Summer Book Study: Trouble I’ve Seen

In our recent pastoral letter addressing racial injustice, we invited you to read How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi this summer.  After further investigation, we have realized that this book is generally unavailable (we were able to find only 6 copies).

Another great book study option has come to light: Dr. Drew G.I. Hart’s book Trouble I’ve Seen, which approaches racism in the context of church and the teachings of Jesus. Dr. Hart is a professor of theology at Messiah College, an anti-racism leader and a social change practitioner.  For more information on Professor Hart and his book, go to

“At a time when there is so much pain in our country about racial injustice, it is crucial that the church find ways to discuss and respond.”

“In this raw, honest, truth-telling book, Drew Hart offers himself his life, his story, his tears, his fire in the most vulnerable way in the hopes of interrupting the vulgar disposability of black lives in our society. This book is a gift from the heart of one of the sharpest young theologians in this country. Hold it carefully, and allow it to transform you and our blood-stained streets. Drew Hart’s Trouble I’ve Seen is a memoir in the tradition of the blues…it is theological blues…and it will move you to do something about the ugly residue of racism that still haunts us.” — Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution

If you are interested in ordering a book through the church office, please contact Becky Barbusca by Monday, June 8 at We will arrange opportunities for online discussions of the book in July and August.