In an effort to create a more diverse and just community of faith, the PVUMC Diversity Team would like to recommend that all church small groups and classes consider reading and discussing a book from the list below. These books are meant to serve as a springboard into important conversations.

For discussions focusing on aging and generational shifts:
Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World by James Emery White

The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older by Kathleen Dowling Singh

For discussions focusing on disability:
Disability in Mission: The Church's Hidden Treasure, edited by David C Deuel/Nathan G John

Disability and the Way of Jesus: Holistic Healing in the Gospels and the Church, by Bethany McKinney Fox

For discussions focusing on human sexuality:
Voices from the Kingdom: All God's Children Have Keys, by Cole Beverly

The Loyal Opposition: Struggling with the Church on Homosexuality, by Tex Sample

For discussions focusing on immigration:
The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong, by Karen Gonzalez

For discussions focusing on inclusion & diversity in general:
People of a Compassionate God: Creating Welcoming Congregations, by Janet Fishburn

For discussions focusing on politics:
I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations, by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Silvers

The Church of Us vs. Them: Freedom from a Faith That Feeds on Making Enemies, by David E. Fitch

For discussions focusing on poverty:
I was Hungry: Cultivating Common Ground to End an American Crisis, by Jeremy K. Everett

On Earth as it is in Heaven: A Faith-Based Toolkit for Economic Justice, by Eric Atcheson

For issues focusing on race:
America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis

Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US, by Lenny Duncan