Necessary Risks: Challenges Privileged People Need to Face

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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Teri McDowell Ott, a Presbyterian minister, received her MDiv from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and her DMin from McCormick Theological Seminary. She served Monmouth College as chaplain and later as dean of the chapel until May 2021. At Monmouth, Ott built a vibrant and diverse religious and spiritual-life ministry and created an educational outreach program with the local men's prison. She now serves as the editor and publisher of the Presbyterian Outlook, the only independent news publication of the Presbyterian Church (USA).


"Ott's remarkable book traces her slow coming to terms with her White privilege, in spite of her progressive, inclusive intent. It is perhaps the hardest, but also most important, lesson for all of us to learn." --John M. Buchanan, pastor emeritus, the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, and former editor/ publisher, The Christian Century

"The only risk is not moving, not trying, not succeeding, not relating, and not belonging in the struggle for justice, equity, and love. In short, they risk their own futures if they do not create conditions for BIPOC and other marginalized communities to thrive." --Patrick B. Reyes, author of The Purpose Gap

"Book and Bible-study groups and courageous preachers will find in this text a conversion guide that helps them and the Holy Spirit do the work that one's soul must do." --Rev. Dr. Angela Cowser, associate professor of Black Church Studies; associate dean of Black church studies and doctor of ministry, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

"Ott takes a tremendous risk in challenging each of us to be better, to do more, and to risk learning from one other. Her book is not a condemnation of whites but an attempt to better understand the connection between race and struggle." --Jimmie R. Hawkins, director of the PC(USA) Advocacy Offices, Office of Public Witness and Ministry at the United Nations

"Necessary Risks challenges the reader through a personal narrative filled with stories, resources, and thought-provoking reflective activities encourage readers to learn to move beyond the fear, take risks, and move the racial conversation forward." --Eddie Moore Jr., PhD, founder and program director, The White Privilege Conference