May 11, 2016 Abraham: a journey to the heart of three faiths" by Bruce Feiler. Both immediate and timeless, Abraham tells the powerful story of one man's search for the shared ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Traveling through war zones, braving violence at religious sites, and seeking out faith leaders, Bruce Feiler uncovers the defining yet divisive role that Abraham plays for half the world's believers. Provocative and uplifting, Abraham offers a thoughtful and inspiring vision of unity that redefines what we think about our neighbors, our future, and ourselves.
June 8, 2016 Integral Christianity: The Spirit’s Call to Evolve by Paul R. Smith. “An impassioned book that helps chart a future course of development for the Christian church, showing how the integral philosophy of evolution can illuminate our quest to find God.” Steve McIntosh. Paul Smith served Broadway Baptist Church in Westport his entire active ministry. He has modeled a vision of inclusion and progressive Christianity that inspired loving devotion and outspoken criticism. Paul will be with us to discuss his ministry, his vision and new ways of living.
July 13, 2016 Julie McPike is the Managing Director
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and will be with us to explore this local resource. Events that happened in the 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area led to the Civil War and an enduring struggle for freedom. Conflict over slavery and other issues drew those on both sides into a violent Border War. Missouri heroes were Kansas villains. Kansas victories were Missouri tragedies. Now Freedom’s Frontier bridges the border. We will participate in and listen to a “reader’s theater” piece.
August 10, 2016. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This novel published in 1953 is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury asserted to be the autoignition temperature of paper. In reality, scientists place the autoignition temperature of paper anywhere from high 440 degrees Fahrenheit to some 30 degrees hotter, depending on the study and type of paper. There is also a movie based on this book which can be watched to prepare for the conversation.
September 14, 2016. The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has been at the centre of global affairs for over four decades. He is convinced that the period of change we are living through is more significant, and the ramifications of the latest technological revolution more profound than any prior period of human history. He has dubbed this era the fourth industrial revolution which “entails nothing less than a transformation of humankind.”
October 12, 2016 Hostage by Elie Wiesel. The author builds the world of memories, haunted by the Holocaust and a Europe in the midst of radical change. This story is both a thriller and a meditation on the power of memory to connect us to the past and our shared need for resolution.
November 9, 2016. November 9, 2016. Pursuit of Truth by Monroe Dodd tells the story of Alvin Sykes who from Kansas City’s libraries plotted an unlikely course to civil rights history. Alvin will be with us.