Racism is a name-caller. It warps self-concept, saps vibrant communities, and atrophies spiritual connection. Although it takes different forms, racism works hard shaping the identities of both white people and people of color. Using anecdote, analysis, and scriptural reflection, Set Free offers language and insight to describe the names racism calls us. Six chapters define, illustrate, and suggest response to internalized racist oppression among communities of color. Three more chapters grapple with issues of internalized racist superiority among white communities. The final four chapters present practical principles and guidelines for working together across racial lines. This collaborative project by Tobin Miller Shearer, Regina Shands Stoltzfus, and Iris deLeon-Hartshorn brings together decades of mutual experience dismantling racism in the Christian community. 168 Pages.
Tobin Miller Shearer is Associate Professor of History and Director of African American Studies at the University of Montana. He is the author of Daily Demonstrators: The Civil Rights Movement in Mennonite Homes and Sanctuaries and Enter the River: Healing Steps from White Privilege to Racial Reconciliation and coauthor of Set Free: A Journey toward Solidarity against Racism.
Regina Shands Stoltzfus is the associate pastor at Lee Heights Community Church in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the cofounder of Damascus Road antiracism process and has worked with Mennonite Central Committee and the Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church. Regina is married to Art Stotlzfus and coparent of four children.
Iris de Leon-Hartshorn is the director of the Peace and Justice Ministries Department of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Iris lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband Leo Hartshorn. They are the parents of three children.