‘Love Beyond Belief’ book study ongoing

UPDATE: The Thursday evening book study has been canceled. The Women’s Book Club Discussion will continue at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Modified original post: Community UCC will study “Love Beyond Belief: Finding the Access Point to Spiritual,” by the Rev. Dr. Thandeka, a Unitarian Universalist theologian, journalist, and congregational consultant. Dr. Thandeka will be the guest speaker at the Interfaith Scholar Weekend, March 1-3.

She was given the Xhosa name Thandeka, which means “beloved,” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984. She is the founder of Affect Theology, which investigates the links between religion and emotions using insights from affective neuroscience.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said:

“’Love Beyond Belief’ is a hope-filled book reminding us in historical and contemporary terms that we are loved always, even when we feel lost and alone.”

“Love Beyond Belief” is available on Amazon: “Using insights from the brain science of emotions, “Love Beyond Belief: Finding the Access Point to Spiritual Awareness” narrates two millennia of lost-and-found stories about love beyond belief as the access point to the heart and soul of spiritual life. Many of today’s “spiritual but not religious” people — one in four U.S. adults — have found the access point to spiritual experience that Western Christianity lost: unconditional love. “Love Beyond Belief” tracks the history of this lost emotion.”

Robin Carlson, our commissioned minister of Christian education, will guide this discussion, which will go through Feb. 26.

Books are also available on Amazon for $24 (paperback) and for $9.99 (Kindle).

Saturday Breakfast Group to meet Jan. 12

Mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Saturday Breakfast Group at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Conference Room. Elizabeth Davis Russell will talk about her experiences as the founder of a university in Liberia. EJ Hinojosa will furnish breakfast.

Usually, the group will meet on the first Saturday of each month, but we shifted the January meeting since some people might still be traveling or on vacation for the holidays on the first Saturday in January. Contact Phil Fullerton to learn more.

(Photo from the December gathering)

Community Events: Gary Walker will lead Osher class

Gary Walker, a longtime member of our congregation, will be featured as a lecturer under the auspices of Fresno State’s Continuing and Global Education Osher Lifelong Learning Institute this fall. Osher is an educational program provided by several hundred universities throughout the nation for folks at least 50 years of age.

Gary will lead a class on “American Presidents in the 20th Century” from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 in the building housing the Craig Business School, Peters Building Room 191.

Gary’s class will explore: “What were our presidents in the 20th Century really like? Why did some of the most intelligent and experienced fail while others, less qualified, succeed? This course examines the personalities and character of the eleven Republican and seven Democrats who served in our highest office for a century, for better or for worse.”

For additional information regarding membership information and enrollment fees, visit this web page, or call 559.278.0008.