Lenten Small Groups

JOB: WILL THE REAL GOD OF THE UNIVERSE PLEASE STAND UP?
Sundays, March 3rd, 10th, 17th (11:30am) Wesley Room

Job is a hugely complex book and has been read and understood in myriad ways over the years. Join Rev. Dr. John Holbert as he shares his contention that the church and the synagogue have never come to serious grips with this wonderful book, and as a result its important struggles with the nature of God have seldom served in ways the author hoped. In the three weeks of Follow Up, we will explore the entire book, albeit in very brief compass, searching its wonders for insight and challenge as we hear the ancient writer speak once again—or for some of us for the very first time. Please bring a Bible.

WERE YOU THERE?
Five Week Book Group Reflecting on African American Spirituals
Starting Sunday, March 10th (11:20am) Room 301

This book group centers on “Were You There?” (available via Amazon) and will be paired with an online playlist that allows participants the opportunity to read, listen, and learn from these powerful spirituals. This group will come together every Sunday during Lent to discuss their experiences and insights as a community. Book description: “Valuable not only for their sublime musical expression, the African American spirituals provide profound insights into the human condition and Christian life. Many spirituals focus on the climax of the Christian drama, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the ways in which those events bring about the liberation of God’s people.” Sign up by contacting Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org.

ATHEISM FOR LENT
Five Week Group Featuring the Teaching of Peter Rollins
Starting Sunday, March 10th (11:20am) Room 207

This group will follow curriculum by Peter Rollins and is designed to envelop you in what many mystics call the ‘Cloud of Unknowing’. As Rollins notes, “It takes true courage to enter into that dark cloud. But, if you’re ready and willing, that darkness will be illuminating.” You’ll receive access to articles, podcasts, book excerpts, and videos – one for every day of Lent. This group will come together every Sunday during Lent to discuss their experiences and insights as a community. Sign up by contacting Josh Lopez-Reyes at josh@theloftla.org.