Book Groups

Hillside’s singular mission is to help you ground your life in God’s love. In support of this mission, several times each year we gather for discussion around books that can help us to better understand and live in light of that love. Recent titles we’ve read together include How to Be an Antiracist and Caste. Book group meetings take place on Zoom and are open to anyone interested.

Scroll down to learn about our upcoming book groups.

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This Fall’s Book

This fall, our community will gather to read Brian McLaren’s Faith After Doubt, a work described as “Deeply reassuring to anyone who questions their faith or the existence of God… McLaren’s book teaches us not to fear doubt and how to embody faith after doubt, with suggestions for reflection and action.”

Meetings will take place Wednesdays, from October 20th to  November 17th @ 7:00 to 8:15pm on Zoom. Please let us know if you plan to join us using the REGISTER button below!

If you need financial assistance to purchase the book, please contact our pastor, Rev. Tom at [email protected].

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About the Book

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Faith After Doubt is for the millions of people around the world who feel that their faith is falling apart. Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality. He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages — Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony — offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and intensify their commitment to what matters most.

Session Breakdown

These are the portions of Faith After Doubt we’ll be discussing in each session. Reading the assigned pages beforehand will make the experience more meaningful both for you and other group participants.

Oct 20 – Session 1
Preface: Permission to Doubt & Introduction: Moments of Terror (6 pages)

Oct 27 – Session 2
Part I: Your Descent into Doubt (pages 3-58)

Nov 3 – Session 3
Part 2: All In Doubt (pages 59-130)

Nov 10 – Session 4
Part 3: Life After (and With) Doubt (pages 131-205)

Nov 17 – Session 5
Afterword: You’re Not Crazy and You’re Not Alone (pages 206-220)