UPDATED 3/12/2014:

Preparation for Learning in the Living for Monday, March 17, 2014 with Dana Allen Walsh: “Book on Giving”:

The discussion will be based on the provocative and prophetic book How to Save a Life by Peter Singer. The following synopsis will familiarize you with the concepts in the book and aid in the discussion:

The Premise

The premise of Peter Singer’s book The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, to get us as the reader to consider our obligations to those who are trapped in extreme poverty.

Singer begins the first chapter of his book with the following scenario:

Suppose that on your way to work you see a toddler flailing about in a pond. There is no one besides you around to help. If you don’t act to save the child, he will probably drown. However, saving him means ruining your new shoes, muddying your clothes, and making yourself late for work. “What should you do?” Singer asks (p. 3).

If you’re anything like the students Singer has taught, you’ve responded that you should save the toddler. Compared to the value of his life, ruining your new shoes, muddying your clothes, and making yourself late for work don’t matter at all.

“Most of us are absolutely certain that we wouldn’t hesitate to save a drowning child, and that we would do so at considerable cost to ourselves. Yet while thousands of children die each day, we spend money on things we take for granted and would hardly notice if they were not there. Is that wrong? If so, how far does our obligation to the poor go?” (p. 12).

Read the entire synopsis here: The Life You Can Save synopsis (PDF)


Introduction to the Lenten Series

For more than a thousand years, Christians have been setting aside forty days before Easter (not including Sundays) and calling it the season of Lent. It is viewed as a time for reflection on our faith, and for repentance and change from the habits and practices that separate us from God and from others. In Lent, our focus naturally turns inward, as we reflect on our own lives, and our true needs.

In this Lenten season at Hancock, we’ll engage this classic discipline by looking together at the extended block of Jesus’ teachings that have come to be called the Sermon on the Mount. It can be found in the gospel of Matthew, filling chapters five, six and seven.

For each Lenten Sunday, the sermon will explore his words from the Sermon on the Mount on a particular theme or topic. On the Monday evening following the sermon, a “Learning in the Living Room” gathering will take place in the home of Hancock member. At these events, discussions or activities will allow us to explore the themes in more detail. Paul, Dana, Pam, Alex, Becca and Nancy will all be involved in leading these events.

You may come to one, or to them all, or just to the ones that you choose. We hope to see you in Lent!

Lenten Brochure 2014Download this year’s Lenten Brochure: Lenten Brochure 2014 (PDF)

“Learning in the Living Room” Lenten Series Schedule

Every Monday at 7:30, starting March 10 until April 7th

March 10
Havruta Conversations in Pairs
Leader: Paul Shupe
Location: Yvette and Bill Kirby’s home at 272 Concord Ave

March 17
Book on Giving
Leader: Dana Allen Walsh
Location: Bill & Susan McClements’ home at 5 Stetson Road

March 24
Labyrinth and other Forms of Prayer
Leaders: Pam Cochrane and Nancy Rottman
Location: Kathie Stuart Room at Hancock Church

March 31
Deeper Longings
Becca Lockwood
Location: Kathie Stuart at Hancock Church

April 7
Finding Sabbath in the Storm
Leader: Alex Shea Will
Location: Sam & Nancy Jo Altschuler’s home at 2 Butterfield Rd