Monday Evening Book Studies

Mondays, 6:15–7:30pm in the Library Lounge

Read, then join us for one of our three-week book studies. We’ll discuss topics such as mercy, hospitality, compassion, and ways that the modern church is changing. Copies of the books are available for pickup from the church office. Donations to offset the cost of the books are welcome, but not required. We hope to see you there!

  • Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor

    January 20, 27, February 3

    In Holy Envy, Barbara Brown Taylor reflects on what she has learned while teaching world religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia. She contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques. She reflects on how the faith of her received tradition (Episcopalian) is both challenged and enriched by other approaches to the Holy, and in the process invites the rest of us to think about our received traditions and our encounters with difference.

  • Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levine

    March 16, 23, 30

    The story of the Passion of Jesus rests at the core of Christianity, yet the story is so familiar that many people never study the texts that tell the story to find its meaning for today. Dr. Levine has written a deep yet easily accessible meditation, useful to Christians and Jews, believers and agnostics alike. Through a dramatic retelling of the death of Jesus that brought new life meaning into the world, the author focuses primarily on risk-taking behavior — that of Jesus — and ultimately our own. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience. For practicing Christians, Dr. Levine de-familiarizes the Passion tale just enough that the story will be considered freshly.

  • Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben

    April 20, 27, May 4

    Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature alerted us to global warming. But the danger is broader: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience. Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building 350.org, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history — and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away. Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.

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