“The Church Cracked Open: Disruption. Decline. And New Hope for Beloved Community”

by the Rev. Christopher Potter, Vicar

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says that Stephanie Spellers’ book (see my headline) will “make a profound difference for the church in this moment in history.”

I’m inviting you to join a pre-Lenten book study of this thought-provoking and deeply reflective book by Rev. Stephanie Spellers. Rev. Spellers serves as Presiding Bishop Curry’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation, helping Episcopalians to share the good news and cross boundaries as part of the Jesus Movement.

The book study will be led by our Diocesan Postulant Jon Achee, and will meet over Zoom for an hour every Thursday, beginning January 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for five weekly sessions.

Sometimes it takes disruption and loss to break us open and call us home to God. It’s not surprising that a global pandemic and once-in-a-generation reckoning with white supremacy — on top of decades of systemic decline — have spurred Christians everywhere to ask who we are, why God places us here and what difference that makes to the world.

Rev. Spellers explores the American story and the Episcopal story in order to find out how communities steeped in racism, establishment, and privilege can at last fall in love with Jesus, walk humbly with the most vulnerable and embody beloved community in our own broken but beautiful way. This book invites us to surrender privilege and redefine church, not just for the sake of others, but for our own salvation and liberation.

A link to the Zoom meeting will be provided prior to the first scheduled session. The book can be purchased on Amazon, or through Church Publishing Incorporated. If you have any questions, please reach out directly to Jon Achee.

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The Worship Bulletin for Sunday, December 5, 2021

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ZOOM worship link for Sunday, December 5, 10 a.m.

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