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!

  • The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong by Karen J. González

    January 20, 27, February 3

    Meet people who have fled their homelands.

    Hagar. Joseph. Ruth. Jesus.

         Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. In The God Who Sees, immigration advocate Karen González recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, González encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him.

         Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. Abraham, Hagar, Joseph, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge. As witnesses to God’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree.

         Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. Find the power of Jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world.

  • 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, 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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