Discussion Groups

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Throughout the semester we explore different books and topics through our discussion groups, offering a community and a context in which to discuss together different aspects of life and culture in relation to the Christian faith.

These groups are open to everyone—students, faculty, and community members. Find a reading group (or two) that interests you and sign up below!  Books are provided free to students who sign up by Sept 1.

Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science

Leading evangelical geneticist Dennis Venema and popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight combine their expertise to offer informed guidance and answers to questions pertaining to evolution, genomic science, and the historical Adam.  Group discussions will be lead by John Tyson, University Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, and Mike Weaver, Executive Director of the Bradley Study Center.

Facilitators:  Professor John Tyson and Mike Weaver
Time: Mondays, 4-5:15pm, September 10 through November 5
Location:  The River’s Edge  •  209-D College Ave  •  Blacksburg, VA

For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care

Caring for the environment is a growing interest among religious believers, particularly Christians. This award-winning book provides a most thorough treatment available on a Christian perspective of creation care. “Authentic Christian faith requires ecological obedience,” writes Steven Bouma-Prediger. He urges Christians to acknowledge their responsibility and privilege as stewards of the earth.

Facilitator:  Mike Weaver
Time: Mondays, 3:45-4:45pm, September 10 through November 10
Location:  The River’s Edge  •  209-D College Ave  •  Blacksburg, VA

The Myth of Equality

In this timely, insightful book pastor and professor Ken Wytsma helps us to be grounded in conversations about today’s race-related issues. And he helps us come to a deeper understanding of both the origins of these issues and the reconciling role Christians are called to play as witnesses of the gospel.  This group is co-sponsored by the Graduate Christian Fellowship and the River Church.

Facilitators:  Robert Howe and Jeananne Knies
Time:  Fridays, 12-1pm, September 7 – December 7
Location:  The River’s Edge  •  209-D College Ave  •  Blacksburg