March 23, 2023 1:30pm
Address: Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 1550 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills, MI US 48309
We are reading Baptized by Teargas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist. ELCA Pastor Elle Dowd tells the story of her transformation following the death of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, while taking part in the uprising that followed Brown’s death.
“Like in baptism, this transformation requires parts of us to die: our lack of power analysis, our commitment to white niceness, our tone policing, our respectability politics- -all of those impulses we have been socialized by since birth must die so that something new can be resurrected in our lives and in the world. The uprising in Ferguson changed Dowd, and through it, God made her into something new. Now it’s our turn.” (Amazon review)