Thursday Night Minyan [Postponed until 1/23]

Thursdays | 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Christie House Library

Ben Bradstreet

The Thursday Night Minyan is reading The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr (with Mike Morrell). Why should you join them? Maybe… 

  • you want to engage in the Spiritual Discipline of Study, and you know that’s easier to do in a six week class with others, than just reading by yourself.
  • you want to understand what the Trinity is and how a contemporary, 21st century, Seattle-ite might believe in it. 
  • after saying The Nicene Creed in church every week you want to spend some time considering this thing that “we” say we “believe.” 
  • you don’t say the creed, and want to spend time considering that. 
  • you’re looking for an opportunity to sit with folks who might think differently than you, because after all that time with your family over the holidays you know you need to practice that some.

The book’s publisher has this to say about the book:

“What if changing our perception of God has the potential to change everything? God is not what you think. Visions of an angry, distant, moral scorekeeper or a supernatural Santa Claus handing out cosmic lottery tickets to those who attend the right church or say the right prayer dominate our culture. For many others, God has become irrelevant or simply unbelievable.

In The Divine Dance, Fr. Richard Rohr (with Mike Morrell) points readers to an unlikely opening beyond this divinity impasse: the at-times forgotten, ancient mystery of the Trinity—God as utterly one, yet three.

Drawing from Scripture, theology, and the deepest insights of mystics, philosophers, and sages throughout history, Fr. Rohr presents a compelling alternative to aloof and fairytale versions of God.”

Richard Rohr makes the argument that our society has suffered over time because we have de-mystified the Trinity. He says that mindset has turned conservatives into Fundamentalists and liberals into Atheists, and the world is worse for it. In the book, he’ll offer a way for an intelligent, rational, person to embrace the Trinity as real (and, admittedly, a real mystery); and by embracing the Trinity, offer us a path toward reconciliation with our neighbors that is so desperately needed today.

This minyan focuses on contemporary authors/theology and the Bible, with occasional excursions further afield; changing books/topics every six weeks or so. We’ve previously read works by Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren, Nadia Bohls Weber, Jonathan Sacks, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Hildegard of Bingen; as well as Genesis, Jeremiah, Matthew, Galatians, Hebrews. Contact Ben Bradstreet at bwbradst@yahoo.com for information.