Theology, Literature & Coffee (TLC) News

December 10, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:15am

TLC will finish the discussion of the second of the two connected Robinson novels, Home (the first being Gilead), and choose a new book for January.

Just four years after Gilead, Robinson published Home, an unusual exercise: a concurrent companion to Gilead, not sequel but sibling, narrating the same events as that novel, but in the context of a different family history and from different perspectives. In the midst of John Ames's elegiac reminiscences in Gilead suddenly appears his namesake, John (Jack) Ames Boughton, the prodigal son of Ames's best friend, the reverend Robert Boughton, a Presbyterian minister. Home retells Jack Boughton's story from the point of view of his younger sister, Glory, who has reluctantly returned to Gilead at the age of 38 to care for her dying father.

We will compare a few scenes that occur in both books and also discuss the shared themes of race, baseball, the relationship between father and son, and grace. We will learn how Gilead and Home intertwine and complement one another in the grace, reconciliation, and forgiveness of the Christian faith.

Join us on Sunday, December 10, at 9:00 am as we come to know one another and our God better in the discussion of these theologically rich, beautiful novels written by a sister of ours in the United Church of Christ, and as we choose a new book for January.

Please feel free to contact Bill Ragan at or on his cell: 484-860-4108 with any questions about this adult education opportunity.


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