Here’s your summer reading list
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The Bible: The Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of Luke tends to be New City’s go-to Gospel (i.e., biography of Jesus) because it emphasizes how God relates tot he marginalized. If you haven’t read the Bible before, this is a great book to start with!
The Bible: Prophetic Texts!
This summer, New City’s sermon series will explore the books of the prophets, some of the most potent social justice-focused texts in the Bible (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and those short ones at the end of the Old Testament). There’s also political intrigue, poetry, and some waaaaay out-there imagery that’s really rad. This group will read these texts more deeply!
Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe, Daniel Erlander
A 100-page hand-printed paraphrase of the bible, from Genesis to Revelation -- a graphic novel of sorts, written with imagination, clarity, humor, and cartoons. Built around the twin themes of food sharing and forgiveness, it helps us to look at scripture with new eyes and rediscover how it can become a means of life and grace rather than destruction and death. (from Erlander’s website)
Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith, Mihee Kim-Kort
Mihee shows how “through the life, work, and witness of Jesus, we see a God who loves us with a queer love...Whenever we love ourselves and our neighbors with the boundary-breaking love of God, we live out this queer spirituality in the world. With a captivating mix of personal story and biblical analysis, Mihee shows us how each of our bodies fits into the body of Christ.” (Fortress Press)
Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman
Thurman was a 20th-century African-American pastor and mystic, mentoring people like Martin Luther King, Jr. in their faith and ministry. He focuses on what the “religion of Jesus” offers to survivors of systemic injustice and generational trauma. He considers Jesus in his historical context as both a spiritual teacher and a social change-maker, especially thinking through spiritual problems of fear, deception, hatred, and love.
The Prophets, Abraham Joshua Heschel
Heschel was a Jewish rabbi who played key roles in the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. The Hebrew prophets spoke to powerful social leaders about the spiritual and political consequences of ancient Israel’s injustice. Heschel discusses how each of the prophets emerged, the themes of their preaching, how they compared to prophets of other religions in their day, and what is human or divine about their testimonies.
Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer
Kimmerer, a Potawatomi woman, brings together the lens of Western science with the lens of traditional ecological knowledge passed down to her by her elders. She discusses the importance of relating to plants and animals as fellow beings whose lives are also sacred. She also addresses how non-indigenous people might enter into this relationship without harmfully appropriating indigenous language and practice.
Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine, Sue Monk Kidd
Sue Monk Kidd tells her story of confronting patriarchy in Christianity and making her way to a feminine spirituality. She “reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women—one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity," embraces the sacredness of ordinary women’s experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life.” (Amazon)
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, Resmaa Menakem
Menakem is a local therapist and facilitator of workshops on healing from racialized trauma through body-based (somatic) practices. This book shows how the trauma of white-body supremacy has been internalized differently in white bodies, black bodies, and police bodies, and what kinds of practices can move us toward healing.
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