Academy #42 Required Reading

Reading assignments from faculty of Academy #42 held at Camp McDowell at Nauvoo, Alabama. Books are added when received from faculty presenters. Please check back frequently for new book additions.

Session One: January 23-28, 2023

 Attentiveness to the Word – Juan Carlos Huertas

Group A: Select one book from both groups A & B
1.  Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God by Macrina Wiederkher
2. Things Hidden: Scripture As Spirituality by Richard Rohr

Group B: Select one book from both groups A & B
1.  Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization ed. Steve Heinrichs
2. This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories that Make Us by Cole Arthur Riley

Traditions of Christian Spirituality – Amy Oden

    1. Foster, Richard. Streams of Living Water, HarperOne, 2001.
    2. Roberta Bondi. To Pray and To Love: Conversations on Prayer With the Early Church. Fortress Press, 1991

Session Two: April 24-29, 2023

Hebrew Spirituality – Rabbi David Horowitz

  1. God Was in this Place and I, I Did Not Know, by Lawrence Kushner
  2.  The Message of the Psalms, by Walter Brueggemann

Spiritual Disciplines – Larry Peacock

  1. Openings – A Daybook for Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices
  2. An Altar in the World, by Barbara Brown Taylor

Session Three: August 7-12, 2023

Liturgy & Spirituality – Don Saliers

  1. Worship Come To Its Senses (OSL Publications)
  2. The Three-Year Banquet by Gail Ramshaw, Fortress Press

New Testament Spirituality: Shively Smith

  1. Howard Thurman, Sermon on the Parables
  2. Gordon D. Fee, Listening to the Spirit in the Text
  3. Suggested optional Reading, Howard Thurman’s essay, “Jesus: An Interpretation,” in Jesus and the Disinherited,  (first chapter of book)

Session Four: October 16-21, 2023

Roman Catholic Spirituality – Chris DeSilva

  1. Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Gregory Boyle, SJ
  2. The Crucible of Racism: Ignatian Spirituality and the Power of Hope by Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ

Spirituality and Embodiment – Claudio Carvalhaes (choose two of the three options below)

  1. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of  Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  2. Praying With Every Heart – Orienting Our Lives to the Wholeness of the World (Kindle version for $9.99) (Oregon: Cascade Books, 2021)
  3. Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key, by Larry L. Rasmussen (Free Audiobook with Audibles trial)

Session Five: January 22-27, 2024

Prayer and the Art of Discernment – Roberta Bondi

  1. To Pray and To Love by Roberta Bondi
  2. Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

Orthodox Spirituality – Fr. John Mefrige


Session Six: April 8-13, 2024

Protestant Spirituality – Molly Vetter


Spirituality and Ways of Healing – Grace Imathiu


Session Seven: August 5-10, 2024

Christian Spirituality in the Global Context – Bishop Hee-Soo Jung


Spiritual Leadership in Local Faith Communities – Valerie Lomax Jackson


Session Eight: November 11-16, 2024

Sustaining Our Life in Christ: A Rule of Life – Marjorie Thompson


Bearing Witness to the Reign of God in the World – Luther Smith