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A Book Discussion Of

Reading while black

by Esau McCaulley
Thursdays March 25th & April 8th

7pm via Zoom 

The Compassion, Mercy, Justice Ministry at Newton Covenant Church invites you to join us for this two-part book discussion.

Our time together will be led by our Do Justice team, including Liana Asim and guest co-host Haven Jones. Our hope is to create a safe space to converse about the book and grow together as individuals and as a community.


All (age 12+) are welcome to join so please invite family and friends who would be interested in being part of the

conversation. One easy way to share this with others is by following us on Facebook and Instagram, where we'll be posting

updates weekly about the event. Simply order the book, read it on your own, and bring your thoughts and questions to share.

Let us know you're coming by filling out the registration form below and feel free to reach out to the

CMJ Team at with questions or for more info. 

A Note About Reading:

As we'll be discussing this book over two sessions, we will look at the 1st half of the book on March 25th,

followed by the latter half on April 8th. While we encourage you to read ahead of time, it's not required, so don't let it stop you

from joining us! And if you are feeling short on time or energy, we recommend starting with the last three chapters - on Black Identity, Anger, and Slavery. In any event, we hope you join us and bring an open heart which is a great place to begin

any good conversation.


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Our Hosts
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Haven Jones grew up attending NPC/NCC with her two older brothers and parents (Harold & Geneinde Jones, current NCC members). As a first-generation black American, she has spent significant time considering issues related to race, culture, identity, and equity within her personal and professional life. Haven currently lives in Boston, where she works as a clinical social worker within the Boston Public Schools district; in this role, she both provides individual therapy services for middle school students and facilitates trainings related to racial equity and trauma-informed practices for BPS educators. Haven attends Reality Church Boston and is an active volunteer with her church's growing youth ministry. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and holds degrees from Harvard College (BA in psychology) and Boston University (MSW and EdM). Haven loves reading and asking questions, and is excited to join the NCC congregation in discussing Reading While Black!



Liana is an active and committed member of our church community, serving in many ways including Children's Ministry, Prayer Ministry, and most recently as part of the Compassion Mercy Justice team. Liana is a wife, mother of 5, grandmother of 2, and she loves the Lord. Hallelujah!

This event is hosted by Do Justice - part of our Compassion, Mercy, Justice Team. 

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About The Book

Dr. McCaulley’s second book is Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope (IVP academic, 2020). Reading While Black looks at the tradition of African American biblical interpretation and argues that Bible reading has often functioned as a a source of hope in the Black community. He also contends that the Bible rightly understood and read from a decidedly black perspective can speak a word of hope to African Americans today.

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Who is Esau McCaulley?

The Rev. Canon Esau McCaulley, PhD is a New Testament scholar and an Anglican Priest. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews where he studied under the direction of N.T. Wright. His research and writing focus on Pauline theology, African American Biblical interpretation, and articulating a Christian theology of justice in the public square

His doctoral dissertation, called Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance, was published by T & T Clark in 2019. Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance looks at the role Jewish messianism played in Paul’s argument in Galatians that Jesus has made believers heirs in the Messiah to the Abrahamic promises. His second book, Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an

Exercise in Hope, was published by Intervarsity Academic press (September, 2020). Reading While Black looks at the tradition of African American biblical interpretation and argues that the Bible rightly understood and read from a decidedly black perspective can speak a word of hope to African Americans in the United States.

Alongside these more academic works, he writes popular pieces. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He has also appeared in outlets such as Christianity Today and the Washington Post. He is also the host of the Disrupters Podcast and functions as a Canon Theologian for his diocese.

Dr. McCaulley, currently, serves as assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He is married to Mandy, a pediatrician and a Navy reservist. Together, they have four wonderful children.

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