The Arc of Human Flourishing
We began a journey into the theology of Human Flourishing this fall. Dr. Scott Bader-Saye offered a lecture that provided both a theological and Christian moral foundation for our discussions. Twenty intrepid souls signed up to read and discuss White Fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. Our conversations were substantive and meaningful. We do not all share the same perspectives, but we do all share mutual respect and we are learning to talk about difficult subjects like racism.
The Arc of Human Flourishing series would be remiss if it did not alter the trajectory of our personal arc of human flourishing and, therefore, the world in which we live. With the first leg of this journey, White Fragility, we have looked inward at who we are, what we believe, and why we believe it, and we have been challenged to reconsider those things. As we move toward Easter, we are moving toward new engagement. We invite you to participate in this journey. Come and learn with us. Be changed with us as we encounter Christ.
Love is the Way
Our next topic of discussion will be Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s newest book, Love is the Way. Bishop Curry offers us insight about his life in America: black, a preacher’s kid, and, eventually, Episcopal priest. His writing is anecdotal and theological. This is a charming read. We will conclude Love is the Way before Epiphany season. To join the discussion, register here. Don’t forget to order the book using smile.amazon.com and use St. Martin’s as your charity of choice!
During the season of Epiphany we will tackle a deeper book, one that invites us to understand why humans are divided – in religion, in politics, and so forth. It will seek to explain why humans commit violence in the name of God. DJ Mitchell has facilitated our White Fragility conversations gracefully and he will return to the role of facilitator for Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. This is a timely read, authored by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.