Given the startling realities and challenges of a pandemic-shaped world, we’ll dive into the wisdom of a theologian and pastor who knew the cost such difficulties bring to communities of faith. Each week we’ll read a chapter or two of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic, Life Together, and share our insights in a conversation facilitated by Mark Harper. Copies of the readings will be provided by contacting Mark or you may order the book from a local, independent book store or Amazon. We would like to begin our discussion Wednesday, May 27, 7pm – 8pm, so if you are interested in joining an intergenerational discussion, please contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. See more information at the end of this page.
Emmaus Road Class
Sunday, May 24, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Bob Trouteaud hosts and facilitates, and this week we’ll begin our look at the work of the Holy Spirit using Trevor Hudson’s boo, Holy Spirit Here and Now. Contact Bob for copies of the chapter and an invitation to participate, email@example.com. The book is available from Amazon, or you may download the weekly readings by contacting Bob.
Upper Room Class
Sunday, May 24, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m., James Malone hosts and different class members facilitate the discussion, “Practice Justice”, chapter 12 in The Present Word.If you would like to participate, please contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org, to receive your ZOOM invitation. If you need the Spring 2020 volume of The Present Wordcurriculum, contact Rindy Trouteaud at email@example.com, and a booklet will be mailed to you.
Sunday, May 24, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m., Steve Rathbun hosts and different class volunteers facilitate a discussion of chapter 12 of the book, Red State Christians. If you would like to participate, please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org, to receive your ZOOM invitation.
Midweek Bible Class
Tuesday, May 26, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Rindy Trouteaud hosts and facilitates a discussion of chapters 15-20 of the book, Keeping Hope Alive for a Tomorrow We Cannot Control by Lewis Smedes. Please contact Rindy at email@example.com to receive your ZOOM invitation and a pdf of the chapters.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study – Engaging with Bonhoeffer: A Zoom Book Study of Life Together
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and theologian whose radical commitment to the gospel of Jesus placed him squarely in conflict with the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler. Before his execution by the Nazis in 1945, Bonhoeffer helped to organize a small underground seminary that sought to offer a vision of the Christian life that was a clear alternative to the hyper-nationalism blessed and practiced by the majority of German Christians. First published in 1939, Life Together is a slender but potent volume that captures the fruit of that experiment in Christian living at a time when the church was under tremendous pressure to compromise its faith for the sake of survival in a fascist climate. Perhaps it is an appropriate time for us to listen again to Bonhoeffer’s witness and wisdom.
I hope you will consider joining me for this five week book study via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, starting May 27th and concluding on June 24th. We will keep our discussions to a one hour time limit. I will send out a pdf file of the readings as close to one week in advance as possible. Alternatively, you can order your own copy of the book at relatively low cost. While I know Amazon is cheaper and faster, please consider supporting our local, independent bookstores! If you would like to be a part of this discussion, please send me your email address asap so I can include you in the Zoom invitation. I look forward to reflecting with you on our life together in Christ.