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Pr. Lenny invites everyone to a new book study which he and his launch team are starting May 19th at 7p. The meetings will be conducted via Zoom on an every-other-week basis until the text is thoroughly covered.
The book is "For All Who Hunger" set for publication May 15th. It is the story of Rev. Emily Scott as she plants a new church in NYC. She never planned on becoming a pastor. But when she started a church for misfits that met over dinner in Brooklyn, she discovered an unlikely calling—and an antidote to modern loneliness.
Contact Pr. Lenny and he will put on the distribution list for the Zoom meeting link and provide the reading schedule. The group will meet every-other week until the entire text is covered. You can pre-order the book today so you get it on time for our first meeting.
Beloved, Thanks, so much for joining (or considering) the "For All Who Hunger" All Read! As you know Rev. Scott's book publishing date was yesterday, so I hope you are diving in. Next week I would love to discuss the prologue and Section I Creation. We will spend some time dwelling in this idea of the fear of trying something new and scary vs our need to gather in community. I also want to dwell in the idea of community as a cure to the existential loneliness of the 21st century and maybe what church has to say into that space, but I'm sure it will be an ongoing theme of our discussions. We will gather ever two weeks and read two chapters until we are done. Towards the end of our discussions Reverend Scott has been kind enough to join us for one session so you will get to hear from her about this incredibly theologically rich work, a very brief Q and A will follow.
"I absolutely devoured this exquisitely written memoir."—Nadia Bolz-Weber, New York Times bestselling author of Shameless
As founding pastor of St. Lydia's in Brooklyn, New York, where worship takes place over a meal, Emily Scott spent eight years ministering to a scrappy collective of people with different backgrounds, incomes, and levels of social skills. Each week they broke bread, sang hymns, made halting conversation with strangers, then did the dishes. In a city where everyone lives on top of each other yet everyone is lonely, these gatherings around a table offered connection and solace that soon would become their lifelines.
When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the coast of New York, Scott and her church members were faced with a disorienting crisis. Startled by the impact of the storm on their more vulnerable neighbors, they learned to work alongside one another, bailing water out of basements and canvassing emptied apartment buildings. Every week, they returned to those steady, strong tables at Dinner Church. Together, they found community, even in the midst of disaster. Scott discovered how small acts of connection hold more power than we realize in a time when our differences were being weaponized, and learned to create activism and justice work fueled by empathy and relationship.
With tenderness and humor, Scott weaves stories and reflections from the life of her unlikely congregation while articulating the value of church as a place where people can hear not only that they are loved but that they are good.
For All Who Hunger is a story about a God whose love has no limits and a faith that opens our eyes to the truth. There's a place for you at the table.
In a lot of ways, the "Church with No Name" is the spiritual younger sibling of the St. Lydia's community and so I want us to spend some time learning the stories of those who have tried this emergent progressive church work before us. To grow to love and know those around the wider church and world who believe in radically affirming community, and to know that we stand among a cloud of witnesses in this new ministry.