Join Our Summer Book Read!
Simple, personal, practical, and fresh -- New Clothes: Putting on Christ and Finding Ourselves is our suggested parish read for summer ’16. It’s by an emerging voice in the Episcopal Church, The Rev. John Newton, Canon for Lifelong Christian Formation in the Diocese of Texas, and is accessible enough to read on the boat, the bus, or the back porch. Newton looks at issues like meaningful work, identity, shame, and how people change, helping us see the light Scripture throws on our true preoccupations and restating ideas like “sin” and “grace” in everyday language. Organized roughly according to the arc of the Christian core narrative, the book returns over and over to a few key insights from different points of view, making it hard to miss the power and beauty of the Gospel’s counterintuitive message: God has already done everything for us in Christ.
If you’re interested in joining in, start on Newton’s book any time. For those who would like to discuss it and hear what others think, you can give yourself most of the summer to read through New Clothes (though it’s under 200 pages). Sometime in August, we’ll organize a get-together or two for Emmanuelites to discuss the book and share what we saw afresh, or for the first time, via its presentation of the Christian life. Mother Beth is also happy, as always, to meet with people individually.