Teesside Group – Journeyings

About Us

“Journeyings” is a monthly ecumenical Book Club. It includes Quakers, Methodists, Catholics, Anglicans and anyone else who wishes to participate.

We are a friendly, articulate, questioning group of people, very accepting of different points of view, and trusting of each other to disagree and remain good friends. We are concerned for each other, and supportive of each other.

Currently we are exploring “Biblical Literalism - a Gentile heresy” by John Shelby Spong. He argues that Matthew’s gospel was compiled to provide complementary readings to the weekly Sabbath readings in the synagogue of the Jewish Torah. This was when the first followers of Jesus were convinced themselves, and seeking to convince other worshippers that Jesus was the long-promised Jewish Messiah.

See the Bulletins section for notes to help prepare for the discussions.

Venue & Meeting Times

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month, 2.30 - 4.00.p.m. at The Friends’ Meeting House, High Green, Great Ayton.. TS9 6BJ

This is in the centre of Great Ayton, across the Green from the Royal Oak pub, and the Co-op supermarket.

Our next few meetings are on:  April 11th; May 9th; June 20 - please note this is the third Tuesday of June; after that we will be back to the 2nd Tuesday each month.

Group History

We began in 2005, and have met more or less monthly ever since.

Books - we have discussed have ranged through works by Marcus Borg, Jack Spong, John Dominic Crossan, Karen Armstrong, Tom Wright, Keith Ward, Lloyd Geering, Brian McLaren, and Bart Ehreman,

We review biography, theology, Christian action, other faith traditions, and life-style topics.

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