On the third Tuesdays this summer, we will gather for our summer book series. The books chosen for summer reading touch on important aspects of our life together. Join us in Poteat Chapel at 7:00 PM for great conversation and reflection.
Journey to the Common Good
Tuesday, June 18
Respected author and theologian Walter Brueggemann turns his discerning eye to the most critical yet basic needs of a world adapting to a new era, an era defined in large part by America’s efforts to rebuild from an age of terror even as it navigates its way through an economic collapse. Yet in spite of these great challenges, Brueggemann calls us to journey together to the common good through neighborliness, covenanting, and reconstruction as he distills this challenge to its most basic issues: where is the church going? What is its role in contemporary society? What lessons does it have to offer a world enmeshed in such turbulent times? The answer is the same answer God gave to the Israelites thousands of years ago: love your neighbor and work for the common good. Brueggemann considers biblical texts as examples of the journey now required of the faithful if they wish to move from isolation and distrust to a practice of neighborliness, as an invitation to a radical choice for life or for death, and as a reliable script for overcoming contemporary problems of loss and restoration in a failed urban economy.
The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Tuesday, July 16
Our July selection will help us better understand why the Hope Center at Pullen now serves youth coming out of our foster care system. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, Victoria Jones is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now 18 and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
by Abbot Christopher Jamison
Tuesday, August 20
In a book that grew out of a BBC TV series about life in a monastery, Abbot Christopher Jamison suggests the teachings of St. Benedict are a tool for everyday life. St. Benedict wrote his Rule for monastic living 1,500 years ago when he was abbot of Monte Cassino, the monastery that sits atop an inspiring mountain to the East of Rome. The name, “The Rule of St. Benedict,” often misleads people into thinking that Benedict wrote “a book of rules.” In fact, he wrote insights for Christian living with practical suggestions for daily practice. The insights still guide people today and many of the rules have been adapted to local conditions as Benedict requested. This book explains how St. Benedict’s wisdom can be applied to busy modern lives, and how sanctuary, peace, and insight can be achieved by people living inside and outside of monasteries.
The Abbot’s voice is tuned especially for those who are not sure what they believe, but are looking for ways to find spiritual space and peace in the busy and often confusing modern world. This simple book contains profound wisdom for busy American life.