Becoming Brave

Adult Education Topical Book Study: Sundays, beginning January 10, at 9:30 a.m.

In 2021, you are invited to join the Adult Christian Education Team’s online topical study, which begins reading Becoming Brave on Sunday, January 10. Come learn and grow in faith along with us!

As we enter a new year, Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s Adult Christian Education topical study will begin exploring Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, by Brenda Salter McNeil. This past October, the Reverend Dr. McNeil spoke as part of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s “Race and God’s Mission” series, which was co-sponsored by Shadyside Presbyterian Church among many other partnering organizations. In this, her latest book, Rev. Dr. McNeil uses the book of Esther and a variety of personal experiences to call us out of passivity and into action. As Yale Divinity School professor Willie James Jennings says, “There is no one who understands more clearly what is necessary to move white evangelicals forward beyond their racial captivity than Brenda Salter McNeil, and there is no more important book that must find its way into the hands of students, pastors, Christian activists, and all those who understand the urgency if this moment than Becoming Brave.” And Publisher’s Weekly hails it as a “powerful work” which “provides a road map for any Christian seeking greater racial justice.”

Join us as together we take the next step in understanding and pursuing racial justice. Our first discussion, led by Elder Sharon A. Taylor, begins on Sunday, January 10, at 9:30 a.m. We will continue to meet weekly on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. through February 14.

Order Becoming Brave from your independent bookstore, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon. If cost is an issue, please contact Director of Christian Education Ellen Allston or Elder Sharon Taylor through the church office.

Note: This study will meet virtually via Zoom videoconferencing until further notice due to the COVID-19 countermeasures. The access link is delivered to participants by email on Sunday mornings; please contact the church office to ensure you are on the distribution list.

About the Author

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeilBrenda Salter McNeil (DMin, Palmer Theological Seminary) is a dynamic speaker, author, professor, and thought leader. Her mission is to inspire, equip, and empower emerging Christian leaders to be practitioners of reconciliation. The Reverend Dr. McNeil is associate professor of reconciliation studies at Seattle Pacific University and director of the Reconciliation Studies program. She is also associate pastor of preaching and reconciliation at Quest Church in Seattle. Dr. Brenda is an international trailblazer, leading individuals, communities, and organizations to biblical reconciliation. She was featured as one of the fifty most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012. She is the author of Roadmap to Reconciliation; Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0; A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism, and Race; and The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, co-authored with Rick Richardson.

View videos of Dr. Brenda speaking as part of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s “Race and God’s Mission” series in October 2021: