Led by Rev. Stephanie Vader
Monday Evenings at 7:00 – 8:30pm or
Tuesday Mornings at 9:30 – 11am
Youth Room 

Beginning Monday evening, November 26, 7-8:30 PM
or Tuesday morning, November 27, 9:30-11 AM:
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
by Gregory Boyle

“This is a beautiful and important and soul-transporting book. . . . Please read it.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

“If you’re in the market for genuine inspiration, I urge you to read Barking to the Choir.” —Ann Patchett

In a moving example of unconditional love in dif­ficult times, the Jesuit priest and bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship.

In his first book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the worldCritics hailed that book as an “astounding literary and spiritual feat” (Publishers Weekly) that is “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (Los Angeles Times). Now, after the suc­cessful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with Barking to the Choir to reveal how com­passion is transforming the lives of gang members.

In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgive­ness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.

This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, Barking to the Choir invites us to find kinship with one another and re-convinces us all of our own goodness.

Classes will resume later in the year!

Stories with Intent:
A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus
by Klyne R. Snodgrass

Telling stories seems to have been a distinctive aspect of Jesus’ teaching. There is a body of over 30 stories which the Gospel writers attribute to Jesus. Some of the stories appear in several of the Gospels, in slightly different forms. Using this comprehensive study book, we will explore some of Jesus’ parables in depth. We will learn in detail the historical context in which these stories were told, the part they played in Jesus’ overall message, and the ways in which they have been interpreted in the church.  We will also explore other parables found in the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world.