“The Great Spiritual Migration:

How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian”

By Brian McLaren

Inviting all believers, questioners and questioning believers to a rich faith discussion!  First Churches will begin home reflection groups for the Lenten Season beginning on the week of Monday, February 27 and continuing for 6 weeks until Holy Week and Easter in mid-April.  Groups will meet weekly, and we hope to offer 4-5 different times and locations in the day and evening.  Sign ups will begin as soon as we set the sites and dates.  (Please contact pastor@firstchurches.org if you are willing to be a group facilitator or willing to host a group in your home.  You don’t have to do both!)

Books will be on sale at the church starting Sunday, February 5 at a cost of $15.

Here is more information about the book and author:

The Great Spiritual Migration

The Christian story, from Genesis until now, is fundamentally about people on the move—outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life. It’s time to move again.
Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary spirituality and religion, argues that— notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance—Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun. Drawing from his work as global activist, pastor, and public theologian, McLaren challenges readers to stop worrying, waiting, and indulging in nostalgia, and instead, to embrace the powerful new understandings that are reshaping the church. In The Great Spiritual Migration, he explores three profound shifts that define the change:
∙ Spiritually, growing numbers of Christians are moving away from defining themselves by lists of beliefs and toward a way of life defined by love ∙ Theologically, believers are increasingly rejecting the image of God as a violent Supreme Being and embracing the image of God as the renewing Spirit at work in our world for the common good ∙ Missionally, the faithful are identifying less with organized religion and more with organizing religion—spiritual activists dedicated to healing the planet, building peace, overcoming poverty and injustice, and collaborating with other faiths to ensure a better future for all of us.