This will be my fourth summer in the Lakes Region, and like many of you, I have learned to cherish this beautiful and bountiful time of year in this breathtaking and busy re- gion. So wonderful has this special time in this special place become for me and my family that we have opted to deviate from our decades long practice of taking our major yearly vaca- tion during the summer months. After all, when you live in a place where people take their vacations, why leave?
So, then, summer in the Lakes Region is a time to relax, drink in the beauty, hike, swim, boat, and simply enjoy the gifts of God that are so evident all around us. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t also a time to continue to learn, grow, and explore the implications of living out our faith in the world.
For that reason, I am instituting what I hope will become a yearly time of study and growth. I am calling it Summer Session, and my hope is that every summer, we will invite our members and anyone else who is interested to dig into a meaty book or resource that will challenge us to think deeply and respond faithfully to some of the ways God is calling us to live out our faith in a broken world.
For this year’s Summer Session I have chosen a book that I think will do just that. The book is called America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, and it is written by
Jim Wallis. Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners, where he is also editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, as well as being a New York Times best-selling author, public theologian, and international commentator on ethics and public life. As the title indicates, this is a book about ending racism in America, and it is particularly addressed towards white people, and white Christians in particular. The book has been described as “powerful,” “courageous,” “daring,” and “hopeful,” as it looks at both the historical roots of American racism, as well as contemporary events such as Ferguson and Charleston.
Summer Session will last for five weeks, beginning
August 4th and ending on September 1. We’ll meet in the Fireside Room in the cool of the evening on Thursdays from 7:00 ‘til 8:30 PM. You can purchase a copy of the book on your own, whether in hard cover or electronic form, or there will be copies of the book available from the church for a donation of $15.00. A signup sheet will be posted in the fellowship hall so that we can know of your intent to participate. I hope to see you there!
In Evergreen love, Pastor Tom