So You Want to Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo. seal press, 2019.


As a first step to address racism, this straightforward book shares the language of racism and ways to have productive conversations.


each chapter addresses conversations about race, attention to microaggressions, insight regarding white privilege

Recommended Audience

clergy, laity and nonprofit partner


Purchase as book, e-book, or audio book

Practical Applications

  • Discuss race with clergy peers by studying this book together.
  • Agree on shared language and values before partnering with nonprofits or other organizations.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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