February – March 2016 Book Study Group

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Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith,
by Cannon, Harper, Jackson, and Rah
February 10 and 24 / March 9 and 23, 2-3 pm, Lounge
Christianity in America has a bad reputation – a public image marked by hurtful attitudes toward homosexuals, women, minorities, followers of other religions, and others outside our fold.  Though this image is sometimes unfair, we must admit: Too often, this reputation is deserved.

In this short 2014 book, four Christian leaders confess the church’s public failings and call on fellow believers to reengage the surrounding culture in a new and transformative way.  With 7 sections to match the 7 Wednesdays of Lent, might this be a timely challenge for collective confession and repentance?

Order your copy through the office at an estimated cost of ~$17 (if ordered by January 25) OR obtain your own copy.  Even if you are not able to read the book, you are welcome to attend and participate in the discussions.  If you have any questions—about the book authors, or discussion—please contact Chris Zepp.

Book Study – 2015

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2015

  • Searching for Sunday:  Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans – November 4 & 18, 2 – 3 pm.
  • On the Beach of Possibility: Hope for the Future from Brethren Voices – October 24 & 28, 2 – 3 pm.
  • You Don’t have to be Wrong for Me to be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus Borg

Book Study – 2014

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2014

  • The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls by Elizabeth Gerhardt
  • Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity, edited by David Csinos and Melvin Bray
  • An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Gandhi & Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence by Terrence J. Rynne
  • Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel