Discipleship is a calling of all of us on the path of faith; it means to practice, learn, and grow in the way of our faith–that is, into the fullness of life. Some of us at St. Matthew’s have sought to do this through Centering Prayer and/or book studies. We also would like to have a small group that meets for sharing, learning and growth; possibly this will begin in the fall.
The book studies are purposefully accessible and each session is made to stand alone, so that you may participate regardless of whether you are reading the book and whether you have attended any prior sessions. Book study sessions are after the Sunday morning service in the upstairs of the church; bring a lunch, or share the snacks provided.
FALL BOOK STUDY: The study for this fall will be of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. We acknowledge the limitations of this book: its narrowness regarding understandings of family, gender, the nature of God. However, the author’s authenticity, her refusal to deny the reality of experience (notably of suffering), and her willingness to test her faith and understandings against the brutality of life make this a reading both worthwhile and potentially transformative.
Future possibilities include:
Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology — Pamela Lightsey
Learning to Walk in the Dark — Barbara Brown Taylor
A People’s History of Christianity — Diana Butler Bass
Recent book studies include:
Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life by Marjorie Thompson
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone