DeWitt's United Church of Christ

Our faith is 2000 years old; our thinking is not!

BOOK CLUB FOR PEOPLE OF SOME KIND OF FAITH

We are curious about faith and welcome opportunities 
to discuss faith in all its expressions and nuances.

We are people who are curious about faith and welcome opportunities to discuss faith in all its expressions and nuances.

What makes this book club special?  We offer more than discussion.  We invite a guest lecturer, either the author or an expert on the topic of the book, to open our meeting with a 30-minute presentation.  Discussion continues with the leadership of a moderator.

We meet at Whisk Away Cafe & Bakery, DeWitt, Iowa, on occasional Sunday evenings, from 6:00-8:00.  A $10 registration fee covers the cost of elegant hors d'oeuvres, crafted by the Whisk Away chef, as well as transportation costs for our guest speaker.


Coming in November

Words in a Journey of Care 

by Lynn M. Butterbrodt, who will lead the discussion...

November 20, 2016

Butterbrodt’s husband, Ross, was diagnosed with cancer twice in his life. The first time was as a two-year-old child and the second time was in 2010, a mere three months before he died.Far from offering pat answers or platitudes about cancer or the afterlife, the author invites readers to wrestle with the beautiful, terrible realities of life and death, and to find strength and hope in the knowledge that we are never alone in our journeys.


Books we have discussed this year:

Jesus Is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered by Martin B. Copenhaver

Sunday, June 19, 2016  

Asking questions was central to Jesus’ life and teachings. In fact, for every question he answers directly he asks—literally—a hundred. Jesus is the Question considers the questions Jesus asks—what they tell us about Jesus and, more important, what our responses might say about what it means to follow Him. Through Jesus’ questions, he modeled the struggle, the wondering, the thinking it through that helps us draw closer to God and better understand, not just the answer, but ourselves, our process and ultimately why questions are among Jesus’ most profound gifts for a life of faith. A game-changer of a book.  Amazon Review

Dr. Tadd Rutenik will lead our discussion. Dr. Ruetenik is Professor of Philosophy at St. Ambrose University. He grew up in a household that was very shy talking about religion, and only discovered the connection between philosophy and religion while at Eastern Michigan University. His interests were kindled at that point, and in the years since, he has lived in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, alternating between Catholicism, Seventh Day Adventism, Christian Science, and various flavors of Lutheranism. Along the way, he received a masters in philosophy at University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and literature from Purdue University. 


Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton 

Sunday, April 17, 2016  

Food pantries, clothes closets and mission trips have become unquestioned bastions of America's charitable landscape. But do these well-intended services -- many of them run by religious organizations -- really help the poor?

According to Robert Lupton, not really. He draws on his 40 years' experience as an urban activist in Atlanta, and he argues that most charitable work is ineffective or actually harmful to those it is supposed to help.  By Josef Kuhn,Religion News Service

Our guest speaker is Jennifer Kreiter.Jennifer Sbertoli Kreiter was born in Rock Island, Illinois and has lived in Des Moines Iowa, Chicago, Illinois, Forest Lake Minnesota and Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family.  Jenny spent Kindergarten through 12th grade in the Minneapolis Public School System. This allowed her to thrive in a diverse community with individuals who represented Native Americans, African Americans and Hmong refugees from Vietnam to name a few ethnic groups she had the privilege to call peers, friends and teachers!
Jenny has a BA from Augustana College with an emphasis on Women's Studies.  She has worked in the child welfare field since 1988 in a variety of capacities.  Most recently she was named the Operations Manager for Community Action of Eastern Iowa.  She resides in DeWitt with her husband Kurt Kreiter.  She loves her children, Casey and Haley, who amaze her on a daily basis.


The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks By Jeanne Theoharis or Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks

Sunday, February 21, 2016  

Our guest speaker is Dr. Ed Veasey.  Dr. Veasey is associate principal at Central High School in Davenport. He grew up in Rock Island, graduated from Wartburg College, and has numerous graduate degrees from the University of Iowa and Western Illinois University.  He has worked in every level of education from elementary to high school. He is active in the Quad-City community, especially in areas that focus on youth. 


Registration is Important.
Registration
6:00-8:00 p.m.                $10
Whisk Away Cafe & Bakery    919 6th Avenue    DeWitt, Iowa  52742