Adult education during Advent has been a long tradition in our church. This year, we will be reading parts of Jonathan Sacks: The Dignity of Difference. How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations, (New York / London: Continuum 2001.)
The book is important, because it has an uncomplicated way of helping us understand some of the great trends of our time and their impact not only on us as modern believers, but on our lives in general. Readers will learn why many houses of worship are in decline, and how this is only a part of the way our society develops in general. Sacks, who is England’s Chief Rabbi, tries to balance his observations with what he calls the intentional pursuit of the “Dignity of Difference”.
To me, the book is as important a milestone as was Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Moral Man and Immoral Society” a lifetime ago. If you like, please purchase The Dignity of Difference on your own – although this is not a condition to attend the class. The price should be around $12.00. The class will meet on these two dates; as arranged with Ben, there will be no choir rehearsal on these evenings:
- Wednesday, December 26, 7:30-9:00PM, Randolph Room
- Wednesday, January 2, 7:30-9:00PM, Randolph Room