This invitation, from our Bishop, is excerpted from his weekly email:
In the Church, our inability to doubt or raise questions has made our witness weak!
I am excited that many of you, as individuals and in groups, are reading Dr. Brian D. McLaren's book, Faith after Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It.
At a planning meeting with Dr. McLaren for our conference-wide book discussion series this fall, I shared some of the positive comments I am hearing about the book from across the conference.
In his book, Brian outlines four stages of faith development: Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony
Personally, I believe that in order to arrive at the stage of harmony - living a life of love - we must first go through stages of simplicity, complexity, and perplexity! Is this not the DNA of class meetings?
To gain a greater measure of maturity in our faith, like those who attended John Wesley's class meetings, we are at The Table to help one another live our faith daily and to challenge one another to deepen our walk with Christ. We should seek to go beyond faith as a set of "correct beliefs" and instead embrace "faith expressing itself as love."
Registration for the discussion series will open soon. It is my hope that our discussions with Brian, which can include 500 participants, will be completely filled before the registration deadline of Sept. 9, 2021.
I expect these four conversations with Brian will be rich and robust and may lead to a new spirit and energy among our clergy and laity -inspiring us not only to stay at The Table, but to extend The Table by adding leaves until there is a place for each and every one of God's children.
--Bishop S. Devadhar
Please use the following link for more information and to register for this series:
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