Friday, May 4, 2018

Discussion Group: "The church was born for this"?

What does it mean to be the church when creation itself is changing?  How do we build resilience into our relationships, our worship, our budget and our building?  As climate change shakes loose the structures of society, what openings will there be to create together new ways of justice?  What skills and stories should we be learning ourselves and teaching our children?

Rev. Jim Antal's new book "Climate Church, Climate World:  How People of Faith Must Work for Change"  will be the springboard for our discussion about how the church is transforming in an intersectional world.  Essentially a reality-based, hope-filled, idea book, each chapter has super short posts linked by a theme (discipleship, worship, prophetic preaching, living hope-filled lives, witnessing together) to help us think together into the future.  Climate change NOT your issue?  We especially need your perspective and life experience.

Join the discussion.  Each week I'll post a reading assignment and questions in CUCC's GoodReads book discussion group: CUCC ReadsYou can read the book and comment at your leisure.  Throughout the week, our discussion will grow as we respond to one another's insights and questions.  Using the GoodReads Group allows us to include people from beyond CUCC and Raleigh.  If you have friends who love to read, please invite them, too.

Your first steps:
1) Pick up a copy of Jim's book this Sunday (May 6) at the conversation with him after worship (rumored 20% discount)  Or order a copy through your local bookstore or online.
2)  Sign into goodreads.com and join CUCC Reads.  Not sure how to do this?  Call me and I'll talk you through it.
3)  Start reading the background sections (instructions on goodreads).

(If anyone would like to have a face-to-face weekly discussion, too, let me know and I'll see if we have enough interest.  smithjeg@mindspring.com)

Jane Smith as part of CUCC's hosting of Rev. Jim Antal