Fall 2019 Discussion Groups
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. All the groups meet at the study center. Find a reading group that interests you and sign up below!
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
Mondays, 5-6pm, led by Mark Filiatreau, Dean of Augustine College (US)
Starting September 9 (8 weeks)
Mere Christianity explains the Christian faith so well because Lewis was gifted at making complex and mysterious things simple. He begins with observations of everyday life—for example, have you ever heard strangers quarreling?—and shows how they reveal the meaning of the universe. Lewis was an atheist until he was 31 and his gifts as a poet and philosopher have helped many people understand what was never clear before. We will read about 15 pages a week and share our thoughts, questions and disputations. People of any faith or no faith are welcome.
Can Science Explain Everything?, by John Lennox
Thursdays, 8:30-9:30am, led by Dr Jonathan Boreyko, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Starting September 5 (8 weeks)
Oxford Professor and Christian believer Prof. John Lennox offers a fresh way of thinking about science and Christianity that dispels the common misconceptions about both. He reveals that not only are they not opposed, but they can and must mix to give us a fuller understanding of the universe and the meaning of our existence.
Jesus Feminist, by Sarah Bessey
Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm, led by Kylie Garrety, Debbie Carlier, and Anna Walter
Starting September 4
Bessey engages critically with Scripture in this gentle and provocative love letter to the Church. Written with poetic rhythm, a prophetic voice, and a deeply biblical foundation, this loving yet fearless book urges today’s church to move beyond man-made restrictions and fully welcome women’s diverse voices and experiences.
It’s at once a call to find freedom in the fullness, hope, glory, and work of Christ, and a very personal and moving story of how Jesus made a feminist out of her.
Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Time TBD, led by Mike Weaver, Executive Director of the Bradley Study Center
Starting October 1 (4 weeks)
In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, renowned Christian minister, professor, and author of The Cost of Discipleship recounts his unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Giving practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups, Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.
What does it mean to be part of the Multiethnic Kingdom of God?
6:30-8:30pm, Tuesdays, led by Kylie Garrety, Nick Garrety, and Jefferson Jones
Starting in October
Do you wonder what place racial justice has in the church? Join us for a conversation about what it means to be a part of the multiethnic kingdom of God as we explore history, examine the present, and build hope for the future. All are welcome.