Bridge Builders Reading Group

Bridge Builders Reading Group is an ecumenical, multicultural group of people who seek to gain understanding of each other and the issues caused by racism in United States life today.

Since the fall of 2016, Westover Hills has sponsored, in conjunction with an ecumenical planning team, two book series per year. Each spring and fall, we have met four or five evenings to discuss a book that illuminates some aspect of racism-related issues. We offer information and structure discussions around our experience and our strong hope for a positive future. We offer each other honesty, respect, confidentiality and a desire to see each other as unique and beloved.

Since the fall of 2016 we have engaged with the following books:

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Chaos, J. D. Vance

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement, Dr. William J. Barber II

The Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, Michael Eric Dyson

Re-Thinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores, Dominique DuBois Gilliard

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson

Currently, The Half Has Never Been Told, Slavery & the Making of American Capitalism, Edward Baptist

Our reading leads each of us to discern our own will to take positive action.