Current Adult Study
Epiphany Bible Study Series
“Into the Light: Finding Hope through Prayers of Lament”
Tuesdays, January 12 – February 16
7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
In a sermon called “Learning to Lament,” Duke Divinity School professor Ellen Davis says “lament is a cry of human powerlessness, but it is…at the same time an appeal to God’s power and mercy. Strange though it may sound, lament is something we need to learn how to do. As with other kinds of prayer, we need to learn how to appeal to God in good faith, how to speak to God without deceiving ourselves and dishonoring God. Scripture is altogether our best guide to prayer, but you have to ask: How can it guide us in this situation?” (Preaching the Luminous Word, 2016, p. 216) The situation behind Davis’ call to lament was the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. Now a decade later, in the midst of a pandemic that has taken an incredible toll on the world and affected so many of us personally, the call to a practice of lament is even more pressing.
To that end, the South Berkshire Episcopal/Lutheran Churches will offer a six-week Epiphany Bible Study Series on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom. The Revs. Sam Smith, Erik Karas, and Libby Wade will be our guides as we engage Biblical laments to help us acknowledge the depths of suffering and find hope in the midst of that suffering.
We hope you will be part of our inter-congregational Zoom Community!
Questions? Ask Father Sam.
Friday Lectionary Study Group – 12:00 p.m.
Led by the members of St. John’s Williamstown
Get more out of Sunday morning by getting a sneak peek at the upcoming readings. Every Friday, we read through the upcoming readings and reflect on how God is speaking to us today. Please contact Mary Lovvorn to receive an invitation.
Stay Tuned for Our Next Racial Justice Reading Circle
Racial Justice Reading Lists
A word from the librarian (Patty Melville)…
At the moment, reading list after list is popping up on-line. These are just a few of what have been coming up. The lists are well done, provide a wide variety of material, have many cross-overs, and are annotated. There IS something for everyone. If you find something off the list? Go for it and share… I’m about to finish Beloved, by Toni Morrison (may be one of the toughest books I’ve tackled in isolation), want to delve into Ta-Nehisi Coates’ work, am intrigued by Ibram X. Kendi’s writings and influence on the genre, and plan on icing it all with some Langston Hughes poetry.
Marguerite Ward. “18 books on race and white privilege that will show you what’s really happening in America right now.” Business Insider, June 11, 2020, https://www.businessinsider.com/books-white-privilege-novels-racism-antiracism-black-scholars-2020-6.
Elizabeth A. Harris. “People Are Marching Against Racism. They’re Also Reading About It.” The New York Times, June 10, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/05/books/antiracism-books-race-racism.html?ref=oembed.
Isabella Rosario. “This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea“. NPR, June 6, 2020, https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/06/871023438/this-list-of-books-films-and-podcasts-about-racism-is-a-start-not-a-panacea.
“Anti-Racist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi.” Chicago Public Library, https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/204842963/1357692923.
Ibram X. Kendi. “An Antiracist Reading List.” The New York Times, May 29, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html?ref=oembed.