On October 8, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Central, The Episcopal Booksellers Association is hosting a conversation with The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Curry will be discussing his newest book, Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times, which will be published on September 22. The virtual meeting will consist of remarks about the book from Bishop Curry and a question and answer discussion with The Very Reverend Barkley S. Thompson, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral.
That’s a whole lot of holy wisdom going on in one Zoom meeting, and it promises to be uplifting, thought-provoking, and clarifying about just what the word love really means. And, more importantly, just how we can put it into practice in our lives. In his book Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus, Bishop Curry said “Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.”
If there ever was a time when we felt like we needed to make that transformation from nightmare into dream reality, it’s right now. In this new book, the Bishop explains how the way of love is “essential for addressing the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the world today: poverty, racism, selfishness, deep ideological divisions, competing claims to speak for God.” He also shares how we can develop the “deep reservoirs of hope and resilience, simple wisdom, the discipline of nonviolence, and unshakable regard for human dignity” that we need in order to meet these challenges.
Bishop Curry believes that “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.” Join the Cathedral Bookstore and readers from other Episcopal bookstores across the country to hear what promises to be a powerful and practical discussion between two wise, articulate Episcopalian leaders about the real possibility of living a life of faith and love in these times.
To purchase your copy of Bishop Curry’s Love is the Way click here.
To purchase Dean Thompson’s In the Midst of the City: The Gospel and God’s Politics, click here.
We are created to follow the Way of love of the Lord Jesus. When we sacrifice our pride; when we uplift and live into our true nature; when we follow the Way of Jesus, then bonds of grace and community form and strengthen, and our world, that may at first seems like a deserted island cut off from hope, becomes, in the light of love, paradise.
~Barkley S. Thompson