Program year’s readings address societal issues

Readings and discussions will be key components of this year’s program theme “Do Justice; Love Mercy; Walk Humbly.”

September, the beginning of the year, will focus on being called to act justly, and will reflect on the works of  Reinhold Niebuhr. This American theologian was not only responsible for writing the serenity prayer but his reasoned call for justice and ethical actions shape many leaders. The intersection of religion, politics and public policy are the heart of his book “Moral Man and Immoral Society.”

This book will be the focal point of guided Sunday morning discussions, at 10 a.m., on Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. All are invited, and the readings are not required for attendance.

In January a series on racism and Justice will include the book The New Jim Crow Mass incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by MIchelle Alexander. This book argues that the criminal justice system is not colorblind but in fact functions as a racial segregator for society.

This aspect of our program year will include Sunday morning 10 a.m. discussions, as well as guest speakers and a group representation at Sacramento’s March for the Dream Parade.