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LENTEN DISCUSSIONS

(See below for the Zoom information and click HERE for a list of character descriptions and setting.)

Each Wednesday evening in Lent, we are discussing Marilynne Robinson’s 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead.   Gildead is a fictional letter written by a Congregational pastor, John Ames, to his son.  Now at the end of his life, Rev. Ames recalls his experiences of his father and grandfather, also Congregational pastors in the small town of Gilead, Iowa, and translates them into a moving legacy of faith to his son – and to us.  

WHAT IS GILEAD ALL ABOUT?

Gilead is one of the most extraordinary and entertaining novels ever written about the life of faith.  With honesty, humility, humor and wisdom, it addresses major issues of faith:  grace and forgiveness, mortality and death, spirituality and love.  Along the way, we encounter some of the most difficult questions of faith:  How do we make sense of natural disasters?  Is war ever just?  How do we address racism?  We also meet a host of interesting characters, including a Presbyterian Pastor whom the author uses to correct long-standing misperceptions of those of us who worship in the Reformed Tradition of John Calvin. 

WHERE DO I GET THE BOOK?

Books are available in the Gathering Place.  Donations are appreciated to help offset the cost of the books. A donation of $25 covers the cost of both books.

WHAT WILL BE THE FORMAT OF OUR DISCUSSIONS?

Please see the Reading Guide for the questions we will address.  On the first week we will focus on page 1, on the second week page 2, and so on.  Please read as much of Gilead as you can before the first session, as it will help you get more from our discussions. 

WHAT ABOUT A LENTEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL?

We are reading Walter Brueggemann's thought-provoking daily reflections for the season of Lent, A Way Other Than Our Own: Devotions For Lent.  One of the world’s foremost Old Testament scholars, Brueggemann’s platform is the Biblical reality that God has always called people out of their safe existence into uncomfortable places, placing them on paths they would never have chosen for themselves.  Join Professor Brueggemann as he encourages us all to walk an alternative path this Lent and beyond – one of humility, justice and peace. 

WHAT IS THE ZOOM LINK?

Below is the link for our discussions.  The link will remain the same each week:

 

Topic: Gilead Book Discussion

Time: Feb 24, 2021   7:00 PM Eastern Time

        Every week on Wed, until Mar 31, 2021, 6 occurrence(s)

        Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM

        Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM

        Mar 10, 2021 07:00 PM

        Mar 17, 2021 07:00 PM

        Mar 24, 2021 07:00 PM

        Mar 31, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/93517471709

Meeting ID: 935 1747 1709

If you are calling in by phone, you may use this number:   1-929-436-2866,,93517471709# US (New York)

 

Looking forward to making the Lenten journey with you!
Blessings,   Don

Last Published: February 25, 2021 12:08 PM