2021 Lenten Book Study/Discussion Groups

Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World
by Dr. Serene Jones

Lent is a period of 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. Many Christians see Lent as an invitation into deeper reflection and commitment to God. At Davis Community Church, we enter into this season of Lent during a year when we have been stretched more than ever to find meaning and the relevance of what is sacred in a fractured and wounded world. In Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World, Serene Jones demonstrates a way to do this beautifully by weaving her own faith journey from rural Oklahoma to her historical leadership of Union Theological Seminary with Christian teachings on hatred, forgiveness, mercy, justice, death, sin, and grace. Drawing on the wisdom of prominent theological voices–Soren Kierkegaard, Reinhold Niebuhr, John Calvin, James Baldwin, James Cone, Luce Irigaray, Saint Teresa of Avila–Jones invites readers to reflect on the meaning of our lives, the world, and the divine with an intimate, humble, and prophetic voice that is accessible for modern readers.

We hope that this book will strengthen our community with the courage to face the deep fissures of our age and stimulate our imaginations toward a future filled with ancient sacred truths.

We are gearing up to have a lovely Lenten experience this year! You will have many choices for small groups and also a drop-in group with Pastor Chris — all on the Zoom platform. Our book study will begin the week of February 15th and run for the 6 weeks of Lent. We hope you will join us!

Read more below about how to participate in a book discussion group.

Pastors Chris and Eunbee

Get the Book!
In an effort to support local businesses, please consider ordering your book from Avid Reader. They are offering the book to us for $18, which is discounted and the same as Amazon.
Reserve your book here.
Avid Reader offers curbside pick-up, but if we can assist you in getting the book, please contact Elisa Stone (elisa@dccpres.org).

Groups and Leaders
Pastor Chris: Mondays at 7 pm (Drop-in)
No sign-up required. The Zoom link is provided in the weekly e-newsletter. 
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A few spots remain in the following groups:
URC Group:  Sundays at 1:00 pm  (Marian Derby, leader)
Mondays at 4 pm  (David Rue, leader)
Tuesdays at 7 pm  (Joe Yun, leader)
Thursdays at 2 pm  (Elisa Stone, leader)

Please contact Elisa Stone (elisa@dccpres.org) to get connected to a discussion group. 

Reading Assignments
Week of February 14: Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2
Week of Feb 21: Chapters 3 & 4
Week of Feb 28: Chapters 5 & 6
Week of March 7: Chapters 7 & 8
Week of March 14: Chapters 9 & 10
Week of March 21: Chapters 11-13

Please remind your friends that Zoom meetings can be accessed by phone! Please contact me and I will be sure that those who need it have the telephone access information.

Elisa Stone
Minister of Congregational Care

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