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The last couple of weeks have been nerve-racking.

Donald Trump won the presidential election, surprising many people in the U.S. and around the globe. His nomination of Steve Bannon and other prominent bigots to his staff does not bode well.

How should we respond as the church?

On one hand, our calling to be communities striving to be faithful to the faith of Jesus remains the same as it was prior to the election.

On the other hand, Donald Trump’s platform and allegiances seem to cast a specter of violence on those who are not white males. How do we respond faithfully to these threats of violence against our neighbors?

A number of prominent media outlets have published reading lists for understanding and navigating the Trump age, including:

While there are many important and insightful books on these lists, we wanted to offer a similar list of theologically-informed resources that will serve to guide our churches in this new and unsettling age.
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Howard Thurman

Today (Nov. 18) is the birthday of Howard Thurman, noted pastor and theologian.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to his most significant books.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and offered a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve also included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

 

1) Jesus and the Disinherited

Jesus and The Disinherited is Thurman’s best known work, and is an important theological work that builds upon the love of Jesus for the marginalized. 

“[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the Black prophet-mystic’s lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called ‘the religion of Jesus.’ Ultimately his goal was to offer this humanizing combination as the basis for an emancipatory way of being, moving toward a fundamentally unchained life that is available to all the women and men everywhere who hunger and thirst for righteousness, especially those ‘who stand with their backs against the wall.’”
—Vincent Harding, from the Foreword

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HenriNouwen

This week marked the 20th Anniversary of Henri’s Nouwen’s death (Sept. 20).

In remembrance of his life, we have picked a few books of the many he published as a sort of introductory guide. 

 

1)  The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence

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Alexander Schmemann

This week marked the birthday (Sept. 13) of the late Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory guide to his theology.

 

1)  For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy

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Hildegard_von_Bingen

Tomorrow (Sept. 17) is the Feast Day of Hildegard of Bingen.

St. Hildegard was not only a prominent mystic and theologian, she also was a composer.  Her works are reminiscent of the tradition of Gregorian chant, and will appeal to those who appreciate medieval chants.

Here are four albums that introduce her music:


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Jean-Vanier

Tomorrow (Sept. 10) is the birthday of Jean Vanier, the founder of the L’Arche communities.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to his most significant books.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and offered a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve also included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

 

 

1) Community and Growth

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Art-of-LOTR

Today marks the anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s death.

In honor of his life and work, we offer this reading guide to his works that flesh out the history and culture of Middle Earth, beyond the familiar Lord of the Rings Series.

How deeply have you read about Middle Earth beyond The Lord of the Rings? 

 

1) The Silmarillion

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Marva-Dawn

Today is the birthday of Marva Dawn, one of the theologians who has been most influential for our congregation at Englewood Christian Church.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to her most significant works.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and offered a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve also included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

 

 

1) Truly the Community: Romans 12 and How to Be the Church

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Flannery-Peacock

This week marked the anniversary of the death of Flannery O’Connor (3 August 1964), one of the greatest fiction writers of the twentieth century.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

*** Don’t miss these rare clips of
Flannery O’Connor reading her work 

 

1) The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connnor

 
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101-TransformativeBooks - MEDIUMAs a companion to his new book Reading for the Common Good, ERB editor Chris Smith has also published a companion ebook, 101 Transformative Books for Churches to Read & Discuss (which is available for FREE for those who subscribe to our email digest).  This companion ebook organizes its book recommendations into 12 questions. Over the next month or so, we will be featuring each one of these questions, and listing the recommended books (without annotations, you will have to get the ebook to read those), as well as some more recent books on this question that are worth discussing.

 

Previous Questions:    [ One

 

Question #2:
How do we live faithfully as the people of God?

A careful reading of scripture will reveal that the people of God – first ancient Israel and then the church grafted onto the tree of Israel (Rom. 11) – are at the very heart of the reconciling work that God is doing in the world. Given this conviction, what does it mean for us to live faithfully together as God’s people? How have churches in past eras understood this calling and structured their lives together in order to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit and bear witness to the love and reconciliation of Jesus? Amidst the prevailing individualism of our day, these books will help stir our imaginations about what it might mean to share life together as the community of God’s people in the twenty-first century.

 

Classics listed in the ebook:
(With links to FREE ebook editions)

 
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