Group book discussion

Dear friends-

I’m writing to invite you to join with us in a four week book discussion series beginning on Thursday, August 28. Some of you have said to me at one time or another that, while Sunday worship may not fit the pathway of your life, you might appreciate chances to share conversation about spiritual and religious subjects in an informal, give-and-take setting. Hence this invitation. If you have already signed up to gather with us, my apology for any inconvenience caused by this note.

We will read and discuss a book titled “The Prodigal God”, by Timothy Keller. Many of us know Jesus’ parable that is often called “the parable of the prodigal son.” This book is a thought-provoking, challenging re-imagining of the scope of this sacred story. A number of people have already signed up to take part in this series, as I look down the list, I can promise thoughtful, open-hearted conversation. Our hope and goal is mindful exploration, not pat answers to the questions that arise from studying this amazing story.

If you’d like to join us, please let us know. You may reply either to me, Barb Flint, or Carole Young. Our e-mail addresses are above in the “To” field. Please let us know by August 17 – or sooner - so that we can order sufficient books in time for all to begin reading them. We will purchase the books and, if you’re able, you can contribute to the cost. (Carole Young, who originally suggested this book, encourages us not to read the whole book before we start, although she’s pretty sure you will!)

We hope you’ll consider joining us. We’ll meet at the church at 7 PM for four consecutive Thursdays, beginning August 28.

A life of faith is about conversation with God, not a lecture from God. (Or me, for that matter.) :-)

Blessings and peace-

Rev. Alan F. Parker, Pastor

United Church of Craftsbury (UCC)

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*“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6: 8*