Good News for the avid readers in our Community.
The following new books have been purchased for ‘Meg’s Library’ (the St James/CPRT Library) in the Brindabella Room. To keep up to date with the library please visit our Library page at http://www.stjames.unitingchurch.org.au/?page_id=338
Diana Bass Butler, Christianity after religion, 2012
Diana Butler Bass offers a fresh interpretation of the “spiritual but not religious” trend and shares a hope-filled vision for a renewed faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus.
Diana Bass Butler, The practicing congregation: imagining a new old church, 2004
In her provocative new book, historian and researcher Diana Butler Bass argues that there are signs that mainline Protestant churches are indeed changing, finding a new vitality intentionally grounded in Christian practices and laying the groundwork for a new type of congregation. http://www.dianabutlerbass.com/home.html
Joseph A Bessler, A Scandalous Jesus: how three historic quests changed theology for the better, 2013
“With theological agility and clarity, Joe Bessler teaches us how three quests for the historical Jesus opened historic questions about dissent and free public discourse, about human struggle and diversity, and about the power of language to disorient and reorient.” — Kristine A. Culp, The University of Chicago
Dr Stuart Edsder, Being gay, being Christian: you can be both
Being Gay, Being Christian dispels the myths surrounding this topic and shows that being gay is neither a sickness nor a sin, but an orientation that is neither wilfully chosen nor wilfully changed, as integral to a person as their temperament, personality or intelligence. Author, well-known Newcastle Psychologist, gay man and Christian, Dr Stuart Edser argues passionately for church people to open their minds and show a willingness to discard older ways of thinking where more modern explanations reveal the truth more accurately.
David Galston, Embracing the human Jesus: a wisdom path for contemporary Christianity, 2012
Ecumenical Chaplain at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, and a United Church minister, David Galston’s book is a sincere effort to think anew about Christianity and Christian practice on the foundation of a purely human Jesus.
Phillip Gulley, The Evolution of faith, 2011
Gulley a Quaker Minister and writer: “The future of Christianity will rest in our ability to make our spiritual boundaries more porous, welcome the wisdom of other faiths, and borrow the best from other spiritual traditions, even as we share with them the stories and insights of Christianity. This in no way dishonors the contributions of Jesus, but recalls his appreciation for those persons thought to be outside the circle of God’s favor.”
Phillip Gulley, If the Church were Christian, 2010
The largest group in American religious life may be the disillusioned—people who have been involved in the church, respect Jesus, but question what Christianity has become. In If the Church Were Christian Philip Gulley provides a profound picture of what the church could look like if it refocused on the priorities of Jesus.
John Smith and Rex Hunt, New life: rediscovering faith, stories from progressive Christians, 2013
Past St James Minister, Rex Hunt has jointly edited this book where lay people tell of their faith journey into progressive Christianity. It includes stories from St James members Ruth Doobov and Aaron Harper!