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Friday, September 1, 2017
Not too many years ago one of our church journals published an article about an Episcopal minister holding Ash Wednesday services on the streets of San Francisco. That Episcopalian was Sara Miles, author of the book reviewed here last week. In CITY OF GOD she recounts one Ash Wednesday in which she not only offers ashes on a street corner, but also in a hospital waiting room, a fast food joint, beauty shop, dollar store, as well as at an early morning and an evening church service.
Along the way we learn much about Sara's life, her theology, and her love for the messy and holy city of God which she calls home. The book is available in the Resource Center.
Friday, August 25, 2017
She was an atheist. Her parents were atheists. She knew nothing about the Eucharist or any other religious rite, but one Sunday morning she walked into St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, and her life was never the same. When everyone was invited to the table in the rotunda and she was offered a piece of bread and a goblet of wine, something happened. In her own words, "something outrageous and terrifying happened. Jesus happened to me."
She is Sara Miles, and her faith journey is recounted in TAKE THIS BREAD, now available in the Resource Center.
Monday, July 31, 2017
The third book written by Rachel Held Evans is SEARCHING FOR SUNDAY, another in the accounts of her journey of faith. Here Evans describes the dissatisfaction she and her husband felt in many of the churches which they visited. The result is "A forceful invitation to reconsider that faith has been misunderstood as a package of certitudes rather than a relationship of fidelity" (Walter Brueggemann), or "A spiritual guide for religious runaways" (Nadia Bolz-Weber). This is another captivating addition to Evans' experiences as she continues her journey of trying to live faithfully. Available in the Resource Center now.