Monday Evening Book Group

Join us on Zoom, Monday Evenings this Fall for a casual discussion
of Help My Unbelief by Fleming Rutledge!

 

Basho, the great Japanese poet of the Edo period, said, ‘A painting of a rice cake does not satisfy hunger.’ That’s usually how it is when reading sermons. Sermons which are read are just processed like anything else that is read. No deep inspiration. No lasting transformation. That being said, I just came across the single most amazing book of sermons I’ve ever read. The Rev. Ms. Fleming Rutledge is an 85-year-old Episcopal Priest, one of the first female priests ordained in the Episcopal Church back in the 1970s, and her sermons are nothing short of brilliant. They hit me like a ton of bricks, and I find I can’t stop thinking about them during the day and week. Unbelievable.

Let’s read them and discuss them together. Five Monday Nights on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. No prerequisites required. Come for as many as you can. You won’t be sorry.

Monday, September 19 – Introduction & The Nature of God

Monday, September 26 – Guilt and Innocence

Monday, October 3 – The Gospel and Religion & Sin, Evil, and Suffering

Monday October 10 – NO MEETING – Indigenous People’s Day/Columbus Day Weekend

Monday, October 17 – Faith and Works

Monday, October 24 – Contemporary Attitudes Towards the Gospel  

These Monday night conversations are open to anyone and everyone, near or far, regular church-goer or convinced agnostic.

1.) Put the above dates in your calendar and plan to join us.

2.) Get the book, Help My Unbelief, 20th Anniversary Edition by Fleming Rutledge, Eerdmans, 2020. Note: there is an older version of this book from 2000, which has the same content. Also, there is another book with a similar title by another author, so don’t buy the wrong one. It’s available on Kindle, hardcover, softcover, new or used or borrowed from the library. Purchase on Amazon HERE!

3.) Read the sermons before the session, take notes of any questions, ideas, thoughts, ponderings, etc., so we all can talk together. It’s going to be fascinating.

Zoom links will be sent in the Friday Union Digest and others can receive the links by contacting the office unioncc@uccgroton.org  Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen and expand your faith in an easily accessible way with other great folks. If you would like to participate and are having trouble purchasing the book for any reason, please reach out to the church office for assistance.

Corey