“Fresh Bread” Book Discussions

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The Very Good Gospel

Fresh Bread discussions happen every Wednesday at 7pm in Matt’s office. We will begin discussing Lisa Sharon Harper’s The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right on January 10th. 

From Harper’s website: “Shalom is what God declared. Shalom is what the Kingdom of God looks like.  Shalom is when all people have enough. It’s when families are healed. It’s when churches, schools, and public policies protect human dignity. Shalom is when the image of God is recognized, protected and cultivated in every single human. Shalom is our calling as followers of Jesus’s gospel…”


Lisa Sharon Harper is the chief church engagement officer at Sojourners, a nonprofit organization committed to putting Christian faith into action in the pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship. She is the author of several books, including Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican…or Democrat and coauthor of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith. Harper has been recognized by The Huffington Post as one of “50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders” and is considered one of the nation’s most influential voices on a faith-rooted approach to advocacy. Harper speaks extensively, nationally and internationally, and lives in Washington, D.C.

Tentative reading and discussion schedule is as follows:

Jan 10 Foreword                                                                                Chapter 1: The Very Good Gospel xiii-xiv          1-16
Jan 17 Chapter 2: A Glimpse of Shalom                                        Chapter 3: Two Trees and the Fall 17-38          39-52
Jan 24 Chapter 4: Shalom with God 53-68
Jan 31 Chapter 5: Shalom with Self 69-82
Feb 7 Chapter 6: Shalom Between Genders 83-102
Feb 14 no meeting-
Feb 21 Chapter 7: Shalom and Creation 103-118
Feb 28 Chapter 8: Shalom for Broken Families 119-136
Mar 7 Chapter 9: Shalom and Race 137-158
Mar 14 Chapter 10: Shalom Between Nations 159-176
Mar 21 Chapter 11: Shalom and Witnessing Peace                              Chapter 12: Shalom and Life…and Death…and Life Conclusion 177-192    193-204    205-206

Fresh Bread meets Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15pm at the Camas Friends Meeting House (in the pastor’s office). Our most recent books include:

  • Thomas Kelly’s A Testament of Devotion
  • Science Mike’s Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found it Again Through Science
  • Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith
  • Julie Clawson’s Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices 
  • Philip Gulley’s Living the Quaker Way: Discover the Hidden Happiness in the Simple Life
  • Jim Wallis’s America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.

Fresh Bread Discussions are a great time to ask questions, get to know each other, and engage in spiritual formation. Hope to see you there!