We are excited to announce a new adult ed opportunity here at Carmel—the Book Club, taking place in the Winter of 2019! Join Pastor Ashley in reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark, a fascinating look at the ways in which darkness helps us understand our selves, and our God more deeply.
Taylor has an ability to help us all hone in on the uncomfortable parts of our lives and spiritual development—those things that we keep buried in the dark.
We will be meeting at various Book Club member homes throughout the six-week course to share light snacks and converse through the reading.
Meeting Dates: 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28
Time: 7:30 PM
Taylor has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness. Doesn’t God work in the nighttime as well? In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” She argues that we need to move away from our “solar spirituality” and ease our way into appreciating “lunar spirituality” (since, like the moon, our experience of the light waxes and wanes). Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most.
“I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.” – Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark