Augustine Reading Group at CTS blends live and online discussion

Augustine's magnum opus - City of God is the chosen on-going discussion topic for Christian Theological Seminary’s (CTS) Augustine Reading Group, meeting Tuesday evenings, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., for the remaining fall semester, and spring semester.  The reading group meets in the CTS Cafeteria.

This book has had incalculable influence not only on theology, but also on political theory, philosophy, and pastoral care, according to Dr. Rob Saler, research fellow and director of the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs.  Lilly Endowment's Clergy Renewal Programs are administered by the Center for Pastoral Excellence at CTS.

The newly formed Augustine Reading Group at CTS is, according to Saler, "purely for the intellectual and spiritual stimulation" that comes from reading classics of the Christian tradition.

In addition to the group that meets face-to-face on Tuesday evenings in the CTS cafe, the reading experience also includes a substantial online component in which fellow Augustine enthusiasts from places like St. Louis, Nashville, and Chicago are reading along with the assigned chapters for the week. The Augustine Reading Group at CTS Facebook page(www.facebook.com/ctsaugustine) is a venue where people from both the in-person and online groups can post comments, questions and discussion threads. 

"Once we get our rhythm going, my hope is that the online folks will raise questions in advance of the Tuesday night meeting, the Tuesday night group will discuss them, and then folks will report back on the Facebook page so that people across the country can share this reading and discussion experience" says Saler. 

If you would like to be a part of the group, "like" the Facebook  page (www.facebook.com/ctsaugustine). For questions, please contact Saler at rsaler@cts.edu.

Image of St. Augustine by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P
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