Looking for some good reads and social opportunities this winter? Join one or more book discussions facilitated by Pastor Kelly; book descriptions are below.

For each book there will be two discussion dates, times and locations, including Thursdays 6:30–7:30pm at Prosperity Social Club and Saturdays 10:00–11:00am at Panera, 14701 Detroit Ave in Lakewood. In both places you have the option to buy a refreshment, snack or meal.

Beginning January 8 Pilgrim will have a copy of each book available for loan, and one available for purchase, or you may order your own on sites like amazon.com.

Wednesday January 25 at 6:30pm and Saturday January 28 at 10:00am:
Strength to Love by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coretta Scott King said of her husband’s book: “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love. I believe it is because this book best explains the central element of (his) philosophy of nonviolence: His belief in a divine, loving presence that binds all life.”

Thursday February 23 at 6:30pm and Saturday February 25 at 10:00am:
The Cost of Discipleship by The Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Written in 1937, this book soon became a classic exposition of what it means to follow Christ in a modern world beset by a dangerous and corrupt government. A German Lutheran pastor, academic in the Hitler years, Bonhoeffer’s faith prompted his opposition to the Nazis at the outset of their formation. He was eventually imprisoned in Buchenwald and hung by the Gestapo in 1945.

Thursday March 30 at 6:30pm and Saturday April 1 at 10:00am
The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world. Shane’s faith led him to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa, visit families in Iraq amidst bombings, and dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute wealth. Shane lives out this revolution in his local neighborhood, an impoverished community in North Philadelphia, by living among the homeless, helping local kids with homework, and “practicing resurrection” in the forgotten places of our world. Shane’s message will comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable . . . but will also invite us into an irresistible revolution. His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love.

Shane Claiborne will be a guest speaker for a church wide forum here at Pilgrim on October 14, 2017.