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“The only clear line I draw these days is this: when my religion tries to come between me and my neighbor, I will choose my neighbor…Jesus never commanded me to love my religion.” —Barbara Brown Taylor
Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey begun in Leaving Church of finding out what the world looks like after taking off her clergy collar. In Holy Envy, she contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques.
Troubled and inspired by what she learns, Taylor returns to her own tradition for guidance, finding new meaning in old teachings that have too often been used to exclude religious strangers instead of embracing the divine challenges they present. Re-imagining some central stories from the religion she knows best, she takes heart in how often God chooses outsiders to teach insiders how out-of-bounds God really is.
Meeting ID: 831 7683 0086
Join Pastor Lawrence Lee for a Lectionary Study based on your reactions and questions. No preparation needed.
In this study participants will read and discuss the lectionary readings for a month in advance (e.g. on January 11 we will be looking at the readings for February 14) with the focus being on the uncomfortable or unknown edges of the readings to help guide the preaching on these passages.
Clergy present in the discussion will focus on listening rather than answering questions or steering the conversation, but will help facilitate understanding historical and cultural context if needed. Each passage will be taken separately, read, discussed, and the clergy present will respond reflectively, asking clarifying questions of the participants, using this time to start guiding their sermon preparation.