurrection in the US.  

Here is the Zoom link to access Crosshairs

Zoom Meeting ID: 891 2676 7854 

If you are having trouble with the link on your computer, you can call in at 647 374 4685
meeting ID 891 2676 7854#.
Between the World and Me, Ta Nahesi Coates
Tuesday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Moderator will be Laura Schlee from Fairlawn Avenue United Church.

Between the World and Me is a letter from Coates to his son, sharing the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world as a Black man through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
Zoom Link for April 6th

Meeting ID: 838 6645 8444

Passcode: 246700
So you want to talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo
Date to be announced

Oluo is an African American woman. In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

No discussion night has been planned for this book but it is on our recommendation list.
Please take a read.