Bishop's Books

Fall 2018 - Bishop's Book

Bishop Barry Beisner has selected "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" as this fall's Bishop's Book. Join us in reading about this conversation on joy by two remarkable spiritual leaders. 

"Joy is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and a clear sign of God’s presence and favor. In this time of hard hearts and deep divisions, the Church needs to be seeking true joy -- as a way to build community, nurture our souls, and witness to the world that God exists and that we are God’s beloved creation," Bishop Barry said.

An Invitation to Joy from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama: "We hope this small book will be an invitation to more joy and more happiness...We are sharing what two friends, from very different worlds, have witnessed and learned in our long lives. We hope you will discover whether what is included here is true by applying it in your own life."

You can buy the book on Amazon, and it is also available at the Trinity Cathedral Bookshop. A discussion guide for book groups is here.

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Spring 2018 - Bishop's Book

Our Lent/Spring Bishop's Book is "A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life," by Parker Palmer. At this moment of transition in our diocese, and in a world that often seems overcome with, in Palmer's words, "the forces of fragmentation," this classic book helps us to take a look at the ways in which we can support each other in living lives of wholeness.

"Some of the most urgent work of the Church in our time involves learning to look beyond the walls of our churches to notice the ways in which God is at work in the world, and then finding the best ways to join in," says Bishop Barry. 
 
"That noticing and finding require discernment - one of the most important spiritual abilities a Christian can have. Parker Palmer has shown that he has something to teach us about this necessary skill." 
 
The paperback edition includes resources for studying this book together, including a DVD with interviews and other footage from Palmer's retreats at the Center for Courage and Renewal, along with a study guide for readers and leaders.

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Fall 2017 - Bishop's Book

Bishop Barry Beisner has selected "Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict " by Esther de Waal as this fall's Bishop's Book. Join us in reading this excellent primer on incorporating contemplation and prayer into everyday life.

Download the discussion guide here.




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Spring 2017 - Bishop's Book

Bishop Barry has chosen "Toxic Charity," by Robert Lupton, as the Bishop's Book for Spring and Lent. The book discusses ways in which the growing trend of service projects and trips (what Lupton calls the growing “compassion industry”) can be damaging and toxic to the people they are intended to help. He encourages churches to look beyond their good motivations and the benefits that they derive from serving in order to analyze the unintended consequences of dependency and conflict that often arise from one-way charity or service work.

Click here for a companion guide to reading "Toxic Charity," for you and your congregation.

Click here for a companion guide called "Faith In Action" by Confirm Not Conform based on "Toxic Charity." This guide would be a huge help in planning a youth group series or intergenerational event based on the ideas about community engagement presented in the Bishop's Book.
 

2017 Lenten Faith Formation Resources

Click here for books, study guides and more to help you and your congregation observe a holy Lent.


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