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District Book Club


The Learning and development Group began a book club in the New Year and would like to invite you to join them.
It meets usually on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

The book they are beginning with is 'Faith after doubt' by Brian McClaren. Currently, the paperback version of the book is advertised online for about £12-14 or £9.99 on Kindle. If you would like to join the group, but can't find the funds to buy a book, please do get in touch as grants may be available.

In our next book club session, on Tuesday 8 June 2021, we will be focussing on chapters 14 & 15. Here are some questions that might guide your reading and also the conversations in the book group. Feel free to highlight anything else that strikes you as relevant and be ready to share it with others when we meet.-What do you make of the description of Stage One and Stage Two faith communities as "exacerbating the violent 'pathology of humanity'." (page 238)?

  • Can you think of scenarios where this rings true?
  • Shame, fear and guilt are described as a significant part of conventional religion. How do you respond to this?
  • Reflect on your own faith context and journey. How much do these feelings matter in them?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • How do you relate to the connection between contemplation and action? Are you more comfortable in one or the other?
  • What do you make of this quote: "God is not a destination. Like a river, like a road, God takes us somewhere." (page 245)?
  • How do you understand the phrase living into the questions?
  • What does being alive mean for you? What examples would you give of the most alive moments in your life? (see page 256 for Brian's examples).
  • In your experience, what role have LEARNING, THINKING, DOUBTING and CHALLENGING played in church life?
  • Can you think of other ways to describe the sound of the genuine (Howard Thurman; page 266) and its significance for your faith and life journey? Do you find this a helpful way for your theological thinking?

If you would like to be part of this please register using this link: This is a recurring meeting, but do not feel you have to join every session.

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