The Mark 12:31 Team is hosting a book discussion on the fiction novel,
We Are Not Like Them on Monday November 7, 2022 at 7:30PM
at the church.
The authors, Christine Pride and Jo Piazza, invite readers to: “Come for the friendship, stay for the social justice. We hope to give readers a starting point for difficult conversations about race.” The book invites readers to experience how
a tragic killing impacts the lives and friendship of two women, one Black,
one white. Come join our conversation even if you have not read the book.
Everyone is welcome.
In October we gathered to listen to and discuss a podcast titled Separating Yourself from the Pack. It was one episode of the podcast series, Hidden Brain. We learned how our individual opinions and actions toward other people can be influenced by the groups we join, intentionally or unintentionally. One example is that our empathy for the misfortune of another person may be lessened if we see that person as part of a different group as opposed to making a personal connection. Our willingness to resort to more aggressive actions toward others increases if we feel our group is being threatened. Consider how you might feel sitting at a game of your favorite sports team with fans of the other team cheering loudly around you. Our loyalty to a group may fill us with an “Us” vs. “Them” mentality. The presenter stressed that groups can have both a positive and negative affect on us psychologically. Being aware of how our groups can affect us will help us avoid the negative.
Any questions, please contact Kurt Holloway, chair of the Mark 12:31 Team