A new Women’s Book Discussion Group will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The book is “Love Beyond Belief: Finding the Access Point to Spiritual Awareness” by the Rev. Dr. Thandeka, a Unitarian Universalist theologian, journalist, and congregational consultant. 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. Reading assignments are one chapter per week.
If you would like to order a book for $20.75 from the church office, please call 559-435-2690 or email Marilyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Nov. 20. Books are also available on Amazon for $24 (paperback) and for $9.99 (Kindle).
Please mark your personal and congregational calendars for our upcoming Interfaith Scholar Weekend on Jan. 19-21.
Interfaith Scholar Weekend will feature scholar Dr. Christiana Peppard, assistant professor of theology, science and ethics at Fordham University in New York.
Dr. Peppard’s scholarship focuses on global environmental ethics and religion and science in a pluralistic era. She is the author of “Just Water” (Orbis Books, 2014) and co-editor of “Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology and Resource Extraction” (Orbis, 2015). Dr. Peppard is from Fresno, CA.
Dr. Peppard’s engagements during the weekend will be:
- Friday, Jan. 19, at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.
- Three more lectures at Temple Beth Israel on the issue of water on Saturday, Jan. 20. Her lecture topics will be:
- “Climate Change, Water and Religion: Questions of Justice?”
- “Water: Human Right, Economic Commodity, Natural Resource, or … ?”
- “The Agriculture-Water Nexus and Interfaith Imagination”