On Thursdays from January 6 to February 17 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Zoom, Bishop Shannon will lead a diocesan book study of The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers. Spellers is the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism and reconciliation and was the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Vermont’s 2018 convention.
“Since our time will be limited, we will not cover everything in the study guide,” writes Bishop Shannon. “To aid our discussions, I recommend participants keep a journal of their reflections from the study. The study guide includes good prompts for reflection. Additionally, the study guide includes information useful to those using an electronic reader. I am looking forward to this time together to explore our life as an institution, faith and people, past present and future.”
The reading will be done in advance of each session. The discussion schedule is as follows.
Week 1 – intro & chapter 1
Week 2 – chapter 2 & 3
Week 3 – chapter4
Week 4 – chapter 5
Week 5- chapter 6
Week 6 – chapter 7
Week 7 – chapter 8 & conclusion