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.”

January will begin the next portion of our program year focusing on racism and injustice. The featured book is “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. There will be Sunday classes at 10 a.m., led by Robin Thompson, to discuss the book. Copies are available for sale in the office. Classes will run Jan. 7 through Feb. 11.

The beginning of the program year focused on being called to act justly, and reflected 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.”  

The World Relief book “Seeking Refuge,” complemented our October series on immigration and refugee issues and policies. There was also a seven-day devotional to use while reading the book, which is available in the office.