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The Witness of Religion in an Age of Fear

Author: Michael Kinnamon March 16, 2017

This book by Michael Kinnamon, former General Secretary for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA,  opens with a quote from Mahatma Ghandi:  “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is fear.” Kinnamon teaches that our current American culture of fear is an opportunity for people of all religions to […]

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behind the beautiful forevers

Author: Katherine Boo January 20, 2017

Winner of numerous awards including The 2012 National Book Award and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, behind the beautiful forevers depicts daily life in a slum of Mumbai—the hopes, skills, values and tensions that the people who live there share, and the complexities surrounding their social and economic  situation. The book is nonfiction but reads […]

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christian. muslim. friend. Twelve Paths to Real Relationship

Author: David W. Shenk June 22, 2016

Chosen by Christianity Today as 2016’s Book of the Year, this study by David Shenk, a Christian raised by missionary parents in Tanzania who, as an adult, has lived for fifty years with Muslim neighbors in Somalia, Kenya, and the United States, teaches how Christians and Muslims can understand each other and be friends.  This is […]

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Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

Author: Carol Wehrheim June 15, 2016

How does the church approach the tragedy and prevalence of gun violence in America? This one-hour DVD documentary and four-session study uses as its guide the policy statement approved by the General Assembly in 2010, Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call.  It calls participants to decide how to respond, how  to “recover the […]

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Love To Stay: Sex, Grace, and Commitment

Author: Adam Hamilton May 6, 2016

Popular Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton’s study on marriage accompanies his 2013  book by the same title and offers DVD teaching segments of ten minutes each and a leader guide with discussion questions and group activities. Hamilton’s approach–that marriage is hard work and a mission that is guided by God– gives participants a hopeful and helpful context with […]

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“If Only Today You Knew…The Things That Make For Peace”

Author: The Institute for Peace & Justice May 3, 2016

This resource, originally written for Catholic congregations and schools but centered  in content around the work and words of Baptist pastor Martin Luther King Jr., offers an ecumenical approach to mainline Christian churches about how to respond to the gospel’s call for peace and justice. It includes six sessions that can be combined or simplified to […]

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Race and Reconciliation

Author: Clifton Kirkpatrick May 3, 2016

In the introduction to this new workbook from the Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding series, Kirkpatrick suggests to readers that the current and urgent concern about race relations in America, coming at the same time as a renewed interest in two of the Presbyterian church’s confessional documents ( the Confession of Belhar and the Confession of 1967) is not just a coincidence […]

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Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Author: Walter Brueggemann April 12, 2016

Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Walter Brueggemann is a concise and intriguing commentary about how we can understand the Bible’s words about God’s promises to God’s people with respect to the current political strife between Israel and Palestine. In addressing this particular topic, Old Testament Professor and pastor Walter Brueggemann is […]

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Inhabiting Eden: Christians, The Bible, And The Ecological Crisis

Author: Patricia K. Tull March 14, 2016

Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary explores Scripture for guidance about today’s complex ecological problems and issues. The book has nine chapters (The Problem of Change, Humans and Creation, Leaving the Garden, Commerce and Contentment, Food for Life, The Needs of Animals, Environmental Fairness, Our Children’s Inheritance, Living within Our Means), and […]

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