I am a parish minister currently serving the Eliot Church of Natick MA. Eliot Church is a Community Church affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Any statements made and postions held in "Unity," however, are solely mine(of course, they may be used with appropriate atribution). Therefore if you disagree, please do not blame the church!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Two Books for Summer

Well, it is still hot, hot, hot, in Natick, MA and I am back from vacation! I am actually very excited about the upcoming year here at church. This month my primary task is to assist the RE program in developing a curriculum and program for the church. Our program must reflect both the traditions of the UUA and the UCC and reflect the congregation's growing interest in community involvement, social justice activities and the world's other religions (keeping in mind that we are, after all, liberal Christians). It ia a challenge for the heart and the head. I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.

Well, I jumped on the bandwagon and read Roadside Religion by Timothy K. Beal. Yes, it is published by Beacon. I wasn't expecting much at first, to be honest. It is the latest in a growing genre of "Finding Jesus/Buddha/God, etc on the Highway" kinds of books. Some have been excellent and others just OK. However, it turned out to be respectful and accessible. Good summer stuff and maybe sermon-worthy in some way after Christmas...

Actually, though. I would love to find a book this accessible about life in America for Muslims. Does anyone know of any? This genre does have some gaping holes that I would like to see filled and this is one of them.