Staying Awake (Lent Challenge Group)

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Alternative circuit Lent Group

I'm looking for a small group of North Kent Methodists willing to be challenged in their theology and practice during Lent. This challenge will come in the form of a 'book club' to read and discuss Rev Tyler Sit's recent book, 'Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers'.

Rev Sit is a Methodist minister, church planter, and social activist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a second-generation Chinese American and identifies as queer. He uses Jesus' term 'Staying Awake' to refer to finding the resources to persevere in the long challenge of confronting and changing systematic injustice in the world.

This book is not for those complacent with their current understanding of Christianity and the Gospel message. Though written in an engaging and readable style, the content of the book often challenges with perspectives from marginalized groups. If you're willing to be stretched, this book — and this Lent study — might be for you.

I intend to offer this Lent Challenge on Sunday afternoons beginning on 6 March and continuing for 6 weeks through Palm Sunday. It will probably be offered virtually, though there is a possibility for meeting in person. Group members will need to purchase the book (which I can make available at £12.50) and agree to read up to 40 pages before each session. At this point, I anticipate the number of participants will be limited to 12 to allow effective interaction and discussion.

If you are interested, please contact me at bonni-belle.pickard@methodist.org.uk