Summer Book Group Surely we can think of a more interesting and engaging title?
My hope for the summer book group, which I hope will be an annual event, is for us to have conversations about matters of faith, spirituality, and practice. Last summer we read “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” by Karen Armstrong. Armstrong is a TED recipient, from which she started the Charter for Compassion, and the author of 20 books on religion. Our conversations last summer focused on the idea of compassion, what is it and how do we strive to live with compassion.
This year we will read and discuss Joan Chittisters’ book, “Called to Question.”
We will discuss the questions we have about faith, spirituality, and religion. It is not necessary to read the book to participate in the discussion, which will meet Sunday mornings at 9am: June 17, 22, 29, July 22 and 29, and August 19 and 26.
It is not necessary to come to all the sessions, come as you are able.
June 17, at 9am in the Lounge we will discuss the concept of “Spiritual but not Religious” and its converse – “Religious but not Spiritual” and also the idea of “Spiritual and Religious.”
Think about the following;
1. Have you heard these terms before, "Spiritual but not Religious"...etc?
2. If spiritual is the concept of finding God in the world around us and religious is means the institution of the Church (or other religious institutions), where do you think you are along this spectrum?
3. What does religious mean to you?
4. What does spiritual mean to you?
5. How might Christ Church, Dearborn, be helpful to you in this journey of faith?
6. How might Christ Church be more engaged in the spiritual formation of people?
7. How does the institution of the church help or hinder your spiritual life?
8. What other thoughts or questions would you like to discus?
On June 17 we will talk about some or all of these ideas, as they seem relevant to us. Or we may go off on a different tangent. The conversation is open to where ever the group wants to go. We can also have conversations on this blog, if you wish to leave a comment - just be sure to leave your name so we aren't talking to anonymous people.