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Women’s Book Discussion Group

Women's Book Discussion GroupUpcoming book: ‘Love Beyond Belief’

Beginning on Jan. 15 and Jan. 17, Community UCC will offer two opportunities to 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.

A new Women’s Book Discussion Group will explore the book at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. An open group will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Both groups will study one chapter per week, and meetings will be held in the Conference Room.

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).

Women's Book Discussion Group

PAST BOOKS:

  • “The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than our ‘Correct’ Beliefs” by Peter Enns (October 2018)
  • “On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old,” by Parker J. Palmer (August-September 2018)
  • “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and the Son of the Slave Trade” by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan (April-May 2018)
  • “Grounded: Finding God in the World,” by Diana Butler Bass (February-March 2018)
  • “Lunch with Buddha,” by Roland Merullo (January-February 2018)
  • “Hallelujah Anyway,” by Anne Lamott (Summer-Fall 2017)
  • “Breakfast with Buddha,” by Roland Merullo (Summer 2017)
  • “Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha,” By Tara Brach (March-May 2017)
  • “City of God: Faith in the Streets,” by Sara Miles (January-March 2017)
  • “Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People,” by Nadia Bolz-Weber (April-June 2016)
  • “Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead, and Yours Can, Too,” by Molly Phinney Baskette (January 2015)
  • “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” By Gregory Boyle (September-November 2015)
  • “Learning to Walk in the Dark,” by Barbara Brown Taylor (Autumn 2015)
  • “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor
  • “Bad Girls of the Bible” by Barbara Essex
  • “Christianity For the Rest of Us” by Diana Butler Bass
  • “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “Having Men for Dinner: Biblical Women’s Deadly Banquets” by Nicole Wilkinson Duran
  • “Help, Thanks, Wow” by Anne Lamott
  • “Here If You Need Me” by Kate Braestrup
  • “Jesus Freak” by Sara Miles
  • “Pastrix” by Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • “Plan B” by Anne Lamott
  • “Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us” by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker
  • “Speaking of Faith” by Krista Tippett
  • “Stitiches” by Anne Lamott
  • “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
  • “The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding” by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner
  • “Take This Bread” by Sara Miles
  • “The Faith Club” by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
  • “The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus” by Neil Douglas-Klotz
  • “The Invisible Girls” by Sarah Thebarge
  • “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver
  • “The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young
  • “The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender” by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
  • “Traveling Mercies” by Anne Lamott
  • “Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia For All That Is” by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams
  • “Walking Home” by Sonia Choquette
  • “Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and its meaning for you” by Joan Chittister
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