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Book Discussion:"Living Without Enemies"

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Book Discussion:"Living Without Enemies"

Time: June 22, 2016 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: St. Matthew's Episcopal church
Street: 2136 Carter Ave
City/Town: St. Paul
Website or Map: http://www.stmatthewsmn.org
Phone: 651 645 3058
Event Type: book, discussion
Organized By: Lis Christenson
Latest Activity: Jun 1, 2016

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Discussion of Living Without Enemies: Being Present in the Midst of Violence by Samuel Wells & Marcia Owen


Book Discussion on June 22 & 29 from 7-8:30 pm in the St. Matthew’s Library


This is a book about violence, especially gun violence in one city. But it has applications well beyond that issue and well beyond that city. It is a book about overcoming powerlessness and fear. It is written for any who feel drawn to care about issues that plague our lives and societies, and to care about the people at the center of them, but who are unsure how to engage with such issues and are paralyzed with fear at the prospect of meeting those most closely involved in them. It’s about learning to love the stranger and making first steps in forming relationships across social boundaries. It’s for those who are discovering that poverty is a mask we put on a person to cover up his or her real wealth and that wealth is a disguise we put on a person to hide his or her profound poverty. In the end, this book aspires to a renewal of the Christian vision not just of ministry but also of God. (p. 17)”


Living With Enemies explores the aforementioned issues through the lens of one woman’s rich and challenging experience as a mother and friend, and then as the part-time director of Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. It also examines the various ways we can be “for” our “with” others, and the many lessons and spiritual practices God teaches us along the way.


To participate please rsvp to Blair Pogue at rector@stmatthewsmn.org. Books are available for purchase in the Parish Hall on Sunday, May 22 or 29 for $17.

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