October 9, 2015

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.]



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

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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.

TED Discusses The Fourth Gospel January 2014

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

In January, Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) will begin reading The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic by John Shelby Spong. It should be a great preparation for Lent and Easter. A literal (mis)reading of John’s gospel has historically led to heresy hunts and the Inquisition. Spong approached the gospel by placing it into the context of Jewish scriptures and the worship patterns of the synagogue, allowing him to see it as a popular form of Jewish mysticism. Read as such, the gospel offers a liberating view of the humanity of Jesus and the reality of God.


One reader claims that The Fourth Gospel is “a must read for every Christian who has tried to make sense of this gospel.” Another notes that it “reads like a cross between a detective story and an adventure saga that is founded on excellent scholarship. I could not put it down.”


Join TED on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:00pm for potluck and fellowship in the Heritage Room, beginning January 13. Books will be available to buy in the church office and to borrow from the  St. Louis County Library.

New book for TED in November!

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

Just in time for the Advent and Christmas run up, Tuesday Evening Dialogue will begin reading Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggeman. In Sabbath as Resistance Brueggeman prescribes an alternative to our consumerist, competitive culture, a culture which promotes “anxiety, coercion, exclusivism, and multitasking.”

Books are available in the church office. Copies are also available on Nook and Kindle. TED will cover the book in three sessions: November 11 and 25 and December 9. All are welcome. Contacts: Dottie Dwyer (dkdwyer@charter.net, 314-821-6073) or Mary Jo Cannon (maryjo991@aol.com, 314-469-3485)

Turning Shoes into Water

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If you are buying new back-to-school shoes, you may have old ones to dispose of. That is why TED has placed a dark brown hamper in the Greeting Area. You can place old shoes in the hamper so that we can turn them into water for places in the world where water is not close to a village. The Shoe Man will use them to buy equipment to bring water to these villages. Any shoes, worn or barely used can be put in the hamper.

TED Fall Plans

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TED Fall Plans

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

Tuesday Evening Dialog (TED) will meet September 9& 23for potluck and fellowship in the Heritage Room. On the 9th we will share summer/vacation stories, a fabulous mea and reading suggestions for the coming year.

We will also begin discussing Jesus Is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered, by Martin Copenhaver. Rev. Copenhaver is a UCC pastor, the new President of Andover Newton Theological School in MA (Pastor Kevin’s alma mater), and editor-at-large for The Christian Century. Please read the first three short chapters.

Catholic author Richard Rohr writes, “In general, we can see that Jesus’ style is almost exactly the opposite of modern televangelism or even the mainline church approach of bits of inspiring advice and workable solutions for daily living. Jesus is too much the Jewish prophet to merely stabilize the status quo with platitudes.” Copenhaver writes, “Jesus is not a giver of advice…He does not provide easy answers…Easy answers can give us a sense of finality. By entertaining hard questions God has a chance to change us.”

Books are available for purchase in the church office for $15.00. Everyone welcome!

TED Summer Schedule & New Book

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Tuesdays: Jul 8 & 22; Aug 12 | 6:00-8:00pm | Heritage Room
Our Summer book will be The Year of  Living Biblically: One Man’s Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs. This is an interesting, funny, spiritual and thought provoking book that is perfect for summer reading.  Copies will be available in the office soon.
Come join us this summer for three very interesting evenings of fellowship, food, and spirited discussion!  For more information, contact us.

Shoe Collection for Fresh Water

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While you are switching to summer sandals, are those old winter shoes too worn out to save for next year? Does your shoe section of the closet need clearing out? If so bring your old shoes to the TED hamper in the Gathering Space. They will be turned into fresh water by the ShoeMan giving some moms a chance to not have to walk a mile to get her water or some children some nourishing refreshment.

TED Begins New Book about What Divides Good People 3/25

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On March 25, the Tuesday Evening Dialogue group will begin a fascinating study of THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, a new book by Johnathan Haidt. Haidt has done the seemingly impossible: challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. He explains why liberals, conservatives and libertarians have such different feelings about right and wrong and attempts to give readers the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, come join the ‘readers and eaters’ to learn some revelations about human nature and share your thoughts about achieving peaceful resolution. Copies of the book are available in the office for $9.00 each, cash or check with “TED Book” in the memo line. Questions: Dottie Dwyer 378-5159 Jjdwyer@charter.net or Mary Jo Cannon 469-3485MaryJo991@aol.com. We gather in the Heritage Room at 6:00pm for potluck dinner and discussion concluding at8:00pm. Invite a friend. Everyone welcome!