Christian Formation

ST. LUKE’S BOOK CLUB

Our next read is Let The Great World spin: A Novel by Colum McCann on Tuesday, April 23 at noon in the Canterbury Room.   Bring a lunch and a friend!

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate porter of a city and its people.

Let the Great World spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery and promise of New York City in the 1970s.

Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.”
 
A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a “fiercely original talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal.
 

CANTERBURY CINEMA

SIMPLE SOUP SUPPER – Please signup in Clipboard Alley

Wednesday, March 20 at 5 pm.

Crime After Crime

2011 – 1hr 35min – Documentary

The story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison cannot crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman, despite the injustices she has experienced, first at the hands of a duplicitous boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution, and later by prosecutors who cornered her into a life behind bars for her connection to the murder of her abuser. Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when a pair of rookie land-use attorneys cut their teeth on her case – – and attract global attention to the troubled intersection of domestic violence and criminal justice.

Wednesday, March 27 at 5 pm

Serving Life

2011 – 1hr 26min

Actor Forest Whitaker narrates the story of a group of inmate volunteers who staff their own hospice inside a maximum security prison in Louisiana where the average sentence is more than 90 years.

Wednesday, April 3 at 5pm

Green Book

2018 2 hr 10 min

A working-class Italian American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. 

LECTIONARY CONVERSATION

 Wednesday, 1:30 pm (October through June)

The lectionary group takes an in-depth look at the upcoming Sunday scriptures, including looking at the history and theology of a given passage. Needless to say, that makes listening to the sermon on Sunday a much more rewarding experience. This class isn’t sequential, so feel free to drop in on any Wednesday.

Exploring Our Faith: Disciple Bible Study

This is a revised curriculum of a bible study that Barb offered a few years ago and is 24 weeks long.  It will start in November, meeting Thursday mornings.

There will be a sign-up sheet in clipboard alley. If you want further information, please let Barb know. 

Coming to St. Luke’s in Advent & Epiphany 

A Journey with Matthew

Take a journey through the Gospel of Matthew with fifty days of scripture readings, meditations, questions, and prayers. Twenty-five dynamic spiritual leaders and authors serve as guides, writing from around the world about the wisdom, lessons, and parables shared by Matthew, one of the great apostles and evangelists. A Journey with Matthew is an extension of The Bible Challenge, a global initiative to encourage daily engagement with scripture and an exploration of the Word of God. 

This group will meet Monday at 1p.m. for about one hour beginning December 3. If you want to learn more talk with Ralph and Kathy Blankenburg or with David and Joanne Skidmore. This study can also be done individually. The cost is $12 for the book. Please sign -up in Clipboard Alley.