After more than 8 years since the last time, Tuesday Night Bible Study will take on The Gospel of Inclusion. This groundbreaking and controversial book was offered in 2009. It radically transformed the spirituality of dozens of St. John’s folk who took that class.
This time, Cindy Norton and Jim Manchester will co-facilitate the 12-week study that begins on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the William Stokes Friendship Hall in the St. John’s MCC Ministry Center.
We’ll read a chapter or two of Bishop Carlton Pearson’s book in preparation for each class and then discuss what we find. Because of that, it will be important for each participant to have a copy of the book.
The Gospel of Inclusion: Reaching Beyond Religious Fundamentalism to the True Love of God and Self by Carlton Pearson is available from the publisher and other booksellers:
For the first week, please read the Introduction to the book, Part One Introduction, and Chapter One: What is Inclusion? When you sign up, we will email you the course materials for the first session so you can prepare for the first class. A printed copy of each week's course materials will be available the week before the class.
We ask that you NOT read ahead until we are ready to begin preparation for the next chapter. This course builds from week to week. If you read ahead without preparation from the previous chapters, you may find hurdles that are extremely difficult to overcome.
Our schedule for the Course:
|Date||Chapters to be Covered||Azuza Edition
|Tuesday, October 3||Introduction to the book, Part One Introduction, and Chapter One: What is Inclusion?||pp. 1-30||pp. 1-38|
|Tuesday, October 10||Chapter Two: Divine Oneness and Chapter Three: What Brand of God Do You Use?||pp. 31-59||pp. 39-74|
|Tuesday, October 17||Part Two Introduction and Chapter Four: The Gospel of Sin||pp. 61-74||pp. 75-92|
|Tuesday, October 24||Chapter Five: The Gospel of Evil||pp. 75-86||pp. 93-107|
|Tuesday, October 31||Chapter Six: The Gospel of Salvation||pp. 87-107||pp. 109-134|
|Tuesday, November 7||Chapter Seven: The Gospel of Hate||pp. 108-129||pp. 135-161|
|Tuesday, November 14||Chapter Eight: The Gospel of Hell||pp. 130-140||pp. 163-176|
|Tuesday, November 21||Chapter Nine: The Gospel of Faith||pp. 141-160||pp. 177-201|
|Tuesday, November 28||Chapter Ten: The Gospel of Grace||pp. 161-177||pp. 203-222|
|Tuesday, December 5||Part Three Introduction and Chapter Eleven: Re-Imagining God and Other Heretical Notions||pp. 179-191||pp. 223-238|
|Tuesday, December 12||Chapter Twelve: What Second Coming? and Chapter Thirteen: Love: The New Religion||pp. 192-209||pp. 239-261|
|Tuesday, December 19||Afterword: Exile - A Price Worth Paying and Course Wrap Up||pp. 211-221||pp. 263-275|