Summer Reading

We are pleased to announce two summer books for the Newbigin Fellowship. We selected these books because they provide an excellent introduction to the work of the fellowship in the coming year. While optional and not required, many fellows in the past have found summer reading oriented toward the fellowship curriculum to provide helpful preparation.

As an added bonus, the author of one of the books, Kristin Kobes Du Mez will be our first webinar speaker in September! 

More details about each book below: 

Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited. This sage, prophetic book will provide helpful framing for the kind of probing conversations we will have throughout the fellowship year. It’s likely this is a book some of you will have already read – but then you will know better than anyone else, it is a book worth rereading! 

Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne. Much of the work we do in the Newbigin Fellowship will be about locating ourselves in time and place. It’s hard to think of a better book to help us do that work than this book, only published last month. Jesus and John Wayne will help us understand how we got to the very strange place we find ourselves in today. It’s also a book that offers hope for how we can work toward a better tomorrow. 

Some questions to ponder as you read:

  1. What are the different views (or versions) of Jesus that emerge from these books?
  2. Which of these views have been part of your own spiritual journey? 

For 2020-21 fellows, we’ll be creating a discussion forum for you to share your thoughts and questions about the books, so stay tuned!

Peter Choi

Peter is Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Justice and also serves on the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union. The author of George Whitefield: Evangelist for God and Empire (Eerdmans, 2018), his next book project is provisionally titled Subverting Faith: Early Evangelicals and the Making of Race (under contract with Oxford University Press).
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