Adult Education at Church of the Savior
Fall 2020
Book discussion groups

This fall, we are offering a creative alternative to our usual Sunday-morning in-person Adult education. We will have three separate book discussions, led by different facilitators. (See below for descriptions.) The groups will meet either in person outdoors as long as weather permits, or online. To sign up for a group, please email the group’s facilitator no later than Monday, August 31. The groups will begin meeting after Labor Day; exact dates and times will be worked out with attendees after the signup deadline. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the facilitators of the group, or Mike Rea, our Adult education coordinator (, for more general questions.

Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton
facilitated by Chris Rea (

In her book, Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, Ruth Haley Barton addresses those who are longing for more of God. While our own spiritual transformation is a gift of the Holy Spirit that we can only receive, we can arrange our lives and priorities to be more open to receiving the gift. Each chapter is dedicated to a different spiritual practice that helps us do just that - solitude, scripture, prayer, honoring the body, self examination, discernment, Sabbath, and rule of life.

This book discussion group will meet by zoom (or in person outside, as desired) monthly, September-May, reading one chapter per month. In between meetings we commit to regular engagement with that chapter’s spiritual practice. During meetings we will share our experiences, challenges, successes, and failures as we did so.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
facilitated by David Lincicum (

In the wake of police brutality, international protests, and the spreading recognition of systemic white supremacy in America, Christians everywhere are asking themselves how to think Christianly about race, oppression, and justice. This group is an opportunity to read the poignant reflections of one of the most prominent Black theologians of the 20th and 21st centuries, the late James Cone, and to discuss together how to find our Christian vocation in the current political situation. We will read Cone's short book (one of his last), The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Orbis, 2011), and discuss a chapter at a time. This book discussion group will meet five times by zoom.

The Church and the Court in 2020
facilitated by Bruce Huber (

Hot-button issues at the US Supreme Court are nothing new, but the recent term was unusually momentous. Several of the Court's judgments touched nerves within various segments of the American church. This fall, we'll read and discuss together a handful of the most important cases, ones bearing on abortion, Christian schools, gay rights, and birth control. We'll think through the justices' rationales and reflect on their implications for our personal faith and public engagement. This group will meet five or six times outdoors for as long as weather permits, and online thereafter.