The Women’s Book Discussion Group will read “Grounded” by Diana Butler Bass. Our first meeting to discuss this book will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Conference Room.
The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book “Christianity After Religion” by arguing that what appears to be a decline 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. “Grounded” explores this cultural turn as Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons.
Our reading schedule for “Grounded” is as follows:
- Feb. 14-20: Read the daily devotional at the back of the book “Grounded” (first seven). Be prepared to discuss any of the devotionals that spoke to you and why.
- Feb. 20: Introduction and Chapters 1 and daily devotionals
- Feb. 27: Chapters 2 and 3 and daily devotionals
- March 6: Chapters 4 and 5 and daily devotionals
- March 13: Chapters 6 and 7 and daily devotionals
- March 20: Conclusion daily devotionals