The summer book reviews are a beloved tradition as an educational offering on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. during the summer months.
June 25: Michelle Shonbeck,
A Hope in the Unseen, by Ron Suskind
Michelle Shonbeck, Executive Director of Christian Community Service Center, has been offering stimulating book reviews as part of our summer series for a number of years. Come and meet one of our congregation’s long-time community outreach partners.
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m., at the parsonage
The “Love Your Neighbour” discussion group invites you! The group who read James Cones’ The Cross and the Lynching Tree with Pastor Larson wants to continue discussion about racism in American society. All are welcome. The group is committed to caring, honest, and safe conversation on issues of race, seeking how more faithfully we as Christian individuals and as church can bring our part to God’s intended rule of reconciling love to neighbor and world. The book basis for our conversations over the summer is Michael Eric Dyson’s, Tears We Cannot Stop, A Sermon to White America. It is available on Amazon in softback and Kindle format. All is casual; snacks and beverages to share are welcomed.
A growing problem for military personnel, our civic protectors, and others is Moral Injury. Moral Injury most often erupts as a debilitating guilt suffered from an action one has done or witnessed that could not be avoided. MI can be related to, but is distinguishable from Post-Traumatic Stress. MI accounts for much of the increased suicide rate in combat veterans. Can people recover from MI? How can we as people of faith help those who suffer MI? Pastor Larson will introduce the topic on March 26.
The following Sunday Lee Thweatt will join Pastor Larson to lead more conversation about MI. Lee, a member of CTK and Vice-President of the Congregational Council, served as a United States Marine Judge Advocate General (military lawyer), and will share first-hand insights about MI.
Sunday Forum, February 26, 9:45 a.m. basement classroom
Conversations toward a Social Statement
Pastor Karin Liebster will lead a three week series reading and discussing the study Faith, Sexism, Justice. The study is a work by the ELCA Taskforce Women and Justice: One in Christ, put forth to all congregations of the ELCA as an invitation to engage in conversation on the topic. The task force writes, “countless people are suffering under the weight on injustice. … Many individuals and their families struggle emotionally, physically and economically because of the effects of sexism and patriarchy. These forces are personal, religious, social and economic. As member of the body of Christ … we are called to help all people live abundant lives that are just and sufficient – lives in which every individual and community is committed to the mutual values of respect, dignity, interdependence and equity.” Continue reading