Lenten Book Study: Grounded, by Diana Butler Bass

Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution

Each year our faith community engages a book that supports our life together, challenges us toward greater involvement in our communities, and gives us a way to connect with each other. Last year’s book, Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed involved us in the story of the French village of Le Chambon and its daring commitment to shelter over 5,000 Jews from the Nazis.

This year, we’re reading Grounded, by the acclaimed commentator on religion, politics, and culture, Diana Butler Bass. Following up on her book Christianity After Religion, Butler Bass argues that what appears to be a decline in religion actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God, to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

You can choose how you’d like to participate. Many DCCers and friends will sign up for conversation groups in order to discuss the implications of the book. Others will read individually.  And on Sundays during Lent our preachers will dip into the book, reflecting on the ways Lent summons us to adjust our lives toward greater participation in the spiritual revolution the Spirit’s inspiring all around us.

Please consider hosting a conversation group.  It’s a great way to get acquainted with other members of the congregation.  All that is expected is that you will provide a place to gather once a week during the 5-week study; we provide a conversation guide.  You can pick the time and day of the week that best fits your schedule.  You can choose to also facilitate the group discussion or be matched with a facilitator.  Once we have established the group locations we will begin sign-ups for participants. 

The book will be on-sale in the Narthex starting Sunday. The cost is $10, but don’t let this be a barrier to participating.  We are happy to provide a book at no cost to anyone who asks. 

– Pastor Chris Neufeld-Erdman

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