People of the Books: The BiblioMinistry Book Club

Books!
Books!

Happy New Year! Have you resolved to read more in 2016? And do you think deep thoughts about religion and theology, but not have a place in which to share them? Don’t feel so alone! Join the BiblioMinistry book club, People of the Books! We are a monthly in-person and online book club that reads books that will really rev up your brain and your spirit. Since we want the focus of this group to be on the books and the discussion inspired by them, we keep things as simple as possible. We generally meet on the third Saturday every month at Kaldi’s in Kirkwood and talk about a book we’ve all read relating to religion and/or theology, fiction or non-fiction.

Unable to make it to our meetings? While it would be great if everyone who were interested in this group could participate in person, we are also offering online discussion for those who are in a different area or are unable to make it to the meetings. Just join the discussion on each book’s discussion page on the web site! You can find each month’s books by the tag “PotB

A note on our name: “People of the Books” riffs on “people of the book,” a phrase coined by the prophet Muhammad as written in the Qur’an, referring to adherents of religions whose sacred teachings are contained within a book, including Judaism and Christianity. Some so named by this phrase have embraced the descriptor while others find it incomplete, and still others, problematic due to the original intent in which it came into being. BiblioMinistry finds that “books” more completely (though not comprehensively) describes and supports an informed, ecumenical/pluralistic orientation toward faith, and has thus adapted the plural version of this saying as its book club’s name.

Book club priorities:

As with all other manner of BiblioMinistry-related activity, the books we read and how we read them focus on three main themes: faith, intellect/learning, and mission/activism. Therefore, four main questions applicable to all books we read and discuss are:

  1. How does this book inform, add to, or otherwise develop faith in myself and others?
  2. What are the ways in which this book may enhance intellectual understanding of faith in the broader theological world, my faith community, and my own life?
  3. Does this book inform your understanding of your call to do God’s work in the world in terms of activism, advocacy, and/or some other form of mission? If so, how?
  4. Where are the specific places in the book that you see the above things?

Keep the discussion going:

Web site: http://www.biblioministry.org/tag/PotB/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/peopleofthebooks/

Other ways to keep in touch with us:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BiblioMinistry

Twitter: https://twitter.com/biblioministry

 

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rebeccalke

Rebecca is a theological librarian (M.Div., Eden Theological Seminary; M.A., I.S.L.T., University of Missouri - Columbia) from St. Louis, MO with an interest in the intersection of theological and religious literacies and metaliteracy in the lives of all people, especially those of faith. Some of her Big Life Questions are "How do people of faith explore their faith questions; how can I support that exploration with proven and emerging educational strategies, research processes, and quality resources; and so informed, decisively act as disciples of Jesus in the real world in which we live?"

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