Redding Pilgrim
Congregational Church, UCC

Category: Faith Forum Topics

The Fabricated Paul

December 29th, 2013

The Fabricated Paul: Early Christianity in the Twilight – discussion of a book by Herman Detering. In theology and church Paul is regarded as the most important and most reliable historial witness to Jesus and early Christianity. This book nevertheless contradicts the common conception and shows that all the Pauline letters are in fact skillful falsifications […]

The Immortal Diamond

September 4th, 2013

Readers and Seekers are taken by the depth and profound ity of Richard Rohr’s writing in this book, “Immortal Diamond: The Search for our True Self”.  We will be reading this book through September 16th.  You are welcome to join in discussions at any time.

God Revised

Readers and Seekers will be reading and discussing Galen Guengerrich’s book, “God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age” beginning on Moday evening, October 7th and continuing through Nov.4th.  You are welcome to join at any time.


Readers and Seekers will be reading and discussion Reza Aslan’s book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” beginning November 11, 2013 and continuing through January 2014. You are wecome to join us any Monday evening in the Fireside room of Pilgrim Church 7:00 – 8:30.

The Muslim Next Door

June 6th, 2013

“An engaging and enlightening work. The author has provided an indispensable vade mecum for anyone interested in a sensitive and feminist perspective on Islam, free of the rhetoric and exaggerations common in contemporary public discourse. The book is conversational in tone and very readable and, although the subject is serious, the author has a gift […]

The Great Transformation

April 25th, 2013

From Karen Armstrong, the bestselling author of A History of God and The Spiral Staircase, comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought.In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present day—the […]

Christian Mysticism

September 10th, 2012

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality   We will begin reading this fabulous book by Carl McColman on Monday, September 17th at our regular gathering of Readers and Seekers in the Fireside Room at 7:00pm.  In the introduction McColman says,   “I’m writing about Christian mysticism because I love […]

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

June 7th, 2012

In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting […]

Ancestral Grace: Meeting God in Our Human Story

May 11th, 2012

Quoting O’Murchu – page 192: “The death throes of our time are manifest particularly in what is transpiring within our major social, religious, political and economic institutions.  With greater rapidity and frequency they are becoming ‘permanently failing organizations’  what another specialist calls ‘epics of entropy’, increasingly failing to deliver on anything of significance for humanity or […]

Speaking Christian

April 12th, 2012

Marcus Borg, in his book Speaking Christian, suggests that a heaven-and-hell framework distorts what Christianity is all about. Borg asks “What if Christianity and salavation are really about transformation – the transformation of ourselves and of the world?” He goes on, “In Jesus’s passion for the kingdom of God, we see God’s passion for a […]