Announcement: Fall Book Club: Baptized in Tear Gas


Join Chaplain Maggie for this fall's book club: "Baptized in Tear Gas" by Elle Dowd. Together we will explore the intersection of Christianity and activism. 

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Participants will have the opportunity to meet three times throughout the semester to talk about the book with other students and may even have the chance to meet with the author (meeting times to be determined).

"For years Elle Dowd considered herself an advocate for justice, but her well-meaning support always took a back burner to what Martin Luther King Jr. called the tension-free, ordered "negative peace" of white moderates. Then Michael Brown, a Black man, was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent Uprising changed everything.

In Baptized in Tear Gas, minister and activist Elle Dowd tells the gripping story of her transformation into an Assata Shakur-reading, courthouse-occupying abolitionist with an arrest record, hungry for the revolution. Thanks to deep relationships with people in Ferguson and St. Louis, and to experiencing a fraction of the system for herself--including the fear of rubber bullets, the shock of sound cannons, and running from tear gas--Dowd fully committed to the work of anti-racism and abolition. Now she wants to help other white allies do the same."