Zoom links will be included in the weekly all-church email the Friday before the meeting. If you are not on the email list, contact the church office.
Dr. Michael Schroering, “The Rationale for Single Payer Health Care”: Health care continues to be a significant issue in our country and will continue to be so in the future. Retired physician, Dr. Michael Schroering, has been an advocate for single payer health care for three decades, and will discuss his experience. (September 13)
Wilson Juring, Free People Strike: Wilson Juring, son of Tom Juring and Mary Crossley, was injured in the altercation between Pittsburgh Police and demonstrators in East Liberty on June 1. He is now a plaintiff in the suit being brought against law enforcement for what happened when public safety employees fired tear gas and rubber bullets on the crowd. That experience led him to work for the Free People Strike, a statewide movement to free as many of the 45,000 prisoners in PA who are locked up in close quarters in the middle of the pandemic. Juring will share his personal story, the work of Free People Strike, and how we can join the movement. (September 20)
Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and It’s Urgent Lessons For Our Own by Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.: “In this powerful and elegant book on James Baldwin, Eddie Glaude weaves together biography, meditation, a literary analysis, and a moral essay on American. Both Baldwin and this book speak directly to today.” Pastor Vince will lead a two-week study of this profound work as we contemplate the choices before us in the fall of 2020. (September 27 and October 4)
Rev. Karen Rohrer, Sustaining Grace: Innovative Ecosystems for New Faith Communities: In this book, written in collaboration with Dr. Scott Hagley and Rev. Michael Gehrling, a number of innovative voices in the 1001 Worshipping Communities movement ask the question, “How can we imagine new ways to sustain our faithful work in churches, especially in a season of so much institutional vulnerability?” Rohrer will lead conversation about this groundbreaking book. (October 11)
Dr. Alex Finley, An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade: In her award winning book, Dr. Finley explores the relationship between capitalism to slavery and women’s labor. “I consider the actions of women within the antebellum slave market. My research not only illustrates that women’s domestic labor was neither obvious nor natural, it also connects women to the study of more traditional economic questions.” Finley will discuss her thought-provoking study and there is sure to be lively conversation! (October 18)