In September 2020, Mennonite Church Canada, Mennonite Church U.S.A. and Herald Press began encouraging Mennonites to engage in a “common read,” a shared reading experience focused on specific books written to nurture Christian faith in this cultural moment.
Common Read continues September 2021 through November 2021 with Tongue-Tied: Learning the Lost Art of Talking about Faith by Sara Wenger Shenk. Common Read participants can join the author on a live Zoom event on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. ET. Books are available from CommonWord and other retailers.
Many Christians easily talk about movies, sports, politics, jobs, and emotions, but they struggle when it comes to talking about faith. In Tongue-Tied, Wenger Shenk investigates the reasons that people who claim the name of Christ are so reluctant to talk about him. She served as president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) for almost 10 years.
After reading Tongue-Tied this fall, Common Read will continue in January 2022 with Been in the Struggle: Pursuing an Antiracist Spirituality by Regina Shands Stoltzfus and Tobin Miller Shearer and April 2022 with Not Quite Fine: Mental Health, Faith, and Showing Up for One Another by Carlene Hill Byron.
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