Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts by Karen Armstrong: Book Discussion

Sunday, November 28th, 4:00 pm (Second of a four-part discussion)

As Rev. James said in a past sermon, many UUs are “refugees” from conservative faiths and denominations, many of which promote “literal” interpretations of scripture.  It is understandable that we UUs might tend to shy away from scripture, but reclaiming these texts in the service of religious liberalism might go along way toward spiritual healing, growth, and the promotion of our UU values. In The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts, Karen Armstrong argues that the narrow application of religious texts and claims that they contain eternal truths is actually a relatively recent phenomenon, and that for hundreds of years these texts were viewed as spiritual tools to connect people with the divine. Texts were seen as fluid and adaptable, rather than providing strict rules for adherents to follow. 
 
Join us for a discussion of this timely book over the course of four separate sessions. The first three sessions will meet over Zoom on Sundays at 4 p.m. : Nov 14, Nov 28, and Dec 12. There is still time to join us! Please register here.

We can use the full Wellspring hour and half for these meetings, but if folks have to leave at 5, that is fine too!

Our fourth session will be in-person on a Sunday in January with location and time TBD by doodle poll which I will send out to registrants.

Reading/Meeting Schedule:
  • Nov 14: Part 1
  • Nov 28: Through Chapter 7, “Canon”
  • Dec 12: Remainder of Part 2 (through Chapter 11, “Ineffability”)
  • Jan TBD: Final in-person dinner meeting, finish book

You can also email me with any questions.

You can place a copy on hold through Wake County public libraries. Inexpensive copies are also available on Amazon.