At RCRC I have the incredibly privilege of helping lead one of our adult Sunday school classes. We have two adult Sunday school tracks at RCRC, one is a bible-study track and the other a book-discussion group. In our book-discussion class we tackle books on theology, spiritual living and other material that comments on christian faith. In the past year we have read Lewis Smedes's memoir "My God and I", Gordon Fee's book "Paul, the Spirit and the People of God:" and we just finished a unit, discussing the play Athalie by Racine and wrestling with the biblical passages in Kings and Chronicles that served as its inspiration.
We just are about four chapters into our discussion of Marlena Graves's book on suffering, "A Beautiful Disaster". Marlena is a former youth leader & member of our congregation. Marlena and her husband Shawn moved away for Rochester right at the same time Chris and I moved here. We know each other mainly through social media and through acquaintances. It has been a blessing to discuss the book as mixed group, those who personally know her and those like me who know her through her words.
I think all of us in the book-study class are being blessed and challenged by Marlena's book and I wanted to share here some of our discussion questions, so those who are not able to participate with us every week can still share in our discussion.