‘Faith After Doubt’: A book discussion with the author, Brian D. McLaren

The bishop is pleased to welcome the book’s author, Brian D. McLaren, to the NEAC for a four-session online discussion of this book that Bishop Devadhar called “important and insightful.” 

In his address Bishop Devadhar said, “McLaren invites us to a future of hope. He invites us to transform our weariness into constructive collaborations with fellow Christians. He invites us to invest in the church of the future.” 

In Faith After Doubt, McLaren, a former pastor, postulates that questions of faith and doubt are not “the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith.” His model for faith development has four stages: Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony. 

McLaren writes: “Some people tell me they never have doubts. Faith comes easy to them, they say, at least it has so far. But many, many, many of us do have doubts, and sometimes our doubts seem more powerful than our beliefs. … I promise you: there is faith after doubt, and life after doubt, and life with doubt. … wait until you see where doubt can lead you and what doubt can teach you.”   

About the series 

This series is for everyone – clergy and laity. We especially encourage pastors and church members to participate together.  

You will get the most out of these discussions if you have read or at least begun Faith After Doubt prior to the series start. But even if you haven’t, we anticipate rich and fruitful conversations and urge all NEAC members to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. 

Over four sessions, McLaren will offer an overview of his book and examine the four stages with a specific focus each week. There will be time for questions as well as some small-group discussion.  

Each session takes place from 8-9 pm Mondays. The sessions will be recorded. 

  • Sept. 13, 2021 – Session One: An overview of Faith After Doubt  
  • Sept. 20, 2021 – Session Two: Spiritual life, a personal perspective 
  • Sept. 27, 2021 – Session Three: Liturgy and spiritual formation, a congregational perspective 
  • Oct. 4, 2021 – Session Four: Outreach and evangelism for congregations 

You are encouraged to bring your questions for Dr. McLaren, and he has prepared some questions/ prompts for you to consider and share during the discussions:  

  • Was there a sentence or paragraph from the book felt that especially meaningful to you personally? Why?  
  • Was there a sentence or paragraph from the book felt that especially meaningful to your congregation or our conference or denomination at this time? Why do you feel this is especially important to our Methodist family?   

You will receive additional prompts specific to each session with your registration confirmation. 

Registration 

Registration is open; use the button above. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 9.  

We will have some time for breakout discussion in small groups. If you want to participate in those as a congregation, there is a place to indicate that preference on the registration form. 

If you do not have a group from your church attending, you will be assigned to a breakout group with other participants.  

Use the button above to register once for all four sessions. You will be sent a Zoom link that will remain the same throughout.  

For detailed information, dates and times, please click here.

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