Expressions of Interest: Book Study Group for the Fall
Would you be interested in a study group where members read a chapter or agreed section of a book each week?
In reality it is probable that this would be online. One suggestion Philip has is 'Dear Church - A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.'
The description is as follows:
Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work--drawing a direct line between the church's lack of diversity and the church's lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.
Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the church's renewal through racial equality and justice.
It is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.
Dear Church also features a discussion guide at the back--perfect for church groups, book clubs, and other group discussion.
Expressions of interest are invited via the office, if you would like to join. Likely a weekday evening or on a Sunday - please let Maria know if you would be interested and preferred day. If there is sufficient interest, we will run this starting in the Fall and see where it takes us.