ST. LUKE’S BOOK CLUB
The Book Club’s fourth season presents a variety of selections that range from a book of the Bible to a best seller written by a young physician dealing with his own mortality. All members of the congregation are welcome to participate. Attendance at each session is not required, so members can select the titles in which they’re most interested. The groups meets in the Undercroft beginning at 7:00 pm and generally concludes not later than 8:30 pm. Adult beverages and savories are provided. A flier listing all of the selections for the program year is available in the narthex of the church and in the Parish House.
Tuesday, May 23, 7:00-8:30 pm – Undercroft
The Lost Landscape, by Joyce Carol Oates
In this exceptionally candid, moving, and richly reflective account, Oates explores the world through the eyes of her younger self, an imaginative girl eager to tell stories about the world and the people she meets. Reading Alice in Wonderland changed a young Joyce forever and inspired her to view life as a series of endless adventures. With searing detail and an acutely perceptive eye, Oates renders her memories and emotions with exquisite precision, transporting us to a forgotten place and time—the lost landscape of her youth.
Those interest in participating should contact Wayne Piper at email@example.com or 614-296-6988.
CONVERSATIONS ON RELIGION & CULTURE
Sundays, 4:00-6:00 pm – Parish House
In order to become more accessible to the entire congregation, the Conversations in Religion and Culture group has established its regular meeting date as the last Sunday of the month. The group will not meet in December. We will meet from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Parish House. Our discussions are open to all who are interested in the topic.
We believe adult education to be different from the education of children which intends to impart a certain body of knowledge. For adults, we think education happens as we share, and particularly as we share out of our own life experiences. Therefore, these discussions are intended not to deliver some information to you, but to help you learn what others have experienced and learned and to share out of our lives.
With that in mind, before each evening’s discussion we will have a one to two page paper to set the framework of the discussion and to offer some thought-provoking questions around which we can begin the conversation.
The following schedule of discussion topics reaches only a few months ahead. That is intentional. We understand that some topics may need more that one two-hour conversation and that contemporary issues may incite us to change the order of topics and to add to the list or to delete.
April 30, 2017 – Christian Values and Governance
Given that we are not empowered to change our form of government, what Christian values come into play? What do you perceive to be our “Christina values?” What do you perceive to be the driving values of our American culture?
May 28, 2017 – Reviewing National Politics
The Trump administration will have been in place for four months; what is happening? What are your responses to that? What needs to be done? As a Christian, what is your response so far?
Dates have not yet been assigned for the following topics:
A. Our Broken Education System
We are unclear about the purpose of education, the values of education, and how to best educate. We are ambivalent about higher education: its purpose and its costs. Why educate and what to educate?
B. Christianity & Interfaith
Christianity has been exclusive and supremacist. With a shrinking globe, the arrogance is challenged and the authenticity of other faiths is being affirmed. How do we/you respond?
C. What is the Nature of God?
This is the toughest of questions; some of us have wrestled with it before. We’ll take another swing at it: What do you understand when you utter “God?”
D. Divisiveness Within Christianity
Christianity comes in a range of shapes, and there is open hostility between and among many of those. What do we make of that? How do we respond to that?
E. The Bases of Morality
A moral structure can be built around any set of values: What values are the core of our/your morality? What ought to be the core values of a “Christian” morality? What about Natural Law? Where/how can we find common moral ground in this country?
F. Our Moral Obligations
To what degree are we called to emulate St. Francis, or St. Teresa of Calcutta? What does that imply for our “stuff,” our wealth, our life?
G. Faith, Politics & Morality
We believe in the separation of church and state. Really? Where do we draw the lines between the state, our faith/beliefs, and whatever morality we accept?
We are a nation of immigrants, but the current mood of this country seems to be against immigration. Why? Should it be? What are my/our personal problems with new immigrants?
I. Economics: the Morality of Our Current System of Capitalism
The issues here are plethoral: inequality, the cultivating of a tethered underclass, “Trickle-Down” economics, laissez faire economics, regulation or deregulation, etc.
J. The Role of Government
What do we want our governments (local, state, national) to do, and how much are we willing to be taxed for them to do that?
To what degree am I my Brother’s Keeper? Abel’s blood cried to YHWH from the earth. How much am I responsible to my brother, and how much for my brother?
L. The State of Our Civil Ware
It’s not a war of guns, but of words between the political/social left and right. Where is the common ground? How is consensus going to occur? Can it? Does the media fan the flames of this “civil war?”