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The Sierra Pacific Resource Center serves 180 congregations in Northern California and Northern Nevada who comprise the ELCA’s Sierra Pacific Synod. While its holdings are located on the campus of Hope Lutheran Church, Fresno, CA, its Website, social media presence, and gratis delivery of books, DVDs, CDs, tapes and other media make it a responsive lending library to the entire Synod.
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The Vision of the Resource Center is to increase quality and availability of both print and electronic resources to meet the needs of congregational leaders in support of their educational, worship and missional needs; gather, purchase and provide materials that are consistent with Christian theology and Lutheran doctrine and beliefs; and, facilitate circulation of the Resource Center collection even as we grow in the use of digital methods and materials.
The Sierra Pacific Synod is committed to centering the voices of those with the most at stake. Those living at the intersections of issues and events must be allowed to speak first, last and longest.
Watch Bishop Megan Rohrer’s interview here. ISBN/ISSN: 9780802879264 Description: (from the Resource Center’s listing) A challenge to the doctrine of biblical inerrancy that calls into question how Christians are taught more about the way of Whiteness than the way of Jesus Angela Parker wasn’t just trained to be a biblical scholar; she was trained to be a White male biblical scholar. She is neither White nor male. Dr. Parker’s experience of being taught to forsake her embodied identity in order to contort herself into the stifling construct of Whiteness is common among American Christians, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. This book calls the power structure behind this experience what it is: White supremacist authoritarianism. Drawing from her perspective as a Womanist New Testament scholar, Dr. Parker describes how she learned to deconstruct one of White Christianity’s most pernicious lies: the conflation of biblical authority with the doctrines of inerrancy and infallibility. As Dr. Parker shows, these doctrines are less about the text of the Bible itself and more about the arbiters of its interpretation–historically, White males in positions of power who have used Scripture to justify control over marginalized groups. This oppressive use of the Bible has been suffocating. To learn to breathe again, Dr. Parker says, we must “let God breathe in us.” We must read the Bible as authoritative, but not authoritarian. We must become conscious of the particularity of our identities, as we also become conscious of the particular identities of the biblical authors from whom we draw inspiration. And we must trust and remember that as long as God still breathes, we can too. Age Groups: High School; Young Adult; Adult (30-55)
Do the words of the Reverend Dr. King tend to ring hollow so oft replayed this time of year? Maybe they’ll regain their “zing” if heard from the lips of our own contemporaries. Tune in, won’t you, to the Metro D.C. Synod’s recording from last year of a special event: “A Prophetic Call to the Church: The Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963” https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=218759536540606
The end of Christmas rewards us with more than freedom from festive decorations as we discern the revelation the Christ child has profound meaning to the whole of humanity. Have a look at this year’s Living Lutheran article for this holy day. https://www.livinglutheran.org/2022/01/a-time-to-pay-attention/ (photo credit: iStock.com)
Find out why, on a clear day you can see tomorrow! Hunter engages us in a wonderful exploration of the church to come. How does it come about. During an easy read through seven chapters we may learn how to keep the church going and keep it alive! Like the ancient city of Corinth, we are vulnerable to multiple threats of violence from within and without…searching people are looking for life… God is calling our churches to love, serve and reach the people of a pluralistic society.” (pp24-26) Hunter expands on the idea that we plant, Mother Nature waters and God provides the increase. He challenges us to reach out to the hopeless, the incorrigible, unredeemable; to welcome and receive them. Chapters 5 and 6 cover speciﬁcs of small group ministry as applied to addiction and recovery.
I found Chapter 7 a very helpful starting point for apostolic outreach. Hunter emphasizes ministry, hospitality and conversation. Most importantly speciﬁc pointers to help us go about this at times uncomfortable adventure. Can our congregation give a “YES” answer to ﬁve key questions (p.187). I can recommend Hunter’s slim volume a a great Council read and a roadmap for outreach travel.
“A collection of essays written by 29 authors including Walter Brueggemann, Bill Moyers, Shane Claiborne, Marcus Borg, Brian McLaren, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. In his introduction, the editor, George Johnson stresses the importance of asking questions when “we encounter issues and ideas that challenge us to think differently.” The overriding question for Johnson is “Does my way of thinking help me to love God and love my neighbor?” This collection of readings is a good discussion stimulator. Notes are available on request.”
Completed by writer and pastor Jeff Chu, Rachel’s posthumous book is now available for check-out at the RC. Here are her words describing this book: “I’ve come to believe that wholehearted faith isn’t just about coming to terms with the heart that beats inside me. Wholeheartedness is about seeing and comprehending my place in a bigger family of faith. It is about rising hurt and confusion for the sake of the thing that so many of us seek: belonging. This is an-to-read style which speaks straight to the heart.
There is a leader’s guide and DVD available for each book. The books are well written and generate lots of discussion. David Lose is senior pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He was president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia from 2014 to 2017 and was on the faculty at Luther Seminary for fourteen years. He has written a blog (https://www.davidlose.net/ ) for many years which is the source for very useful commentary.
Stevenson’s story of his own efforts to bring justice to wrongfully incarcerated Blacks in Alabama, leading to formation of his national Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) organization and legal practice, as well as many successful prisoner releases. Powerful. Made into a movie in 2019 starring Michael B. Jordan. Also excellent.