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 most recent book for discussion was:

Tightrope (Spring 2020)  
We spent April reading and having an online discussion of Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  “A picture of working-class families needlessly but profoundly damaged as a result of decades of policy mistakes. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore.”

Previous texts have included:

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)