January 14 – May 31, 2019
About the Book & Event
In a moment of spontaneous adventure while in college, George Williamson joined a group of fellow Wake Forest University students who joined the Greensboro, NC sit-in movement, the first whites to do so, and this before “sit-in” was even a word. His college mentor, Mac Bryan, bailed him out, introduced him to the words “civil disobedience,” and launched him into a lifetime of addressing the United States’s hideous racial history.
With this dawn’s crack, light began to illumine his awareness of a larger horizon of corruption: the specific threat of nuclear weapons and, more generally, the US’s warmongering habits and imperial impulses; our inherited and reinforced patterns not just of sexual discrimination but outright misogyny; and then an increasingly prophetic engagement with the forces of homophobia (especially within the church) and devoted pastoral presence within the LGBTQ community.
George relates all this and more in his hilarious, prophetic and timely memoir Born in Sin, Upended in Grace. The book illuminates the past, casts a searing light on the present and presents a stirring call to prophetic action.
Join us as George offers the sermon at St. John’s Baptist Church and/or for a reading from his memoir and question and answer time afterwards. You are welcome to attend either or both. Lunch will be offered for $10 per person between worship and the book reading, but those who do not want lunch can join the conversation without making a reservation.
St. John's Baptist Church
300 Hawthorne Ln
Charlotte, NC 28204