June 21, 2018

TED (Tuesday Evening Dialogue)

Tuesday Evening Dialogue
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00pm | Heritage Room | potluck dinner & discussion | childcare provided until 8:30pm

Great fellowship. Yummy food. Lively conversation. Typically an interesting and provocative book is studied and discussed. Join us! [Click on the titles to view the expanded posts.]



Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Hillbilly Elegy—Jan 9

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Hillbilly Elegy—Starting Jan 9

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of casual potluck suppers and book discussions with the hotly discussed 2016 book: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. This book has gained much attention during the contentious 2016 election cycle, often cited as shining a light on the populist vote that emerged in our recent general election. Join the TED discussion group as we tackle this title and many others in 2017! Books are available for purchase in the church office or purchase it yourself, print or electronic!

Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com

Tuesday Evening Dialogue NEW Book October 25

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2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

TED is offering a respite from election addiction / burnout with a shared reading of a “gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation…” ~The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel Joyce’s 2012 bestseller recounts the unexpected journey of a recently-retired Englishman who walks the entire length of England to visit an old friend living in hospice. He’s on a quest—and we get to share in his life-changing encounters along the way.

Come join TED in the Heritage Room for an easy read, excellent food, and conversation which won’t make you want to turn off the TV—or throw something at it! Books will be available for purchase in the church office or in various formats at booksellers and local libraries. For more info, contact Dottie Dwyer: dkdwyer@charter.net

Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Study 9/13

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2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue Group (TED) has chosen a new book entitled Human Being and Becoming: Living the Adventure of Life and Love by David Benner. We plan to discuss the first 4 chapters of our new selection on September 13. Books are available  in the office for $14.50. We always welcome new participants.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 28

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 28

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

We’re switching it up! Instead of a book, we will work through a list of questions that the Confirmands have learned in their classes.  Three of us did this at AE and didn’t finish all of them. It reminds us of questions like: How many books are in the Bible to theological questions.  We will try this for one night and see how we like it and how far we get. Come and see how much you remember of your own confirmation and how your own theology has changed over the years.

This is a new format: there is no assigned reading and no book to buy. Just come.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue Book Study: BEYOND RESISTANCE

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New Book: Beyond Resistance  begins March 22
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00pm | Heritage Room | childcare provided

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of potluck fellowship and book discussion with a SPECIAL OFFERING this Spring, 2016!

We are reading the latest book from our UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer—BEYOND RESISTANCE as our next selection, and we warmly welcome anyone to join us in the journey!

BEYOND RESISTANCE is Dorhauer’s postmodern look at the future of the mainline church, the emergence of a “second Reformation”, and the opportunities which loom for churches like Parkway UCC to respond and thrive…or die. Written with both a measure of concern and hope, Dorhauer describes a world of possibility for the Church, with many CHALLENGING options to unite us and prepare us for the future.

Please join TED for this special book reading. Books are available in the church office ($16) or via your favorite book supplier.

This is going to be very special! ALL ARE WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd (314-872-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com) if you have questions.

New Book for the New Year


2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00pm | Heritage Room | childcare provided

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues their tradition of study and fellowship on January 12 with the latest from Diana Butler Bass: Grounded—Finding God in the World. 

“The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us – and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.”

Please join us for these lively and friendly potluck supper/book discussions. Those interested in this book may purchase a copy from the church office OR from your preferred book vendor. Contact Dottie Dwyer (dkdwyer@charter.net), Mary Jo Cannon (maryjo991@aol.com), or Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com) for more information. 


Tuesday Evening Dialogue NEW BOOK—starts Oct 27

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2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzaia & Christina Lamb

I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

Questions? Ask Dottie Dwyer (dkdwyer@charter.net), Mary Jo Cannon (maryjo991@aol.com), or Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com)!


AND, a special opportunity on Tuesday, October 27.  Earlier this year the TED group read Steve Patterson’s recent publication The Lost Gospels.  As a special treat, Steve Patterson will be skyping with the TED group on October 27 from 6:30-7:00pm to share additional reflections on his book.  SO, if you have read the book or are just a Patterson fan – please join us at 6pm for potluck and 6:30 to “chat with Steve.”

The Road to Character Book Study Begins Aug 11

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In August we begin reading columnist David Brooks’ latest book The Road to Character (beginning August 11).

Brooks began studying the lives of people he admired—people like Dwight Eisenhower, Dorothy Day, George Eliot, Augustine—to determine what they shared and how they achieved “generosity of spirit and. . . depth of character.” He soon determined that such “wonderful people are made, not born.” And that they made themselves—through a conscious series of moral and spiritual choices. Our culture and educational systems emphasize what he calls “resume virtues” and neglect the “eulogy virtues.”


Books will be for sale in the church office or available in libraries, bookstores, and e-readers. Everyone welcome! We usually read the introduction and 1 or 2 chapters the first session of a new book.

Jesus as a Teacher of Wisdom

lostwayCaptureRecovery of a lost ancient Christian tradition centered on Jesus as a teacher of wisdom: TED Begins New Book Study May 12

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

In May Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) will begin reading Steve Patterson’s The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins. Steve, a former Professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, is familiar to many at Parkway as a popular Sunday morning Adult Education teacher. This book introduces readers to Jesus as wisdom teacher, as portrayed in the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas and the lost Gospel known as “Q.” Together these two gospels “illuminate a lost chapter in the story of Christian origins, one in which Jesus and other prophets of wisdom advocated something they called ‘the Way.’” This tradition precedes the Pauline tradition—the dominant portrayal—of “Jesus as deity and martyr, emphasizing his death and resurrection.”


We’ll cover chapters 1-2 on May 12. We expect to complete the book by the end of June. Books are available in the church office for $19. Sometimes we share books.


All are welcome. Food is plentiful and varied. Discussion is lively. And caring is guaranteed. For more info, contact Dottie Dwyer at dkdwyer@charter.net or at 314-821-607.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue Discusses Religious Pluralism beginning March 24

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2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Fellowship

Join us for a discussion of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel.

Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement. 

Patel, a former Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford, is the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that unites young people of different religions to perform community service and explore their common values. Patel argues that such work is essential, manifesting the faith line that will define the 21st century. Patel’s own story is more powerful than the exhaustive examples he provides of how mainstream faith failed to reach young people like Osama bin Laden and Yighal Amir, the assassin of Yitzhak Rabin. 

With honesty, Patel relates how he suffered the racist taunts of fellow youth, and, in response, alternately rebelled against and absorbed the religion of his parents—Islam—but in his own way. Meanwhile, he continued to pursue interfaith work with vigor, not quite knowing his end goal but always feeling in his gut that interfaith understanding was the key. This autobiography of a young activist captures how an angry youth can be transformed—by faith, by the community and, most of all, by himself—into a profound leader for the cause of peace. 


Eboo Patel is widely recognized for his core belief that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He’s inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He is a frequent contributor to “ The Christian Century”  and “ Sojourners”  publications and he has shared his vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground.