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 purchase from the church office. We hope to see you there!

  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stephenson

    September 10, 17; October 1

    Bryan Stevenson is the self-effacing author of this terrific book about the legal war he has waged against cruel, unjust sentencing practices in this country for over three decades now. His history of founding and working for the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, is told through real case histories of real people who were subjected to degradation and inhumane treatment that will shock you, anger you, and bring you to tears.

         He will be giving the 2018 Mills Distinguished Lecture at SUNY Oneonta on September 24 at 7pm; we hope to go to the lecture as a group.

  • Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine Pohl

    October 15, 22, 29

    Although hospitality was central to Christian identity and practice in earlier centuries, our generation knows little about its life-giving character. Making Room revisits the Christian foundations of welcoming strangers and explores the necessity, difficulty, and blessing of hospitality today. 

         Combining rich biblical and historical research with extensive exposure to contemporary Christian communities, this book shows how understanding key features of hospitality can better equip us to faithfully carry out the practical call of the gospel.

         The study of this book is intended pair with the Church Retreat at Stony Point (October 12–14), which will have the theme of “Radical Hospitality.”

  • The Church Has Left the Building: Faith, Parish, and Ministry in the Twenty-First Century edited by Michael Plekon

    January 21, 28; February 4

    The origin of the phrase “the church has left the building” lies with Elvis Presley. In order to clear halls of his riotous fans after concerts, it was announced that “Elvis has left the building.” Here, the expression highlights intense change within the church. Not only does the church change for its own existence, it also does so for the life of the world. The church cannot avoid the many past and future changes of our constantly transforming society, demographic changes long in process.

         In The Church Has Left the Building, Michael Plekon compiles moving testimonies about what it means to depart from the structures that have held and sustained us. The voices in this book do not gloss over our situation with magical solutions or blind denial. Instead, they present real reflections of what it means to be church today. Through their honest grief, gratitude and liberation, they call out with a deeply hopeful vision.

  • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong

    March 18, 25; April 1

    Karen Armstrong provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.

         The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Armstrong teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.

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