Christianity for the Rest of Us

Do you remember Diana Butler-Bass’ 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 “new-old” church.

Christianity for the Rest of Us is the title of Diana’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 and  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 you’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!

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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