Bible With Bagels

Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:30AM
Church Lounge

Bible with Bagels meets in the Church Lounge on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:30, with coffee and light refreshments.


Bible with Bagels

Dec 4 The Cloister by James Carroll

Leader:  Peg Bradley

Join us for a discussion of James Carroll’s new novel The Cloister.  Carroll is also the author of the popular book Constantine’s Sword.  From this National Book Award winner comes a novel of timeless love, reaching from midcentury Manhattan to medieval France; from a war-traumatized survivor and the uneasy Catholic priest who consoles her to Heloise and Abelard, whose legendary story is told here as never before.

The story addresses issues that have divided the church from its beginning and continue to separate us today.  The characters in the book struggle with the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross, the meaning of the Trinity, the role of prayer, original sin, and ask the question, “Who killed Jesus?”  Even if you have not read the book, you will be caught up by the story which illuminates life’s most vital questions and proposes inspiring, radical, and timely answers.  


Dec 11 - 18 Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live,                                                                                                        

Love, Parent and Lead.

By Brené Brown

Leader:  Pastor Ted Drewsen


Brené Brown, she’s a social worker, researcher, PhD and explorer of all things human, especially topics, or rather feelings, like courage, vulnerability and shame. 


After I read this book the first time, I went out and bought copies for my kids because it talks about how to live an authentic life in the midst of all that we go through in our daily lives. 


This book explains how vulnerability is at the core of all feelings – not just bad ones like fear, anxiety and shame, but also good ones like love, joy, and passion.


Brene Brown says that we could all use a little more vulnerability in our lives, because it’s neither bad nor good. It just is, and embracing it means being courageous.


Here are 3 lessons about vulnerability and how you can be courageous enough to step into it when you fear it the most:

  1. Vulnerability means strength, not weakness.
  2. Understand and verbalize your shame to make it go away.
  3. Children can only become who you are, so be a role model.

Dec 11: Scarcity, Vulnerability, Myths and Combating Shame 

             Dec. 18: Rehumanizing Education and work and wholehearted parenting