Do you remember Diana Butler-Bassâ€™ book The Practicing Congregation? Our Vision Team read it two years ago, and it sparked lots of the development that we currently enjoy in our â€œnew-oldâ€ church.
Christianity for the Rest of Us is the title of Dianaâ€™s new book. In it, she claims that there is a future for mainline Christianity that finds itself excluded from the majority of American right-wing religion. She delineates this in Christianity for the Rest of Us.
We have always had a special program during Lent. This year we have a chance of looking into this new book andÂ appropriating it for our situation. I, for one, am weary of equating our form of mainline Protestantism exclusively with decline of membership and financial resources! Why not learn a little about how to discern the signs of emerging energy and growth instead? And why not look a little beyond our own margins and see whether we can be part of a larger trend that would help us find voice and momentum?
There will be five sessions on consecutive Wednesdays, beginning February 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. We will read excerpts from the book, discuss them, and apply them to the circumstance of our situation here in New Brunswick. It is not necessary to purchase the book, but if youâ€™d like to, it sells online at Amazon for about $11. The ISBN is 978-0-06-085949-7.
Hope to see you on February 13th!