Faith Seeking Understanding
Posted on January 26, 2017 | Posted by Pastor Daniel
Two truths have emerged in recent years in America: We have many different experiences of America, and we don’t know one another’s experience.
As an attempt to bridge that divide, you’re invited to join a new book club, “Faith Seeking Understanding.” We’ll be reading two books this winter/spring, and you’re encouraged to join us.
Each participant is making three commitments:
- Read both books. We’ll first be reading Ta-Nehisi Coate’s Between the World and Me (2015 National Book Award winner) about what it means to be black in America. Then, we’ll read Arlie Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land (2016 National Book Award finalist) about conservatism in Louisiana’s bayou country.
- Read seeking to understand. You don’t have to agree with the books or even like them. But you are asked to read seeking to understand citizens of our country better.
- Join the conversation, faithfully and kindly. When we gather to discuss the books, we’ll come with different points of view. Do you best to join these conversations, and be sure to listen to one another and be kind.
We’ll discuss Between the World and Me in early March and Strangers in Their Own Land in April or May. The exact dates will be decided with participants. To join the book club, purchase each book (or visit your local library!) and email Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 8th. Both books are available on Amazon, at your local book store, and at PPLD. If you need help purchasing a book, let Daniel know.
All are invited, including friends from outside Ascension!
(The idea for this book club, and the image, were found in this NPR article.)