Bishop's Books

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.


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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