2017 Lenten Book Study
America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
by Jim Wallis

Lenten Book Study Repeat

Wednesdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9 and 16 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

For anyone who was unable to participate in the Lenten book study this last spring, Pastor Peter and Pastor John are offering a group study time this summer. Many of those who were able to participate in the Lenten study found the experience to be eye-opening and very meaningful. To register, please call the church office at 651-633-6476 or sarah@lifeatctk.org. Plan to purchase your own copy of the book. A participant’s guide will be provided.


Registration period for the 2017 Lenten book Study is now closed. If you'd like to purchase a book and follow along on your own, please contact Director of Small Group Ministry Melodee Rossi

About the book

Why now? Why CtK?

This impulse to bring this conversation to Christ the King arose out of a conference attended last fall by CtK members and staff entitled, “Journeying toward Justice: Privilege and Race in Our Church.” Coming away from the conference, CtK members felt called to bring the issues of justice, particularly racial justice, back to our congregation. 

The goal of using this book for the study is not convince or persuade participants to think one way or the other; the goal is bring awareness and equip ourselves further on how to have respectful and empathetic conversations around difficult, but important issues.

We hope that this study will help us as a congregation to take steps towards justice and reconciliation with our neighbors.

Participant Resources


Session One

“Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival”
Video Length: 1:53
Use: Recommended to watch together as a group.

“It’s Time to Talk About ‘Black Privilege’”
Video Length: 1:32 minutes
Use: Recommended to watch together as a group.

“White Privilege Is The Benefit Of White Supremacy”
Video Length: 3:40 minutes; other option

Session Two

“A Conversation About Growing Up Black”
Video Length: 5:18 minutes

“The Conflicts Along 1,172 Miles of the Dakota Access Pipeline”
by Gregor Aisch and K. K. Rebecca Lai
Preview the New York Times article

The Implicit Bias test
Mentioned on pg. 84

Session Three

“You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught” from South Pacific
First performed on Broadway in 1949, lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.
Referred to on pg. 82.

Martin Luther King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail."

A letter from Christian Churches Together (2013)
ELCA is a member of the organization Christian Churches Together.

What Happened When a Black and White Church Merged in Florida
A large, growing urban Black congregation reaches out to a suburban White congregation to join as one, Shiloh Baptist Church and it is working very well.

Session Four

Elevating the Issues: Mass Incarceration
Video Length: 7:54 minutes
Referred to on pg. 130. Recommended from the end of last session.

Washington Post statistics on fatal police shootings since 2015

Steven Colbert’s interview with the Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow.”

TED talk by Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow.”
Video Length: 23:38 minutes.

The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality
Ta-Nehisi Coates explores how mass incarceration has affected African American families.
Video Length: 3:09 minutes

Session Five

The Refugee Screening Process Explained
Former Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, explains the process of refugees entering the US.
Video Length: 4:00 minutes

Faith Groups Push for Immigration Reform
Evangelical Latino Pastor speaks about immigration
Video Length: 4:32 minutes

100 Women 100 Miles: A Call for Immigration Reform
Video Length: 1:49 minutes
One person speaks in Spanish and it is not translated, but the messages from the other women are good.