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Religious & Spiritual Life

Chaplain's Book Club

The location for the discussion, unless otherwise noted is the Fireside Room in the Driscoll Center, North.  You are welcome to bring your lunch!

JD Vance's hillbilly elegy

Tuesday, September 19 at noon -- IN THE 1864 RM, DRISCOLL NORTH

HILLBILLY

DU's "One book One DU"!

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

Co-facilitator will be Prof. Paul Michelac (Morgridge College of Education)

GREG EPSTEIN'S GOOD WITHOUT GOD

Tuesday, October 17 at noon

 Good without God

 

Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and other New Atheists, Good Without God makes a bold claim for what nonbelievers do share and believe. Author Greg Epstein, the Humanist chaplain at Harvard, offers a world view for nonbelievers that dispenses with the hostility and intolerance of religion prevalent in national bestsellers like God is Not Great and The God Delusion. Epstein's Good Without God provides a constructive, challenging response to these manifestos by getting to the heart of Humanism and its positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and good without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being.

For an interview with the author, follow this link.

Co-facilitator will be Prof. Greg Robbins (Religious Studies).

Blair Stonechild's The Knowledge Seeker

Tuesday, November 14 at noon

Knowledge Seeker

In The Knowledge Seeker, Blair Stonechild shares his own sixty-year journey of learning--from residential school to PhD and beyond--looking all the while to find a place for Indigenous spirituality in the classroom. Encouraged by an Elder who insisted sacred information be written down, Stonechild explores the underlying philosophy of his people's teachings to demonstrate that Indigenous spirituality can speak to our urgent, contemporary concerns.

For a podcast/interview with the author, follow this link.

Co-facilitator: TBA!


Past Book Discussions (MP3)

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