Social Issues Forum

Study is an important part of the life of our church. A group of 8-15 members meets on a weekly basis of 4-6 sessions several times during the school year to discuss influential books. In the past our studies have focused on religious issues through reading books by prominent progressive theologians. More recently our focus has been on social issues, especially those which affect our country. Issues we have focused on in the past include immigration, the consequences to most Americans of the unequal distribution of wealth, climate change, and the opioid epidemic.

Our current book for discussion is:

Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying, by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. This special session will be facilitated by a friend of the congregation, Pam MacPherson, who is a poet and longtime hospice activist. Walking Each Other Home is a conversation between Ram Dass and his dear friend Mirabai Bush. It shows us how death gives an unparalleled opening to cultivate gratitude, compassion, mindfulness and an abiding joy in the simple beauty of living. According to Ram Dass, “We are all just walking each other home”

Previous texts have included:

Waking up White by Debby Irving (Winter 2021)

Caste – The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Fall 2020)

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (Spring 2020)  

Falter by Bill McKibben (Fall 2019)

Deer Hunting with Jesus by Joe Bageant (Spring 2019)

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (Fall 2018)

The Lines Become a River by Franciscu Cantu (Spring 2018)

American Nations by Colin Woodard (Fall 2017)

Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild (Spring 2017)

Racial Injustice Series with Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson and The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander (Fall 2016)