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Book Study: Beyond Resistance – Mondays

October 16, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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“If we can accept that some churches are going to die; if we can trust the capacity of our faith to sustain us through the grief and the pain that will come every time one does; and if we can shift our strategic approach to these deaths from reactive to proactive (meaning we have to be honest in our assessments with church leaders about their future); then we can have a very different kind of conversation.” p. 27


“There is much more to see in front of us than a dying church. There is more to perceive than the diminishment of resources. There is more to experience than grief. It is time not just to hope against hope, but to discover what there is beyond the horizon of our grief that grounds us in hope.” p. 61 


By the end of the book, I thought to myself, I could have written this. It so clearly describes my understanding of the deinstitutionalization of the Church, and our own experiences right here in PGV. And then I discovered this book was written in 2015. Before the acceleration brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yipes.

Last spring, over 50 people participated in a study of the book with me. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that I am delighted to share with you two important upcoming opportunities:

Fall 6-week study of the book, Beyond Resistance. Mondays, Oct 16 – Nov 20, 9-10 a.m.

Register by clicking the link here.
Purchase the book and read Chapter One: Death with Dignity for the first session.

Time with author John Dorhauer, Nov 18, 9:30 a.m.

On Saturday, November 18, we are delighted that author John Dorhauer will share a presentation with us on the learnings from the book. This event will be offered in-person for participants with the presenter Zoom-ing in (participants may attend by Zoom as well). There will be time for Q&A and a meal together. More details, including location and registration details to come.


We claim ourselves to be an Easter people. What does that mean, what does that look like in the context of Church in today’s postmodern world? I look forward to continuing the conversation!

Led by Susan Orr, transitional leader and stated clerk. Please contact Susan Orr at leader@pbygenval.org if financial assistance for securing the book would be helpful.


October 16, 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Elder Susan Orr